Developer Series: Modular HTML & CSS w/ Shay Howe

Shay Howe will be coming up from Chicago to join us and give a talk that he has been sharing at conferences all over the country. Shay recently left The Starter League to become the Director of Product at Belly. It's an honor to have him join us!

About The Talk

Problem: How to best maintain your websites code base, particularly HTML and CSS.

Solution: By discussing new practices on how to organize and modularize your code.

There are a million ways to write HTML and CSS, and everyone has their own, but is there a right way? Our code needs to be well structured, written in an organized manner, and performance driven. Sharing code with others should be a joyful experience, not absolute terror.

In this session, Shay will cover some best practices and performance tips for writing the highest quality HTML and CSS possible. Writing code is the easy part, finding a practice and structure that works well across the board is the hard part. Shay will outline HTML and CSS conventions that can be applied to your everyday practice.

About Shay

Shay Howe has a passion for solving problems while building creative and intuitive applications. Shay specializes in product design and interface development, specialties in which he regularly writes and speaks about. Additionally, Shay helps co-organize Chicago Camps, Refresh Chicago, and UX Happy Hour. You can catch up with him on Twitter as @shayhowe or on his website at

=== Update! ===

In addition to Shay's talk we are going to have Chris Jaure joining us to speak about his experiences working with AngularJS at Jobvite.

About The Talk

Find out why we chose to use AngularJS at Jobvite and learn about our experiences with it. What do we like about it? What's maybe not so great about it?

About Chris

Chris Jaure is a web maker with a focus on front-end, but his favorite new tech right now is Node.js. He's a Senior Software Developer at Jobvite and a regular speaker at BarCamp Milwaukee.

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  • Zach

    Was a great meetup. Shay's perspective on maintainable markup and style sheets was very refreshing. Had a great time networking afterwards, as well.

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Chris J.

    I probably should have mentioned React, a new library from Facebook that looks like it has similar goals as Angular but achieves them in different ways. Check it out if you're in the market for a UI library:

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Chris S.

    Here are some links to checkout the slides from last night's presentations:

    Thanks everyone for coming out and making this an awesome event!

    August 15, 2013

  • R. Scott B.


    August 15, 2013

  • Terry Y.

    Our two presenters were excellent. So good in fact, that this morning I was busy researching Angular JS and several of the competing JS frameworks as well as going really deep into OOCSS and SMACSS (enlightening stuff). Thank you to everyone for a very good meetup!

    2 · August 15, 2013

  • Corey C.

    I am bummed to miss this, but something else has come up.

    August 14, 2013

  • Chris J.

    Preemptively adding a link to my slides so I don't forget later:

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Cindy C.

    Bummer, out of town, maybe someone can video and only share with this group???

    August 12, 2013

    • Chris S.

      We're going to try recording/streaming it. We'll follow up with details about that!

      August 12, 2013

  • John S.

    Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to this meetup.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to, got some family in town. Hoping to make the next one!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Chris S.

    We've settled on the venue (sorry Appleton peeps!) and there's been a solid addition to the speaker lineup. Chris Jaure is going to be sharing his mohawk and his AngularJS knowledge with us!

    July 31, 2013

  • lori C.

    Sorry to miss this one. Schedule change. Thanks for bringing in top notch talent to handle this topic! Best always

    2 · July 31, 2013

    • Chris S.

      Sorry you can't make it Lori, but hopefully we'll catch you at the next one!

      1 · July 31, 2013

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