Next few meetups....
February: How you (should) use CSS (The speaker hasn't confirmed but we can still talk on it.)
Also Keval has requested to talk about a site, www.gotoaid.com, and get feedback from the group on his design.
March: Progressive Enhancement: Best Practice for Best Browsing
April: Video on the Web. Thanks to Dave Curtis of Your Video Team (www.yourvideoteam.com) for moderating the discussion.
A couple of members have volunteered to lead some discussions this year -- please consider leading one yourself if you feel you or your company does work in one of the topic areas.
2009 Tentative Agenda
Search engine optimization & SEO tools
Internet Explorer: Annoyances, Hacks, and Fixes; or "IE Doesn't Play So Friendly".
How & Why to Design for Accessibility
User Interface Tips and Tricks; Accessible Drop-down Menus and Other CSS Designs
The Business of Web Freelancing; business models, pricing, payments
The Business of Web Freelancing: Project Management
The Business of Using Freelancers: qualifying suppliers
AJAX: How to Get Started
Content Management Systems: Grokking Joomla
Hackers, Crackers, and Stalkers: Securing Your Site
Graphic Design 101
Design vs. Code: Bridging the gaps; or "Switching to the Dark Side"
Web Site Redesign and Renovation: Pitfalls and Best Practice
The whole Shebang: Development and Deployment Strategies; or "Not Taking Stupid Risks"
(Change control, Versioning, Syncronization, Redundancy, DB Design Archiving, Backups)
Measuring Web Metrics: Tools and Techniques
(Google Analytics, Web Trends, Metrics after site is deployed)
If you have an idea for a topic or wish to speak ]let me know. I'd be happy to update the agenda.
About the Location
Panera has WiFi access, deep pots of coffee, and plenty of room. Please be polite to the staff and mindful of other customers. We do need to vacate by 9pm so the staff can close up!
*** GOOGLE/YAHOO/MAPQUEST MAPS ARE WRONG ***
The location info has a link to work around problems with Google and Yahoo Maps. The address on the embedded map was tweaked to get the Yahoo link to point to the geographical vicinity.
Mitch made a better map on MapBuilder: Map Builder Map of Panera Bread
2008 Past Meetings:
December: What do you want out of the Meetup?
January Topic: Favorite Web Editing and Design Tools
February: Design Templates as "Silver Bullets": Pros and Cons of Web Design Templates
March: Designing with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
April: Search Engine Marketing
May: How it Fits: Scripting Languages
June: Flash Tools (bad showing!)
July: Web architecture overview (bad showing!)
August: Videos and Movies on the Web
September tickler topic: Search Engine Optimization; also mod_rewrite
October: Template Languages: Designing for Content Management Systems and Blogs
November: "Web 3.0" ; Social networking and other trends.
2007 Past Meetings:
Jan: Site critique; What is "Reasonable Disclosure" for a freelancer?
Feb: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
March: Firebug debugger & Firefox extensions (proposed Book swap a non-event)
April: Color - Theory, Web Rules of Thumb, Design Resources
May: Layout - Space, Composition, Template Design & Idioms
June: Fonts - Typesetting jargon, Good Style, Controlling, Tools
July: Vector Art - Basic Techniques, Tools, Resources
August: Bitmaps - Image Editing, Basic Photo Tips, Tools, Resources
September: Human Factors - Interface considerations, Heuristics, Tips
October: AJAX & JS Animation & Libraries
November: Flash Basics & Tools
Dec: Agenda discussion
Special Called Meeting for Dec: Markup Northeast - Dinner & organizational discussion