• Baby Got Backend: To Server, Serverless or Headless CMS?

    Forge by Accenture Industry X.0

    As Sir Mix-a-lot once said, “My API don’t want none unless you off prem, hun.” Let’s take cloud deployed code one step further and ask: Do we need to spin up a full server to create a REST API? This talk will be an interactive discussion on the joys of deploying backend code and the new alternatives. We will start by looking at Heroku as an alternative to AWS and DigitalOcean for deploying a Django project. Then we’ll dive into using backends as a service (BaaS) like Firebase and wrap up with a demo of headless CMS platforms like Contenful. Demos of frontend clients will be in Angular, but similar practices extend to React, Vue and other JS Frameworks. About the Venue the Forge, by Pillar Technology is a technology consulting company with over 20 years of uncovering and executing industry-disrupting opportunities at lightning speed. About Our Sponsors Shift Interactive will be providing food tonight. Shift is a web and mobile software development company​ ​based in West Des Moines​. Comprised of about 25 ​strong​ that includes: UI designers, front-end developers, software engineers, mobile developers, project managers and more. Partner with a variety of clients ​- locally, nationally and even globally – ​to create custom ​tech solutions ​of all sizes ​ranging from company websites and mobile apps to SaaS platforms and IoT applications. Shift is always looking for new talent. Connect with them on Twitter, or Facebook

  • What a time to be a developer!

    Source Allies Inc

    Between fixing bugs and digging through stack traces, it's easy forget how far the world of web development has come in the last decade. What used to include uploading a static Dreamweaver HTML file to Microsoft Frontpage has changed completely, and new doors are open to the developers of today. Join us for this lunch talk as Josh Larson walks us down memory lane and into the future of web development. We'll discuss code editors, online sandboxes, modern serverless deployment methods, and more. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP on Eventbrite for an accurate count: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-a-time-to-be-a-developer-tickets-62678269391. About the speaker Josh Larson is a lead engineer at Vox Media. He is a co-organizer of Des Moines Web Geeks. He co-founded Barkpass, an online dog park and pet licensing software with his wife, Bri. You can find him on Twitter at @jplhomer. About the sponsor Source Allies is a technology services company based in Des Moines, Iowa with a proven track record of working with our clients to solve tough technical problems and deliver high quality software solutions. Thanks to Source Allies for providing the venue and lunch! Learn more about Source Allies at https://www.sourceallies.com.

  • Web Geeks Monthly Meeting - New Trends in Web Development (TBD)

    Forge by Accenture Industry X.0

    We meet the second Monday of every month. Our topics focus on new trends and techniques in web development.

  • IoT Challenge

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    Challenge lasts from April to June It’s happening again! Area515 has teamed up with DSM Web Geeks in hopes to bridge the gap between the internet, and things. We call it an “IoT CHALLENGE!” Your challenge is to build a cool “thing” with only two requirements: it must use a microcontroller (something like: ESP32), and it must connect to the internet (something like this). That’s it. Step one: Form a group — groups can consist of moms, dads, grandpas, co-workers, former bosses. Literally any bipedal mammal will do. Or, if you are truly dope, you could go it alone. Step two: Get a microcontroller. These things are everywhere (on Sparkfun, or on Google). Make sure yours supports WiFi. The last step: Write some code and bask in your infinite glory. There’s probably more to this step than just writing code (like flashing code onto a microcontroller) but, that is where DSM Web Geeks and Area515 come in. From now until June we’ll hold events to help you out. With example code, and access to tools. Sounds easy right? If you need help getting started attend a May event with DSM Web Geeks or Area515 to learn how to use microcontrollers and build an IoT project. The challenge ends in June. We’ll meet up to show off our projects and hand out prizes! Official Rules You must incorporate a WiFi enabled microcontroller in your project, and send or receive data from a network. One can be purchased from Area515 for $5 or you can supply your own. For details email [masked]. Be prepared to share your code using GitHub, Pastebin, or other publicly linkable site. You may use code from other people. It must be open source and available online. You can work on the project solo, or have a team. In June we’ll meet to present projects. Please be prepared to demo your project and let us know how it went. Even if nothing works, we would still like to hear what problems you had to work through. There will be time and assistance before presentations to get your device(s) on the venue’s wifi if needed. If your project needs to be at a specific location/environment/time to work, have a video of it in action to share. Your project does not have to necessarily work when presenting. If your project goes south spectacularly, present anyway! Share what you learned and what you were trying to do. We have prizes for all states of completion!

