Past Meetup

CSS Image Sprites; CouchDB

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The Whys and Hows of CSS Sprites
presented by Colin Harris ( at 7:00pm

Using CSS image sprites can greatly improve your site's responsiveness by reducing the amount of requests to the server. They can be, however, incredibly annoying to create and maintain. Colin Harris will give a 10 minute lightning talk on why you should be using sprites, and how his useful Ruby library takes the pain out of the process.

Document-Oriented Databases: A CouchDB Primer
presented by Jeff Siarto ( at 7:20pm

As web developers, we work with relational databases like MySQL everyday. Yet sometimes our data doesn't fit into this model — foreign keys and mapping tables aren't the always the answer. Apache CouchDB is a different kind of database. It's document-oriented and built for the web.

Jeff Siarto will talk about the concepts behind CouchDB, including REST, JSON, and the available Ruby and Javascript client libraries. He'll also introduce you to the CouchDB web interface, and explain the scenarios in which you should choose document-oriented over relational.

Monthly Site Critique
led by TBA at 8:10pm

For the second month in a row, we plan to wrap up the event with a site critique. This is a highly interactive, rapid-fire segment led by different web professional each month. We rely on your suggestions in deciding which site to review, so please leave a comment on this Meetup event page with a URL. The leader will choose one site from the suggestions and prepare a few notes ahead of time to guide the group. It should be a great analytical segue to more conversation and drinks after the meetup, so stick around!