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Monthly Meet Up

Ongoing agenda:

6:30 - Food and merriment

7:00 - Presentations begin

"Hybrid App Development for Pragmatic Perfectionists"

by Brad Marsh

We all want to build mobile apps.  You, me, your crazy brother-in-law's second cousin who has an "AWESOME IDEA THAT WILL BE BIGGER THAN FACEBOOK!!!!" (Admit it, you've gotten that email).

Unfortunately, though, building native mobile apps is hard.  It requires the ability to work in Eclipse or God forbid XCode.  Not to mention knowledge of Java or Objective C. Just thinking about doing either of those for a prolonged period of time might of just made me throw up in my mouth a little.

Not that I'm a Javascript snob.  I've seen plenty of the so called "hybrid apps".  Even contributed a few of my own.  Most suffer from the same non-trivial issues:

  • Poor UX when compared to their native counterparts
  • Memory Issues
  • Inflexibility

That's why I've been pleasantly surprised the last few weeks, when with the help of some super talented people I've been able to put together a (nearly) perfect example of what a hybrid app should be.  And almost just as important, we've been able to extract out of this project a framework that should allow any javascript developer to do the same.

In this talk I'll walk through this framework, how it solves some of the problems mentioned above and show off a prototype of an app that makes use of it.


"Developer's Guide to JavaScript and Web Cryptography"

by Kevin Hakanson

The increasing capabilities and performance of the web platform allow for more feature-rich user experiences. How can JavaScript based applications utilize information security and cryptography principles? This session will explore the current state of JavaScript and Web Cryptography. We will review some basic concepts and definitions, discuss the role of TLS/SSL, show some working examples that apply cryptography to real-world use cases and take a peek at the upcoming W3C WebCryptoAPI. Code samples will use CryptoJS in the browser and the Node.js Crypto module on the server. An extended example will secure the popular TodoMVC project using PBKDF2 for key generation, HMAC for data integrity and AES for encryption.


It's always a great event, hope to see you there!

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  • Ehryk

    June 26, 2013

    • Alma A.

      Thanks for the info!!

      June 27, 2013

  • Zach L.

    Handlebars is a popular extension of the mustache templating language. As a dev, focus on learning handlebars. As a recruiter focus on people who have used client-side templating languages such as handlebars, dust, mustache etc.

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • Alma A.

      Hey Zach thanks for the info/appreciate the info!

      1 · June 27, 2013

  • Alma A.

    HI I will be there- I have a question? I'm new to the group and the field. I have a client looking for mustache and handlebars, does anyone know the difference between the two? I was just wondering if anyone had any insights. Thanks.

    June 26, 2013

  • Pete K.

    I'm extremely interested in the cordova framework that was presented. Where would I look to check for updates about it?

    June 14, 2013

  • CT Y.

    great talk.

    June 4, 2013

  • anil

    I really enjoyed the pesentations both by Brad and Kevin, a great learning experience

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    If you thought my presentation was of value, visit my session submission for Minnesota Developers Conference 2013 and "Like"

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Robi I.

    It was my first time there and it was great. I would love to see more in future.

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Ketan K.

    Enjoyed presentations by both presenters. Thank you.

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Great presentations this time.

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Eric K.

    Great presentations!

    3 · May 30, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    Lot's of fun tonight. Did anybody get an attendee count? Probably not the 96 RSVPs, but I bet in the 80s. Also, here is the link to my presentation:

    2 · May 30, 2013

  • Peter M.

    This will be my first meetup and beginning month of really diving into JavaScript. Really excited to meet new Front-end programmers and gain new perspective and outlook into the way I develop. Here is what I currently do at

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Ryan S.

    I'll be there!

    2 · May 23, 2013

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