Taming the Technical Debt, HTML5 and the Magical Mobile App, and Isomorphic JS

Another 3 talks are coming for us in March. In case you don't pay attention to most of this, a change in the meetup structure is the bar we're going to afterward, so scroll down and read the end. We've completely outgrown BXL, so we're moving to Heartland Brewery, only a few more feet away.

Taming the Technical Debt by Brittany Storoz

Committing hacky code is unavoidable at times, but when it becomes a habit rather than an exception, it breeds quickly.  How can we better handle the technical debt that creeps into our codebase before it gets out of control, and how can we heal a codebase that's already in the red? We'll talk about some strategies for keeping up with the clean up, without having to dedicate your day to maintenance.

HTML5 and the Magical Mobile App by Mark Ludlow

Hate Objective-C? Last coded Java in college? Why not build your App using the JavaScript you know and love?Here’s a demo of using Sencha Touch and Cordova (formerly PhoneGap) to build a mobile app that will almost magically run on multiple mobile platforms.

Isomorphic JavaScript by Michael Benin

Sharing JS between the client and server with browserify, also known as Isomorphic Javascript. Sharing routes, templating language, and templates in Backbone and Express to enable SEO in your SPA. Syncing events to media queries with EnquireJS to bind events conditionally to displayed styles. Investigations into Backbone-ORM with MongoDB/SQL, KeystoneJS CMS, PhoneGap Mobile Deployment, and Node-Webkit Desktop Deployment.

6:30 - 7:00 PM Pizza + discussion 5th Floor, Self Conference Room
7:00 - 8:15 PM Talks + questions 4th Floor Auditorium
8:15 - Drinks at Heartland Brewery

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  • Kacy J.

    I would've like a bit more in-depth discussion about the backend parts of an isomorphic JS setup, but pretty outstanding overall!

    March 13, 2014

  • Sam E.

    Have been using an isomorphic framework for a year now and loving it.

    February 25, 2014

  • Anne M.

    This was a great meetup! One question I had for Brittany Storoz was did you create the branch for the Superbowl ahead of running into the hectic commits? Or did you move the hectic commits from the master then to a branch, worked there, then later cherrypicked to post back to master?

    March 15, 2014

    • Brittany S.

      We make a separate branch prior to the chaos. The good commits will be cherry-picked in after the fact.

      1 · March 17, 2014

  • Vietnhi P.

    I was really impressed when that attendee showed up at the Meetup on crutches - I didn't realize that HTML5 programming can be such a rough business :)

    2 · March 17, 2014

    • Joe S.

      We already have something in the works. ;)

      March 17, 2014

    • Francis G.

      Remember what I said, always check http://caniuse.com­ before using experimental APIs. The failure modes are often undefined and can lead to personal injury.

      2 · March 17, 2014

  • Oliver B.

    Thanks to speakers: Interesting topics, and great to meet some of you too!

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Sam E.

    Learned some new things from these presenters. Good choice in terms of breadth of relevant subjects.

    March 13, 2014

  • Andrew E.

    Great meetup and awesome talks. Thanks to all who put it together. See you next month!

    March 13, 2014

  • Jeff W.

    awesome talks, awesome people, awesome venue. whats not to to like? thanks all for the hard work!

    3 · March 12, 2014

  • Rafael

    Awesome talks and fun.

    March 12, 2014

  • Rafael

    Awesome talks and fun.

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Darryle S.

    I came for the Taming The Technical Debt part and I was not left disappointed. I learned some new technical debt management strategies.

    March 12, 2014

  • Kartik A.

    Hi John,

    I would like to attend this event. Please advise how to enroll as RSVP is disable and I see 11 spots are available.

    Thanks!

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • John K. P.

      Hey Kartik,

      I'm sorry, but the security list is already closed, and you cannot be added this close to the meetup. Now that you've joined the meetup, you'll get a notificiation soon about our meetup in April and I hope to see you there!

      March 12, 2014

    • Kartik A.

      Np John! Thanks for your reply! Will attend April meet up.

      March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change in plans. Won't even be able to make it to Heartland. Definitely next time!

    March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can anyone on the waiting list stop by at Heartland Brewery after the talks?

    March 11, 2014

    • Joe S.

      Absolutely!

      March 11, 2014

    • David S.

      You don't even need to be on the waiting list!

      March 11, 2014

  • Joe S.

    Drinks at Heartland Brewery afterward is a smart move. We have definitely outgrown BXL.

    March 6, 2014

  • Dennis L.

    Looking forward to enhance my knowledge with html5

    February 24, 2014

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