Women Who Code Front-End Study Group, session 11! We'll be meeting July 23 & 30. We are committed to creating a safe space to learn and ask questions. This study group is only open to people who identify as women. Emphatically queer and trans friendly.
Listserv: please join http://groups.google.com/group/wwc-frontend to get all our announcements! Please join the group even if you can't come to this week's meetup - notes, homework, links of interest, etc are posted there every week.
Location/logistics: We're at Adobe SF thanks to Julee Burdekin! Please note that all visitors need a valid ID to sign into Adobe, and to be willing to sign a very basic NDA (for the unlikely case in which you overhear any company secrets). If you take a second to put your name (and your GitHub name) down on https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApX7gfgl0Z95dG8tR3pMU2ZTT0x1a1hnX3llUjBhYUE, you will be added to our group GitHub and a badge will be waiting for you at the door. Julee provides light snacks + drinks (if you can afford to give her a couple bucks or even better bring a snack or drink, please do) but please take care of your own dinner!
Transit info: MuniMetro, the 10/19/30/45, and Caltrain all drop off near Adobe. If you need to carpool/BARTpool/Caltrainpool/whatever, please talk about that in the Google group - we are coming from lots of places so people can most likely help you out, don't let this be a barrier. We walk & ride together returning after dark, so don't worry about that!
Speaker: Anna Billstrom, on How To Make A Good App. Come learn about good app designs, how to keep it simple, and where to put your energy to make something awesome - this is a really important talk if you want to try making more apps beyond what we've done so far. Anna has won several hackathons with mobile apps, is a regular at WWC and other women's coding events, and is a freelance mobile developer who has worked at Momentus Media & Blazing Cloud in the past. You can find out more about her at banane.com or tweet her @banane!
Rest of the agenda: We are building a web app from end to end and will have open hacking after she's done speaking (on the app if you're working on the app, on whatever you want if you aren't). Yes, please drop in even if you're new to the group, new to coding, experienced with coding, haven't been to the group in several weeks, have been every week, etc - we will welcome you.
The homework for the week is to install PhoneGap (for Android or iOS according to your preference, which phone you have, your favored code editor, etc) if you haven't, and here is a tutorial to use to do it! Please do this at home; while it's not hard, these are lengthy downloads so you don't want to spend our whole session doing it.
And if you like videos, there's a phonegap video series: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adc-presents-phonegap/getting-started-with-phonegap/
-If you've got that down - try making screens in jQuery Mobile, and/or passing some sample code to your phone (even if it's just plain HTML/CSS). I'm hoping to have some of you show & tell your homework like you did last time. As always, if you can't do the homework for whatever reason, come along anyway!