The Whys and Hows of CSS Sprites
presented by Colin Harris (http://aberant.tumblr.com/) 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 (http://siarto.com/) 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.
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!