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last modified 2014.09.24Wed17:06. Meetup, so including this our group site, is best accessed from a laptop/desktop -see footnote. Coming soon: Meetup's big announcement of this our group (footnote details). Join Now!

GRAND OPENING of OCJavaScript! --Orange County's very own JavaScript Community Group --with no other group like it for general JavaScript in the OC.

• So we're for all OC JS
coders/programmers & developers (software & web&apps, mobile&desktop&server), present & future.

Why choose JavaScript(JS)? It's the one programming language which runs everywhere: in most every web browser and now most everywhere else; and it's shockingly powerful, too!

• We're brand new, and projected to have lot of growth over the next 12 months (especially as your central hub for OC's already 8+ speciality-JavaScript groups!), so sign up now to get notified. Also your reviews & comments & fixes about this group design & website, including the signup process, we would very much appreciate & need: ASAP, please post in our website forum else, for repost here if possible, Meetup-message group top leadership.Heads-up: our profile Qs and Welcome message could use readability improvements, so we're working on that immediately; still the logic & message is solid, so still please complete them, thanks!

• Events include Main Meetings every month, Intro/Training & Co-working/Hacking every other week on both closed- & open-source projects, plus specialized Joint-group events & Conferences. -If it's JS community in the OC, you'll find it here!

Topics include primarily JavaScript: (1) intros & training and (2) news & comparisons & reviews of tools & extensions & companion-technologies (as libraries (as Backbone.js, Bootstrap, Underscore.js, & many more) & even frameworks (jQuery and many more, plus Internet Rich Internet Application frameworks (as Angular, Flex, Titanium, Ember.js, and many more, plus Mobile (as Cordova/Phonegap and Sencha Touch)), & many, many more!), server-side execution (as Node.js & others), editors & online IDEs, build tools (including to assemble code both on server (as Grunt/Gulp/Bruch & many more) and on browser (as Browserify & Ender & RequireJS & more)), code conversion including compilation (as from JS-enhancements (CoffeeScript, DART, etc) and from even totally different programming langauges) + compaction + obfuscation, code hosting (as GitHub) & -revision control (as Git), templating, stylesheet languages (as Less, Sass, Stylus) and CSS&HTML integration, latest variations (as DART & Harmony/6), and more) --Learn & share & keep-up-with the latest hot JS stuff!

• Founded by me DestinyArchitect, who, for many years now, am a big JS lover&coder (my primary programming language!), but for ~5years now, I found no general-JS group in my county OC. So in 2011 I starting planning & preparing-to-found OCJavaScript; but only now got the time to do it, as since the year before 2010, I've been & am also a leading Orange County tech group leader & coordinator, overseeing & bringing together 12+ & increasing local tech groups --has taught me a lot about doing this, which hopefully you'll spot in this group website :-); plus I'm a former US military reserves officer&NCO&combat-vet for 8 years, which also taught me a ton on leading groups, especially leading with Army value Integrity; and I'm a MIT CS grad (BS+MS work+research intership+patent. And, um, handy here! Indeed JavaScript is based on what I learned&taught&did-my-bachelors-thesis-in, functional programming languages especially MIT's Scheme! :-).

• In both admin and our topic, we're looking for presentations/presenters and helpers & leaders and even venues, including welcoming them from OC's many fine specialized-JavaScript & tech groups, simply offer or request in our forum(s) matching.


• We're run with integrity (basic group rules) plus fun!

• (1) To contact & talk with us (members&leaders), avoid private messaging (as email,SMS,call,& Meetup messages) and instead properly-post whereever practical: in our event listings' matching comment thread (create it if none, making the 1st line THE TOPIC IN CAPS, as "WHEN --please put all on that here in this thread"), else in our matching discusion forums -- we've many: jobs, volunteering, venues, JavaScript-talk, this website, & more --be sure to Meetup-subscribe to be alerted of posts & replies. This vastly makes our groupsite come alive & sharing, notably attracting more participants; and it avoids leader monopolies and allows multiple-indeed-many helpers to sync, enabling everyone to be a participant, so generating a collective intelligence (plus friends & fun!); and another big reason...

