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Angular.js + Ember.js Testing, Game Development, Hacker Hours and Tooling

  • Aug 28, 2014 · 8:00 PM
  • PK4 Media

Schedule: 

7:30pm - 8:15pm: Drinks, demos, delicious food.

8:15pm - 8:20pm: Lightning introduction to modern front-end development and design.

8:20pm - 8:40pm: Angular.js Testing End-to-End with Protractor

8:40pm - 8:55pm: Browserify Deep Dive

8:55pm - 9:15pm: Rebuilding Zelda with Ember.js and Sails.js (node.js framework).

9:15pm - close: Hacker hours with speakers and Dave(our resident prodigal son).

After a packed house at our first meetup, we were lucky enough to speak with a number of developers in the audience and heard a few key suggestions repeated over and over again:

1) "The space is great, the talks are great, but let's also get our hands on some code" - We are now going to add hacker hours after talks to get down and dig into specific frameworks or projects after hours, collaboratively. 

2) "The best meetups I've been to have been: 

a) a mix of experimental projects that are fun and inspire, and

b) real-world lessons that I can apply to projects right now."

Following this advice, we will have a few tooling/testing talks per session along with presenters that have had interesting off-the-beaten-path experiences experimenting with new tech.

3) "I get the most out of roundtable discussions" 

"Hey, what has your experience been with..." is often the best way to casually start the conversation that leads into a much deeper exploration of fundamental issues. Many developers are most engaged in this type of environment. 

Our next meetup will be an experiment with these different formats. First, 2-4 quick talks, followed by collaborative sessions. If you would like to present or contribute ideas, please email [masked].

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  • Jae

    Learned so much from just one night. People I talked to knew their stuff and were very passionate about what they do. My only gripe was that I wish we had more time to do some hacking ourselves. Thanks for the event, Ill def stop by again.

    1 · August 29, 2014

  • Kevin V.

    Hey Bryan, thanks to you and your team for hosting again – you've got a great space. For everyone else there last night, I'm a recruiter for a boutique firm around the corner from PK4's office in El Segundo. If you're looking for opportunities, or just want to see what's out there, I'd be super happy to get to know anyone interested and be able to help you out.

    August 29, 2014

    • Levani M.

      Hey! Are there any opportunities out there for a baby (jr dev in progress) on the west side? I am currently finishing up the general assembly web dev immersive program.

      August 29, 2014

  • Levani M.

    Thanks for the meetup! it was nice meeting some of you, and the lightning talks were neat. Sorry I had to leave a little early. Can't wait for the next one!

    1 · August 29, 2014

  • Cam J.

    Hey all,
    Here's the links to the slides and Protractor e2e test project from my talk this evening. Thanks for coming, I hope it was helpful!

    Slide Deck - github.com/23limes/rv-protractor
    Demo Project - github.com/23limes/todo-prot

    1 · August 28, 2014

    • Bryan

      That was a great talk tonight Cam, really engaging!

      August 29, 2014

  • K D

    Hello, just curious, what kind of food will be available today?

    August 28, 2014

    • Bryan

      We'll have pizza and a couple other small snacks tonight. We'd love to find a sponsor to offer more food options in the future.

      August 28, 2014

    • K D

      Great! Thanks :)

      August 28, 2014

  • David

    Hi All, I'm super excited about the meetup.

    The talk I'll be giving will be a reiteration of the one I did for the NodeJS meetup 2 days ago. However I'll be speaking more on the Client side code than the server side code in this meetup.

    If you want to participate in this live code exercise, make sure you being your laptop fully charged with NodeJS, Bower, and Ember CLI installed. I would recommend downloading the exercise ahead of time, https://github.com/dlai0001/la-sails-meetup-game/tree/lesson/1 and do the NPM and Bower install steps. In the last meetup I gave the talk, the network got flooded by everyone doing their npm installs on the spot.

    This talk is just first in a series I'm planning on doing every other month. Will be adding backend features in the NodeJS meetup, and Client side features in this meetup. Please suggest/vote for features you wan to see in up coming meetups. http://www.google.com/moderator/#15/e=21174e&t=21174e.40&f=21174e.701d63

    1 · August 28, 2014

    • Bryan

      Awesome David, looking forward to your talk!

      August 28, 2014

  • David

    Hi fellow devs. I'm super excited to be presenting at this upcoming meetup, and sharing my passion for fullstack javascript as a platform with the community.

    In order to get the best experience from my presentation, I recommend bringing a fully charged laptop and log on to the Wifi network ahead of the scheduled talk time. Also, make sure you you have the latest version of NodeJS installed on your machine. You may want to check out the source code, https://github.com/dlai0001/la-s...­, and follow the setup instructions in Step #1 of our exercises before the talk, in order to avoid having to waste time during the initial package installs.

    I look forward to meeting everyone.

    1 · August 20, 2014

  • Bryan

    So far we have 3 talks scheduled: 1) End-To-End Testing with Angular.js and Protractor, 2) Browserify Deep Dive, 3) Building an Ember.js Front-end for a Sails.js back-end

    July 30, 2014

  • David

    I'm preparing a talk for the Node JS meetup on a creating a basic SailsJS App with an Ember front end. I'll be speaking mostly on the backend for the Node meetup, but if you need a talk to fill up space, I can give a talk on the ember front end side of that project.

    July 30, 2014

    • Bryan

      Hi David, that would be great! Do you have a name for the ember talk yet?

      July 30, 2014

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