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CSS Image Sprites; CouchDB

The Whys and Hows of CSS Sprites
presented by Colin Harris at 7:00pm Using CSS image sprites can greatly improve your site's responsiveness by reducing the amount of requests to the server. They can be, however, incredibly annoying to create and maintain. Colin Harris will give a 10 minute lightning talk on why you should be using sprites, and how his useful Ruby library takes the pain out of the process.
Document-Oriented Databases: A CouchDB Primer
presented by Jeff Siarto at 7:20pm As web developers, we work with relational databases like MySQL everyday. Yet sometimes our data doesn't fit into this model — foreign keys and mapping tables aren't the always the answer. Apache CouchDB is a different kind of database. It's document-oriented and built for the web. Jeff Siarto will talk about the concepts behind CouchDB, including REST, JSON, and the available Ruby and Javascript client libraries. He'll also introduce you to the CouchDB web interface, and explain the scenarios in which you should choose document-oriented over relational.
Monthly Site Critique
led by TBA at 8:10pm For the second month in a row, we plan to wrap up the event with a site critique. This is a highly interactive, rapid-fire segment led by different web professional each month.
We rely on your suggestions in deciding which site to review, so please leave a comment on this Meetup event page with a URL. The leader will choose one site from the suggestions and prepare a few notes ahead of time to guide the group. It should be a great analytical segue to more conversation and drinks after the meetup, so stick around!

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  • Matt P.

    Videos of this month's meetup have been posted on Vimeo. Watch them, download them, embed them, etc. http://vimeo.com/album/201573

    March 27, 2010

  • Matt P.

    Had a great time at the meetup last night. There seemed to be more interaction between attendees, which is encouraging. Can't wait til next month.

    March 18, 2010

  • Kabari H.

    I thought the talks were great, well thought out, and appropriate for the audience.

    March 18, 2010

  • Seth M.

    css-spriter looks like a huge time saver. I'll definitely be using it. The site critique is a great idea. I'm looking forward to doing more of that. I wonder if it might be worth critiquing the code as well.

    March 18, 2010

  • Ray H.

    All three presenters did well. I learned things I didn't know about sprites, CouchDB, and design evaluation. Looking forward to future meetings with this group.

    March 18, 2010

  • Steve S.

    Really enjoyed the variety of information. Great job, Jeff on CouchDB.

    March 17, 2010

  • Dennis D.

    As a designer, I was lost for much of the developer show-n-tell style of these meetups. This really is a meetup geared towards the techy developer, not a web designer/front-end developer. I'll keep tabs for future topics of interest.

    March 17, 2010

  • Matt P.

    Better yet... How about critiquing http://sitby.us, the find-a-SXSW-panel and sit-by-your-Twitter-friends web application created by Chicago's own WeightShift.

    March 13, 2010

  • Matt P.

    Anyone have additional site critique ideas? How about this year's SXSW site? http://sxsw.com

    March 13, 2010

  • Jon B.

    Another potential site to critique: http://www.thinkingforaliving.org

    March 8, 2010

  • Matt P.

    Potential site to critique: http://cameronmoll.tumblr.com/

    March 8, 2010

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