• (2) Unlike many or most community groups where many member & most leader dicussions are in private email&talk&calls which no one else ever sees & hears (so tons of needless reinventing-the-wheel, neglecting, backstabbing, and worse), in what I see as the true spirit of a public & public-serving community group, I aim all our operations, including talk by even admin & management, to be: (1) open-source (as open-sourced talk including open-source government) say 95%, what I term(coin) as an "open-sourced group". and (2) documented especially written as much as possible, especially ideally every significant event&group&job-title/membership change is clearly archived telling "who did what to whom/what how & when & why", which by "(1) open-source" is then also public record nearly always. --So (1) & (2) combined then: best insure right is done, plus insure maximum helpers&leaders&participation&sharing&collaboration&learning, between our own members & even with other groups.

• (3) Like Burning Man (which also ton of fun & inspiring & enlightening), "There are no spectators here, only participants" --well, as much as we can pull off :-)

JOIN US! Then, for your specialized-JavaScript interests, join 0 or more of Orange County's 8+ specialty-JavaScript groups: {server-side: NodeJS, Apache Sling,MongoDB}, {client-side:AngularJS, EmberJS, Cordova/Phonegap, Sencha Touch & ExtJS, Google (Angular, Dart, Chrome, AppScript, & more)}.

More exicting details as you join the group and it grows.

• Aside: What are the 6-digit alphanumeric codes that you will occassionally on this site? --as “NBTY69” at the end of this point. As part of a new machine-understanding writing system I'm developing, they're short IDs to date-stamp, uniquely-reference, & portably-track most any point or item --very useful for versioning & watermarking & tracking text including telling who-wrote-what-when, plus cross-referencing. And here especially on the "About us" and event listings, they are mostly 100% hidden (they're all over this page --can you find them? :-); but due to the limits of Meetup, sometimes it's very painful to hide them (as on the Discussion Boards posts) and sometimes simply impossible (as on pure-ASCII text fields), so this explanation :-) =NBTY69

• Footnote: Meetup.com, so this group site, is best accessed via a desktop web browser, as unfortunately some or all mobile phones & tablets have serious drawbacks using Meetup, including {all hyperlinks are stripped, so missing, from text for at least group descriptions (so including this one) --but at least on our site there are many & important)}, {Join/update-profile loses all your input when you try to edit it}, {every link to a location/anchor somewhere within web page just goes to top of the page}, and {likely more bugs}.

Footnote "Coming soon: Meetup's big announcement of this our group": Per Meetup's non-user-changable settings for every new group, Meetup auto-announced this group 3 days after it was created. As is readily the case for new Meetup groups, this was not enough time to get everything ready for the group. Worst, per recent new non-user-settable Meetup defaults, default "new group listen radius" for new, and perhaps existing, Meetup users is a mere 5 miles (most OC residents drive up to 25 miles for a Meetup, the radius of the county), when it used to be indeed about 25miles for apparently all many years before, so only 1/25th the annoucement area, and while that may be maybe-ok for extremely-dense most-peple-dont-own-cars areas as NYC (where MeetupHQ is), it's terrible fro spauling often public-transitless suburbs as OC. And indeed from this Meetup squeek-announcement, instead of getting say ~100 starter members (say given our topic which is so popular where everyone even non-programmers knows the JavaScript name), instead we got ~10! For these reasons, we will soon request Meetup do a proper announcement of us and all Meetup groups who were similarly short-changed.


Document History in order:

2014.09.10 (group creation): created, very minally: ~2 paragraphs.

bulk of text written

2014.09.13 1st std meetup announce; then update after to show this, ending with "last mod 2014.09.14Sun21:37"

add quote(Footnote "Coming soon: Meetup's big announcement of this our group").

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