  • Full Stack Web Development with Ember.js and Django in Python

    In 2019, most developers find themselves building applications using frontend JavaScript frameworks that query data from an API. One of those frontend frameworks is Ember.js, which comes batteries-included with routing, models, testing and an ecosystem of plugins and helpers. Django, a high-level MVC Python web framework, with the powerful toolkit Django Rest Framework (DRF), is a useful tool for powering API development. Michael Johnson will speak about Full Stack Web Development with Ember.js and Django in Python. This talk will cover high-level concepts about APIs, as well as low-level demonstration of code required to connect frontend to the backend. The final product will make client-side (browser) changes that will persist in a database through the API. Join us for this lunch talk on Wednesday, May 8th at 12pm noon. We Write Code is hosting and providing lunch, so please RSVP so we have an accurate count. Check out the demo code ahead of time! https://github.com/micleners/DSM-Web-Geeks About the Speaker Michael Johnson is a software developer who transitioned from a career in science and engineering. Michael enjoys fun and games, but gets the biggest thrill in life from collaborative learning and teaching. He is an advocate for minorities in STEM and loves to dance. Originally from just outside of Seattle, Mike moved to Iowa for graduate school where he did research on photonic sensors, after studying bacteria as an undergrad. He taught physics at Grand View University before transitioning to web development. The tech stack for this presentation is inspired by the development process he learned while working at IMT Group’s Computer Service Dev Team. While enjoying the tech and team at IMT, he has chosen to pursue other adventures with Source Allies. About the Sponsor We Write Code is a dev shop located in the East Village who puts focus into building applications that facilitate communication, process payments, and manage/process large data sets. If you're interested in joining their team, they are hiring! Learn more at https://wewritecode.com/jobs Parking In addition to the ramp on E 6th just south of Locust St, street parking is available throughout the East Village, and free parking can be found 1 block north of Grand.

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  • 2019 Annual Spring Social

    Forge by Accenture Industry X.0

    2019 Annual Spring Social It’s almost time for our biggest event of the year. If you’re interested in giving a talk or helping out with sponsoring the event now is the time to get involved. If you’re interested in presenting please fill out this form with details about your talk. This year’s spring event will be Monday, April 8th. And, once again hosted at the beautiful Forge in downtown Des Moines. Last year we featured multiple speakers, prizes, food, and much more. Our event this year will be as exciting as ever with help from some incredible Iowan companies, and prominent developers from your communities. See you all Monday, April 8th! Our Presenters: Matt Travi @mtravi https://matt.travi.org/ Renae Meines @DoubleNaeBow Nate Rauh @NateThePirate http://nates.coffee/ Bailey Steinfadt @baileysteinfadt Gianfranco Berardi (he | him | his) is a part-time indie game developer who loves to encourage curiosity, support creativity, and promote continuous learning. He likes to figure out how things work, whether it involves the dynamic systems of a computer game or the large interactions within an organization. You can find him at https://www.gbgames.com/ and on Twitter @GBGames. Gianfranco will be giving a talk called CSS and How It’s Your Fault You Hate It. CSS has a reputation among many people of being frustrating and difficult to work with. As someone who is not a web developer, I took some time to learn it because I suspected that it is easy enough to work with that people forget how rich and powerful it is. Here’s what I found. About the Venue the Forge, by Pillar Technology is a technology consulting company with over 20 years of uncovering and executing industry-disrupting opportunities at lightning speed. About the Sponsor Shift Interactive will be providing food tonight. Shift is a web and mobile software development company​ ​based in West Des Moines​. Comprised of about 25 ​strong​ that includes: UI designers, front-end developers, software engineers, mobile developers, project managers and more. Partner with a variety of clients ​- locally, nationally and even globally – ​to create custom ​tech solutions ​of all sizes ​ranging from company websites and mobile apps to SaaS platforms and IoT applications. Shift is always looking for new talent. Connect with them on Twitter, or Facebook

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  • Professional (Web) Development: Keeping your skillset up to date

    People learn web development in many different ways: bootcamps, self-teaching, primary and secondary education. But once you are in the workforce, it's on your shoulders to continue learning and stay up to date with the technology used by the industry. We'll talk to a panel of working software engineers and web developers to give us their perspective on professional development. Join us for this lunch event on Wednesday, March 20th at 12pm hosted at We Write Code. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP today so we have an accurate headcount. About Our Panelists Shane Church, Wellmark Shane has been developing software professionally for 20 years now for clients as varied as the Department of Energy, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, Visa, Rambus, Bobcat, National Oilwell Varco, Nationwide and more. He's currently a contract web developer at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He started his career in C++ and Java, then moved to .NET and now he currently leans to front-end development with a focus on Angular, TypeScript, Node.js and SCSS. Find him online at @shaneschurch on Twitter or at https://www.s-church.net. Meridith Junk, Pillar Technology Meridith graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 with a degree in Management Information Systems. She got a late start to computer science in her college career, but throughout college to get more experience she worked on different non-profit websites like The Iowa Able foundation. When she graduated, she started her career at Payless Shoe Source in Topeka, Kansas as a software engineer in Java, then worked for Krause Group Holdings (Kum & Go) as a Solutions Developer focusing on .NET products, and now as a Software Artisan at Pillar Technology. Matt Travi, Gain Compliance Matt (@mtravi) is a lead engineer at Gain Compliance and a co-lead of dsmJS. He is an advocate of deliberate practice and learning in public, which he has applied to grow in areas that he is passionate about, like front-end, APIs, security, and continuous-deployment. Liz Wells, Pillar Technology In college, Liz studied Bioinformatics and Computational Bio, eventually transitioned into software consulting and developing at Pillar Technology, where she now works. She loves learning new things so much that she's currently taking a course on learning how to learn. She mentors/learns with a comp sci student on Mondays, and they are working on making an Angular app with a C#/Azure backend. About the Sponsor We Write Code is a dev shop located in the East Village who puts focus into building applications that facilitate communication, process payments, and manage/process large data sets. If you're interested in joining their team, they are hiring! Learn more at https://wewritecode.com/jobs Parking In addition to the ramp on E 6th just south of Locust St, street parking is available throughout the East Village, and free parking can be found 1 block north of Grand.

