Killing The Angle Bracket

Sooner or later we all have to work with HTML, despite its verbosity. Those of us who claim to love HTML may just be victims of Stockholm Syndrome, both praising yet secretly loathing it.

Basho designer John Newman is making the trek from the swamps of Florida to show us the way. In the modern world of markup preprocessors, these alternative syntaxes allow you to write simpler, cleaner, more concise code in a shorter amount of time. Certain techniques can even allow your team members who may be less-tech-savvy to contribute content directly without forcing you to wire up a WYSIWYG style CMS.

This talk explores great alternatives to plain HTML and CSS, and covers how Basho put these tools together to facilitate a painless, team-oriented approach to building sites and web apps.

Vitamin T will be feeding us pizza and recruiting for several local positions; Webtrends will give us space; and Basho is providing John.

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  • John N.

    1 · April 13, 2013

    • Sandra

      Thank you.

      April 15, 2013

    • John N.

      To be honest, no, I typically don't deal with much Python. That's not an intentional decision, just seems to be the way my circumstances tend to come together. Jinja seems pretty cool though. How do you like it? I focused mostly on Ruby-based engines in my talk, only because they are extremely prevalent right now but the more tools we have in different languages the better in my opinion.

      April 16, 2013

  • John N.

    For everyone interested, slides will be posted tomorrow. Link forthcoming. Thanks!

    1 · April 12, 2013

    • Meg

      Thanks John!

      April 12, 2013

    • Sandra

      Thank you!

      April 12, 2013

  • Tarek K.

    Informative, got introduced to new tools and concepts.

    April 12, 2013

  • Sandra

    Markdown is fascinating. What happens to people who enter the field, learn markdown and never learn current HTML?

    April 12, 2013

    • John N.

      That said, there are plenty of folks who could get by using only Markdown, for example members of a marketing team who don't like waiting for developers to convert their Word documents into code. Basically anyone who needs to produce content and not code could get by without HTML. But if you are the website developer, you'll have to know some HTML whether in the pure sense or using one of the pre-processors we talked about.

      April 12, 2013

    • M. Edward (Ed) B.

      This is a complex topic, but as a programmer I think we programmers need to be building GUI tools for knowledge workers rather than crutches like Markdown and CoffeeScript for ourselves as coders.

      April 12, 2013

  • Faddah Steve Yuetsu W.

    really great - john newman really knows his stuff and his html/css tools and ruby. i learned a whole lot about slim, markdown and options for pre-processing css i didn't knew existed before. thank you!

    April 11, 2013

    • John N.

      Posting them tomorrow. Thanks for your interest!

      April 12, 2013

  • Adam

    Healing post-surgery. Alas I won't be able to come to the event.

    April 11, 2013

  • Liz M.

    Won't be able to attend tonight, but Vitamin T has a great new job that we're looking to fill!
    Enjoy the pizza!

    https://www.jobmagic.com/job/Sr-Front-End-Engineer-Job-Portland-9790323.html?isd_source=web&isd_pub=191297

    April 11, 2013

  • Matthew T.

    last minute addition.. I'm interested in a lot of these tools I haven't had time to play with.

    April 11, 2013

  • Michael S.

    Last-minute volunteer opportunity with the MS Walk for the cure came up -- attending training

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested, but--is this talk essentially about Markdown and similar tools?

    March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great, thank you. I've been interested in Haml, but never heard of Slim.

      March 27, 2013

    • Adam G.

      Haml is pretty sweet.

      April 10, 2013

  • Adam G.

    I will be there.

    April 10, 2013

  • Geoff K.

    Just found out about this group, would like to meet some other web professionals out there. Will try to be there tomorrow night!

    April 10, 2013

  • Preston S.

    Sounds intersting!

    April 10, 2013

  • Marty N.

    I'm a jade lover myself

    April 8, 2013

  • Kathryn M.

    Would love to come but we are having our second litter of puppies and that definitely takes presidense. I hope to see you next time.

    April 8, 2013

  • Nancy Wirsig M.

    And Thursday is THE most popular night for meetings in our subject areas. Many Thursdays I'm looking at 3 or 4 options.

    April 8, 2013

  • Dan M.

    A very big issue in Portland, Marsha

    April 7, 2013

  • Marsha L.

    I hope that the slides will be available from this one. I can't be in two places at once!

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Dan M.

    You gotta see what Syndical does.

    April 6, 2013

  • gerry b.

    Will try to make it.
    Sounds smart.

    April 5, 2013

  • Ron B.

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    April 4, 2013

  • Mary

    I look forward to this meetup :)

    March 29, 2013

  • Samuel

    I am excited that such a meet-up exists and I look forward to attending my first event.

    March 27, 2013

  • Douglas

    Sounds great - thanks!

    March 27, 2013

  • Kathryn M.

    Looking forward to this

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heading out of town that evening, otherwise I'd be there.

    March 27, 2013

  • Brad G.

    No angle brackets? I can't even comprehend what this means. I must go to my happy place and contemplate for a bit.

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • M. Edward (Ed) B.

    Stockholm Syndrome, eh? ;-) This is going to be good!

    March 27, 2013

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