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Good news, we have managed to rearrange a previous Brighton Web Development Meetup event to be an online event for the 25th June now. We will post the Zoom and Google Hangouts links to join the event closer to the time, but please feel free to sign up to let us know who would like to attend and I am very appreciative to Peter and Dave for agreeing to do this for us. We look forward to seeing your there: +++++++++++++++++++++ Tonight we will will be having two talks, very kindly given by Peter Cook and Dave Mateer. Talk 1: "Visualising Data in the Browser: The State of the Art" - Peter Cook In tonight's first talk front end developer and data visualiser Peter Cook will share his thoughts on the latest tools and techniques for visualising data in the browser. There was a time when you'd reach for a library such as Highcharts, Flot or Google Charts when needing to build a chart. However the arrival of D3 changed all that. It shifted expectations from simple bar and line graphs to interactive visualisations of depth and beauty. The possibilities when building charts and visualisations in the browser are wider than ever. Frameworks such as React and Vue do a fantastic job of binding data to the DOM which raises the question of what part D3 should play. Libraries such as vx and nivo which abstract D3 add to the mix. Peter's talk will give an overview of the most interesting and useful tools and techniques as well as insights into how to approach building a data visualisation. His talk will include code examples (most probably on Codepen) which you're welcome to explore during the talk. Bio: Peter is a front-end developer and data visualisation designer who divides his time between working at Flourish and freelancing. He runs the Data Visualisation Brighton meetup and is author of D3 in Depth. Talk 2: "From Developer to Entrepreneur" - Dave Mateer Overview: I’ve always wanted to have a product business! Like many developers, I really enjoy building software. How hard can it be to build something and sell it to > 1 person? I’ve worked for many companies over the last 20 years and done consulting/freelancing. I’ve had 1 ‘product’ where a company asked me to host their very old classic ASP application, which I begrudgingly did. Over the next 6 years, I gradually put the price up and smiled every month, as I’d automated all the day-to-day work, and the biggest hassle was sending invoices every month. This talk is about the startling success (*caveat - looking back from a few years in the future!) of Dave's latest software business. He will talk about how to start a SaaS company, dividing time equally between software development and business, sales and marketing, getting stuff done fast and how to have a great time. He will also dive into code and show demos.
"Elm and Haskell: Strongly Typed Server/Client Interfaces" by Michael Newton Tonight our talk will be a technical presentation with code demos by Michael Newton. Michael is a Developer, Architect, Trainer & Consultant and is currently working with NoRedInk to teach children better written communication skills. Michael has worked with a variety of technologies on projects of a variety of sizes. Currently he mostly works with a unlikely amalgam of Elm, Haskell, and Ruby. Description for the Presentation: In larger projects, with larger teams, you normally end up needing to bring some structure and tooling into your code base to keep it managable. At NoRedInk we moved to Elm for our front end code some time ago and have been enjoying the refactoring and maintenance benefits of strong typing ever since. Wanting the same benefits for our back end services, we decided to start shifting to Haskell as our server language of choice. In this talk we'll briefly walk through how we set up a nice experience for: - why Haskell anyway? - sharing types between the server and client - writing Haskell code that's readable by the whole team We will also have half-time beers, drinks and pizzas as normal. Doors open at The Skiff at 6:30pm and the Presentation starts around 7pm. Hope to see you there.