  • An Intro to Elm

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    An Intro to Elm We’re so excited to finally bring you this event. The weather did not cooperate last month so we’re going to try it again. Our friend Andrew Schutt from the Hy-Vee software engineering team will give us an intro to Elm. We’ll also get a quick intro to Spark from Emma Croskrey, brand designer at Performance Marketing. And, because it’s new and trendy, we’ll also have an intro to block chain from Torrey Johnson, software engineer at Shift Interactive. Join us on Monday, March 11th at 6:30 pm at The Forge in Downtown Des Moines across from the sculpture garden. Bring your laptops, brains, appetites and friends. This event will lean more toward an instructional event. So, even though there will be some coding, the most we’ll ask of you is to just soak up some knowledge. About the Speakers Andrew Schutt is a Fullstack Software Engineer at Hy-Vee and always looking to learn new technologies. Emma Croskrey is a graphic designer and artist. Her work explores feminist ideologies and limitations imposed by the pressures of society. Using strong language, typographical elements, and complex shapes she pursues breaking societal norms. Torrey Johnson is a software engineer at Shift Interactive. Torrey specializes in databases and server administration. About the Venue the Forge, by Pillar Technology is a technology consulting company with over 20 years of uncovering and executing industry-disrupting opportunities at lightning speed. About Our Sponsors Shift Interactive will be providing food tonight. Shift is a web and mobile software development company​ ​based in West Des Moines​. Comprised of about 25 ​strong​ that includes: UI designers, front-end developers, software engineers, mobile developers, project managers and more. Partner with a variety of clients ​- locally, nationally and even globally – ​to create custom ​tech solutions ​of all sizes ​ranging from company websites and mobile apps to SaaS platforms and IoT applications. Shift is always looking for new talent. Connect with them on Twitter, or Facebook

  • Data Science: Digging for Gold

    Source Allies Inc

    Data science has become a hot topic over the last few years. From airlines to sports, everyone is realizing the potential insights data can provide to make decisions quicker and better. At this lunch event, Shalyn Guthery will cover at a high-level what it means to be a data scientist and the skills that will help you comb through your data to find those gold nuggets. Join us at 12pm on Wednesday, February 20th at Source Allies for this lunch event. Food and drink will be provided, so please RSVP on Eventbrite or Meetup! About the Speaker Shalyn Guthery is an experienced data scientist skilled in Python, Bioinformatics, Agile Methodologies, Machine Learning, and Big Data Analytics. She is in her second year of consultancy with Source Allies. About the Sponsor Source Allies is a technology services company based in Des Moines, Iowa with a proven track record of working with our clients to solve tough technical problems and deliver high quality software solutions. Thanks to Source Allies for providing the venue and lunch! Learn more about Source Allies here: https://www.sourceallies.com.

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Forge by Accenture Industry X.0

    UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to the weather. A Nightmare on Elm Street So we're only kidding about the title here — it was low hanging click bait fruit. Sorry. In truth Elm is a delightful language for reliable web apps. Well that’s what the creators of Elm say anyway. However, anything new can often seem like a nightmare. It’s always daunting at first to even bring yourself to image launching a production ready site for a good paying client in a technology you don’t know. I’m not saying your next client will ask for a Elm based web app, but if they did wouldn’t you like to say “oh yeah that’s that language that does that thing” and then confidently follow that up with “Yeah, I can do that.” Join us on Monday, February 11th at 6:30 pm at The Forge in Downtown Des Moines across from the sculpture garden. Bring your laptops, brains, appetites and friends. This event will lean more toward an instructional event. So, even though there will be some coding, the most we’ll ask of you is to just soak up some knowledge. About the Speakers Andrew Schutt is a Fullstack Software Engineer at Hy-Vee and always looking to learn new technologies. About Our Sponsors Special thanks to Pillar Technology for providing the venue, food and drinks. Pillar Technology is a technology consulting powerhouse rooted in extreme programming and flourishing in rock-solid code, design thinking and marketing. They breathe life into big ideas, delivering industry-disrupting opportunities at lightning speed. Learn more at https://pillartechnology.com/.

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