• Learn to build a simple chat app with Meteor!

    Designbook

    Come learn to build a simple chat app with Meteor! We’ll be building a simple chat app at our own paces, in small groups or alone. We’ve prepared a sample github repo with some instructions, goals for the basic app, and some ideas for stretch goals. Both of us organizers will go around helping each group. This will be the first in a cycle of events we’d like to try. We’re going to host a focused learning night around a certain kind of app, then a night of working to expand on that app or work on your own projects, and then a night of lightning talks. We also have a bunch of swag left over from the hackathon. Free shirts, stickers, bottle openers; first come first serve! Experience: No Meteor experience is needed, but basic JavaScript and HTML experience is recommended. Preparation: We’ll help everyone install Meteor first thing. But if you’d like to get ahead, that’d be great! You can find instructions on the official site: https://www.meteor.com/install What to bring: A laptop and an open mind. Agenda: 6:00pm: Introductions and install Meteor 6:30pm: Work on the chat app alone or in small groups 7:30pm: Review our progress and challenges, and share what we’ve each made 8:00pm: End. We may go grab some tea afterwards, which all are welcome to join! Location: 159 Bank Street, Suite 202, Burlington, VT Space provided by Designbook (https://www.designbook.com/) and Agilion (http://agilion.com/) Call Kyle's Cell at[masked] if you have any issues getting in. Note: Food will not be provided. But you're welcome to bring your own! Join BTVDevSlack: http://btvdev-slackin.herokuapp.com/ Sample Chat: https://github.com/MeteorBurlington/sample-chat

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  • Meteor Global Hackathon!

    University of Vermont, Perkins 101

    Let's get together and participate in the Meteor Global Hackathon (http://info.meteor.com/2015-hackathon)! On the weekend of October 10th and 11th, Meteor Meetup groups from around the world (http://meteor.meetup.com/) will be participating in a global hackathon. We'll all register our ideas, code together and share resources, demo our apps, and have the opportunity to send them off to the Meteor Development Group (MDG) for judging. MDG hasn't announced the final details, but we expect to video chat with other meetups in our timezone, and possibly with Core Meteor developers (like last year). The plan locally is to get together in the morning and code through the evening, when we'll have demos! We'll take a break around noon for lunch, and feel free to come as late or leave as early as you'd like. If you want your app to be judged by MDG and entered to win prizes, you can register on the announcement page (http://info.meteor.com/2015-hackathon). But if you don't, no worries! You can still come and we'll brainstorm when we get there. If you're looking for an idea or partner to hack with, comment on this event or reach out to the community on twitter! We're looking for sponsors, but as of now no food will be provided.

  • Intro to Meteor: Let's give feedback to a Vermont Code Camp presenter

    Let's give feedback to Kyle Mitofsky and help him hone the Intro to Meteor talk he'll be giving at Vermont Code Camp in September! Kyle will give the current version of his talk, and then ask for suggestions and feedback from the group. Now is also a great time to attend if you're looking for an intro, but don't want to wait a month to see his final talk at Code Camp. Kyle's working talk description is below: Session Title "It killed the dinosaurs, and now the web's most powerful JavaScript framework is coming after you: an introduction to Meteor.js" Session Abstract If you're interested in web development at all and haven't yet played around with Meteor, then this talk is for you. Even if you don't plan on using it in production immediately, the web world is changing, and meteor is creating new paradigms that are important to pay attention to. Unlike most JavaScript frameworks, meteor runs on the client AND the server. Combine that with their de facto database, MongoDb, and it means you can write your entire application from client to server to database all in a single language. Oh, and did I mention that the database (mini mongo) also runs on the client. Meteor uses the publish and subscribe model to automatically send changes from the database to your client, where the rendering template engine will figure out what the new data would look like, compare with the current info to change the fewest possible DOM elements, and automatically update it on the fly. It comes bundled with a bunch of other amazing tools, like hot code deploys without logging users out of the system, easy one step builds into hybrid mobile applications for android and iOS, command line tools to help development, and one of the most active development communities I've ever seen. It's no wonder why it's raised an unprecedented $31 million (with an M!) in venture capital funding for an entirely open source platform. This talk will go into the basics of building a meteor application, and how you can start developing and deploying meteor applications today. In fact, we'll build and deploy a live meteor app during the talk (then I'll figure out what to do with the remaining 55 minutes). Speaker Bio Kyle Mitofsky currently serves as the Software Development Team Technical Lead at the Vermont Department of Health. He enjoys reading code, writing code, talking about code, and answering questions about code from co-workers and anonymous strangers on the internet. He's interested in desktop, mobile, and web development technologies, especially if they're on the .NET stack. He blogs about coding at www.codingeverything.com (http://www.codingeverything.com/).

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  • Intro to Meteor: The first four chapters of Discover Meteor (free!)

