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How to Catch a Moving Train & Typography for Developers

This week we have two talks, the first is by Caike Souza is entitled "How to catch a moving train" which will cover how to make it easier for Rails developers to jump into existing code bases.  The second is by Alyssa Nicoll entitled "Typography for Developers", where she'll cover why you should care about typography when it comes to developing web applications.  Free sodas and beer, and the first time our meetup will be in the new Envy Labs workspace.

How to Catch a Moving Train

All Rails projects are fun to start. Some, however, might be a pain to join. Things like application setup, access to credentials, deployment strategies, and general project information scattered all over the place are just a few of the many things that can get in the way of new developers joining an ongoing Rails project. In this session we will take a look at a list of practices, conventions and tools that can facilitate developers jumping on existing Rails project and help cut to the chase.

Typography for Developers

Why should typography matter to you as a developer? What are you saying with the type that you choose without even realizing it? Come learn the answers to these questions and more. I'll be covering type crimes, feelings and baggage associated with type, and how to refine your process when choosing fonts. 

Alyssa did this talk for the EdTech meetup late last month, and it was so good that I invited her to come do it again.

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  • Brad B.

    Inspiring presenters and great presentations.

    1 · September 13, 2013

  • Matthew C.

    Two really outstanding presentations. I really appreciate the insights into creating new well named abstractions and classes to make it blatantly obvious where concepts should be maintained in code and also the guidelines on what kind of info to keep up to date in your README and to answer the WHY question of a change in your commit messages not just the WHAT. Those are recommendations everyone can do now which will make a world of difference to new developers on a project.

    As a developer who wishes I was a much better designer I learned a lot from the Typography presentation. The highlights for me were the info on how fonts can influence the believability of an article or a viewers emotions in general and the way the presentation itself showcased examples of well thought out typography without compromising the concepts of simple text on a slide. Thanks Carlos and Alyssa!

    2 · September 13, 2013

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    September 7, 2013

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