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Anatomy of Virtual Self-Study Group & Essentials of HTML5 for desktop and mobile

"Anatomy of a Virtual Self-Study Group" (1st presentation)
by Gene Babon

A typical monthly Meetup presentation takes up only two hours. What can you do then with the remaining 700 hours before next month's Meetup presentation?

Launch a virtual self-study group using

Boston PHP Meetup has conducted three virtual self-study groups on topics including PHP, jQuery and HTML5. More than 500 participants from four continents have learned new skills using this disruptive educational model.

Join Gene Babon to learn how to start and run your own virtual self-study group focusing on HTML5 and related technologies. For an example of what a virtual self-study group looks like, check out PHP Percolate! Season 4 at Boston PHP ...




Gene Babon:
Created three innovative educational training experiences for Boston PHP members:

  • PHP Percolate!
  • jQuery jAM
  • HTML5 Brunch


"The essentials of HTML5 for desktop and mobile"
by Jeremy Osborn

In this session HTML5 Digital Classroom author Jeremy Osborn provides an overview of HTML5 capabilities. You’ll gain an understanding of key features, new markup elements, form elements, CSS3, and multimedia. You'll also gain an understanding of related technologies including geolocation, and offline support. This session will include many examples and will discuss browser support and the roadmap for implementation on both desktop and mobile.

Jeremy Osborn: 
has more than 15 years of experience in Web and graphic design, filmmaking, writing, and publication development for both print and digital media. At American Graphics Institute, Jeremy provides in-depth training and custom consulting for students and corporate clients, he is also the author of HTML5 Digital Classroom, Web Design with HTML and CSS Digital Classroom, and Dreamweaver CS5 Digital Classroom, published by Wiley. Jeremy holds an MS in Management from the Marlboro College Graduate Center, and a BFA in Film/TV from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.


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  • susan c.

    I'd like to gain clarity on how HTML interacts with CSS, and wonder if CSS is something I should be studying at the same time. One of my WordPress themes offers only one font-family that applies to ALL header elements. It appears creating a custom style sheet is the only option for changing my site title for this theme. I am also starting to work with boxes, and would like to use those more, and to know optimal times to add div elements. (I'm a bit of a beginner. :-)


    November 4, 2012

    • Vickie C.

      I don't think that it is ever too soon to learn CSS if you want to do web development because it's quite complex, especially when you get to preprocessors like Sass and Compass. It's invaluable and you won't be taken seriously as a web dev unless you're darned good at it in its current level of rendering in various browsers; see­

      November 6, 2012

    • susan c.

      Thank you! I'm ordering a book online today!

      1 · November 6, 2012

  • Marcelo P.

    Thanks to Gene and Jeremy for presenting tonight, you guys did an excellent job explaining the needs and priorities of the industry, as well as why HTML5 is important for those looking ahead.

    1 · November 5, 2012

  • Anneika K.

    The Meetup was very informative and a great intro to the HTML5 Brunch. All of the attendees were knowledgable in their own respects and eager to share their expertise.

    November 5, 2012

  • Merlin C.

    Don't forget to bring business cards, we will be raffling off some prizes. Give yourself plenty of time to find parking, and the venue. We will be starting promptly.

    November 5, 2012

  • Merlin C.

    Ok, just checking in on a few things, before the event tonight. There is no guest parking at Thomson Reuters, but there is metered parking, and lot that charges $15. If you are driving the address is: Thomson Reuters
    44 Thomson Place
    Boston, MA If you are taking the train:

    You want to get off at the Courthouse T station (Silver line)

    When exiting from the train, it literally takes you to the event entrance!

    The name of the room is "Tickers Cafeteria", just bear right when entering the building, you should pass a cafe on the left. Wifi password will be provided at the event. We want to also make this a Tweetup event, so you can find all Twitter handles and # tags on this page created by our friends over at @bostontweetup!

    We have 84 people RSVP'D for the event, the space can hold 150 people, so we have plenty of more room. Tweetup the event to see if you can get some more people to come out tonight! See you all very soon.

    November 5, 2012

  • Karen G

    Great topics! Am disappointed to have to miss ... maybe do this again in a virtual format?

    November 5, 2012

  • Emmanuel A.

    I'd love to get propelled into HTML5 Development with the least amount of time and relevant hands-on. A lot of other sources laboriously drain you, and I tend to give up mid way.

    November 4, 2012

  • Merlin C.

    Due to a potential state of emergency for Massachusetts because of "hurricane Sandy" we are rescheduling the event for next Monday, at the same location, and time. I will be sending out an email shortly to the group.

    October 28, 2012

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