    No Meteor experience necessary, basic JavaScript and HTML/CSS experience recommended. Interested in learning Meteor? Interested in helping teach others? Let's get together and work through the first four chapters of the Discover Meteor book! Discover Meteor is one of the most popular introductions to Meteor. It is a project-focused book, explaining Meteor concepts and methodologies by guiding the reader through building a Reddit-style app. The authors offer the first four chapters of the book for free, and I thought it would be great material to base an intro around. My tentative plan is for everyone to work through each chapter at their own pace alone or in groups, and then chat briefly together after each one to share any comments or questions. You are also welcome to come and work on your own projects, ask questions, and socialize! The chapters are fairly short. The book itself is a website, and the code for the project is available in a github repo after each step. If you want a preview, the chapters are here (https://book.discovermeteor.com/). Thanks to Designbook (https://www.designbook.com/) for hosting.

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  • Meteor Hacking and Coffee

    New Moon Cafe

    These hack nights seem to be working great; there's always lots of collaboration and learning at all levels. Maybe after another one or two we'll do some more lightning talks to show off what everyone's been accomplishing! This is a casual event for hacking on personal projects and chatting about Meteor. I am also happy to walk anyone through the tutorial, and do my best to explain Meteor concepts. All skill levels are welcome, and please feel free to come and leave at your leisure. Bring a bug or an app idea, come and offer your experience, or just come to hang out and learn! New Moon has lots of space and outlets. If you're driving, the easiest place to park is probably the Marketplace Parking Garage. See you there!

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  • Meteor Hacking and Coffee

    New Moon Cafe

    The lightning talks at the last event went great. Let's meet at a cafe and work on our projects! This is a casual event for hacking on personal projects and chatting about Meteor. I am also happy to walk anyone through the tutorial, and do my best to explain Meteor concepts. All skill levels are welcome, and please feel free to come and leave at your leisure. Bring a bug or an app idea, come and offer your experience, or just come to hang out and learn! New Moon has lots of space and outlets. If you're driving, the easiest place to park is probably the Marketplace Parking Garage. See you there!

  • Informal Meteor App Demos and Hacking/Socializing

    The Designbook entrance is across from the Farmhouse. The doors to the building lock automatically at 6pm. We'll be there to let you in, and we'll post our numbers on the doors to call if you arrive late. Schedule: 6:30 - 7:15: Informal demos, show your Meteor project big or small! 7:15 - 8:30: Socializing and Hacking on the projects just shown! Join us for an evening of casual Meteor app demos, hacking, and socializing. First, we'll do informal demos; show your Meteor project big or small! Did you add accounts to the tutorial app? Did you create your own large app from scratch? Share it with the group! If you feel comfortable, this will be a great time to show your app, talk about challenges and successes, and get feedback. This meetup is a safe place to give your first talk; that's the reason we're having it! Please contact me if you have questions. Second, we'll hack on the projects presented, and see if we can help each other out with bugs. This will also be a great time to get help with the tutorial or a Meteor concept. All skill levels are welcome, and free pizza and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. See you there! Thanks to Designbook for hosting! We'll either be in the conference room or the larger room, based on attendance.

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  • Meteor Hacking and Coffee

    New Moon Cafe

    Let's meet at New Moon Cafe for some Meteor hacking and coffee! This is a smaller casual event for hacking on personal projects and chatting about Meteor. All skill levels are welcome, and feel free to come and leave at your leisure. Bring a bug or an app idea, come and offer your experience, or just come to hang out and learn! The easiest place to park is probably the Marketplace Parking Garage. See you there!

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  • Meteor Tutorial Walkthrough and Hack Night!

    MyWebGrocer

    Join us for another night of Meteor hacking and learning! Last time everyone split into pairs to walk through the tutorial or learn by hacking on their own projects. It worked well, so let's try it again! Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. These are casual events. All ideas for event formats or activities will be accepted and appreciated, and my guess is that we'll end up making the final decision as a group before we start. Please use the comments or message me directly if you have any suggestions/questions/concerns. See you there! Rob and MWG have so graciously offered to host again. (Thanks!) Parking: Check out the MWG parking page (http://www.meetup.com/Meteor-Burlington/pages/MWG_parking/) if you need help/details.

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  • Meteor Hack Night!

    MyWebGrocer

    Join us for another night of Meteor hacking and learning! Last time all groups built and hosted a simple chatroom page, and one group even implemented accounts and data security! The goal of this event will be to build on the last, without excluding newcomers. I'm still deciding on the format, so while I'll be making a final decision as the organizer, please feel free to discuss in the comments or message me directly! All ideas will be accepted and appreciated, and my guess is that we'll end up making the final decision as a group when we all arrive, which worked out well last time. Rob and MWG have so graciously offered to host again. (Thanks!) Parking: Check out the MWG parking page (http://www.meetup.com/Meteor-Burlington/pages/MWG_parking/) if you need help/details.

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