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The Raleigh-Durham Web Design Group Monthly Meetup

  • Feb 11, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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With easily more than 50 JavaScript charting libraries out there, it can be confusing to pick the right one.  We'll look at some of the more prominent players in this space like Flot, jqPlot, Highcharts.js, Google Chart Tools, Chart.js.  The popular D3 is more of a graphics library and, as such, several charting libraries build on top of it.  When jQuery 2.0 dropped support for IE8 and earlier last year, it opened the door for us to sensibly target only those browsers which support Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and the HTML5 canvas element (with CSS3) and it is these technologies which underpin modern charting libraries. 

So, what are the differences between SVG and canvas as an implementer, and for the end user?  And what benefits are gained for the user (animations, hover effects, etc)?  What gets lost versus server-generated images (save the image or copy it into an email or document)?  We will actually look at some clever hacks that try to restore the ability to save rendered charts as an image, all executing client-side in the browser.

About the presenter:  Ian Cillay has been developing Web applications since 1996, having spent most of these years working for design-centric agencies in London.  Since moving to the Triangle in 2007, he has become active in the open data and civic hacking movement, and is a member of Cary's Code for America brigade and co-founder of Triangle Open Data Day [], a free event for programmers, data analysts, web developers and designers, which will take place on February 22nd 2014.

Note About Meeting Times

Since many of us get to the meeting early, we will make a half-hour available as a meet-eat-and-greet time prior to any presentations or shop talk. We will continue to start formally at 7:30pm, but the time change is to reflect this chatting time.

Since we all usually chat as people arrive, we will not continue to do a round-robin greeting at 7:30pm. We will instead end the greeting period with announcements, and then give the floor to the presenter or moderator.



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About the Location

Look for suite 201 on the second floor. It's to your left as you leave the elevator. The main entrance usually closes at 7pm. We'' leave instructions on whom to call after 7pm.

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  • patti W.

    Drove all the way over and my GPS could not find the building. It said to turn right and there was a wooded area. Police all over intersection but said to keep moving so no help there. Maybe next time I will go in the daytime and find the building first!

    February 11, 2014

    • Mitch A.

      That's unfortunate. It happens though. Google Street-view may help you recognize it. It is the big office building set back at the intersection of Trinity and Edwards Mill Road. On the other side of the road is a Wendy's restaurant. The police you saw were directing traffic for a game at NC State.

      February 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are locked out. At front door

    February 11, 2014

  • Ian C

    Just confirming that I am still able to make it in, presuming of course that TEKsystems is still keeping the room open.

    February 11, 2014

  • Eric

    Is 30 a hard limit for attendance?

    February 11, 2014

    • E.Dieter M.

      What Michael said, not everybody will come . (right now I am expecting only 50%). But we need to get a feel for the room capacity, since it is a new room for us.

      February 11, 2014

    • Michael K.

      the room comfortably holds... 20. 30 is a stretch, but is possible - ends up being 'SRO' a bit, but there are more chairs to grab from other rooms.

      February 11, 2014

  • Timothy G.

    I also removed my RSVP due to weather.

    February 11, 2014

  • Timothy G.

    Sorry I'm gonna have to cancel tonight also.

    February 11, 2014

  • Jeff M.

    I'm actually going to have to skip this one (non-weather-related). Sorry for the super-late notice, but hopefully this allows someone else to attend who's waiting! (I've changed my RVSP status.)

    February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just removed my reservation due to weather.

    February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot make it tonight. My apologies.

    February 11, 2014

  • Michael K.

    Meeting still on tonight?

    February 11, 2014

  • Mitch A.

    Just FYI, there is a chance of inclement weather throughout this week.

    February 10, 2014

  • Dan Y.

    I'll be in San Diego, conveniently, for the jQuery conference.

    February 4, 2014

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