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New Meetup: The Michigan Ruby Users Group (Grand Rapids) October Meetup

From: Zach
Sent on: Monday, October 5, 2009 2:45 PM
Oh my how time flies! It's October already, sheesh!

We're going to push back the October meetup for two more weeks. If you've already RSVPd we're extremely sorry for any inconvenience, but we've got a great topic for the meetup and we want to give everyone ample time to prepare any thoughts.

The topic for October is "JavaScript Libraries: What You Love, Hate, and Everything In Between". This isn't going to be a traditional presentation with one person being up front. Instead, we're going to treat it more like a developer retrospective and we want everyone to share.

To help facilitate the discussion, Mark Van Holstyn from Mutually Human Software has volunteered to guide things along by keeping the conversation moving while providing real world examples and insight from his experiences building JS-heavy webapps.

Here's what we need from you over the next two weeks:

1. Pull fresh all of those repressed memories you have for what you dislike and really loathe about JavaScript or any of the infamous libraries like jQuery, Prototype, Mootools, Dojo, etc.

2. Jot down a list of the things you love about JavaScript or a particular library.

3. Bring any notes or code snippets that will help people understand what you do/don't like.

4. Be open for great discussion and be ready to agree to disagree, with at least one person. :)

Some of the areas of interest for the discussion will be around:

- aesthetics
- organization
- surprises (both good and bad)
- consistency
- verbosity
- workarounds
- simplicity

If you have any other areas of interest join the ML and post to it. If you're not already subscribed subscribe now:

To recap the details:

Food: Free Pizza and Drinks!
When: October 20,[masked]:00 PM
People Design/MHS Office
648 Monroe Ave NW Suite 212
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

See you guys in two weeks!


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