• The Great Gatsby: Building Fast Static Sites in React
    There are a lot of choices when building static sites. A new rising star is Gatsby: a static site generator built in React. You'll learn about the benefits of static sites in general and what makes Gatsby a compelling choice. Once we get over some hurdles with React we'll dive into topics such as data fetching from static files and CMSes like WordPress and Contentful, styling with styled-components, and continuous deployment with GitHub to Netlify and Amazon S3. You'll walk away with all the knowledge you need to build a site that feels almost instantaneous to your users and costs practically nothing to host. About Kevin Marsh, Developer at Kinship Kevin Marsh is a developer with a focus on simplicity and usability, with an eye for design and an insatiable curiosity. He is a partner in Kinship, a new digital agency in Toledo, OH that promotes collaboration and craftsmanship while building amazing experiences for companies of all sizes in technologies like React, Ruby on Rails, Elixir, and many more.

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    25 South St. Clair · Toledo, OH

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  • Code + Brew at the Black Cloister
    Join us for after-work drinks and award-winning craft brewed delights at the Black Cloister for this month's Toledo Web Professionals meetup. Snack on pizza, talk shop, and take part in show & tell sessions in the taproom of Toledo's best craft brewery. Show & Tell Sessions We encourage attendees to engage in show & tell lightning talks. Got a neat project you're working on? Want to showcase a new library or technique you've picked up? This is the place to do it. If you have something to show on screen, please bring a computer and everything you need to present. Show & tell sessions are limited to five minutes each. About the Black Cloister Located at 619 Monroe St. in Downtown Toledo, the Black Cloister is serious about beer. With a team comprising over 50 years of brewing experience, their quality, taste, and ingredients are uncompromising. Their taproom features a full bar with wine and liquor, an unmatched selection of house beers on draught, as well as an incredible selection of rotating guest taps. Their tap room kitchen serves up delicious oven-baked pizzas to perfectly pair with their house beers. About Toledo Web Professionals Building tech talent in Toledo is what brings us together. We meet once per month, January through November, and discuss on topics ranging from digital marketing, design, and UX to programming and engineering. We are run by volunteers, we do not charge any membership fees, and our events are free to attend! Attendees will be responsible for purchasing their own drinks and food, as well as imbibing responsibly.

    Black Cloisters Brewing

    619 Monroe St · Toledo, OH

  • Code + Brew at the Black Cloister
    Join us for after-work drinks and award-winning craft brewed delights at the Black Cloister for this month's Toledo Web Professionals meetup. Snack on pizza, talk shop, and take part in show & tell sessions in the taproom of Toledo's best craft brewery. Show & Tell Sessions We encourage attendees to engage in show & tell lightning talks. Got a neat project you're working on? Want to showcase a new library or technique you've picked up? This is the place to do it. If you have something to show on screen, please bring a computer and everything you need to present. Show & tell sessions are limited to five minutes each. About the Black Cloister Located at 619 Monroe St. in Downtown Toledo, the Black Cloister is serious about beer. With a team comprising over 50 years of brewing experience, their quality, taste, and ingredients are uncompromising. Their taproom features a full bar with wine and liquor, an unmatched selection of house beers on draught, as well as an incredible selection of rotating guest taps. Their tap room kitchen serves up delicious oven-baked pizzas to perfectly pair with their house beers. About Toledo Web Professionals Building tech talent in Toledo is what brings us together. We meet once per month, January through November, and discuss on topics ranging from digital marketing, design, and UX to programming and engineering. We are run by volunteers, we do not charge any membership fees, and our events are free to attend! Attendees will be responsible for purchasing their own drinks and food, as well as imbibing responsibly.

    Black Cloisters Brewing

    619 Monroe St · Toledo, OH

  • Simplifying Data Flow In React Applications with Scott Sanzenbacher
    Redux is widely use for handling data in ReactJS applications, but at what point does the need outweigh the overhead? What if your application is not large enough to require Redux? What are some alternatives? In this talk, we will discuss different methods for handling data based on the scope of the application and data involved. Speaker: Scott Sanzenbacher is a web and mobile application developer using many languages and frameworks. His current focus is React and React Native with a Node.js API.

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    25 South St. Clair · Toledo, OH

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  • Atomic Design Systems
    Discover the world of Atomic Design Systems and how to use them to create stronger UI elements. Learn how to create designs physically or digitally and apply them to your own projects. Alexander will walk the audience through the atomic methodology and show why systems are valuable by making your work: * Sustainable * Faster to Produce * Cohesive ABOUT ALEXANDER CHRISTIAN Alexander is a designer at Spoke and will earn his BFA in Graphic Design from BGSU in May of 2018. He spends most of his time obsessing over grids and compulsively organizing his files. When he isn’t working, he can usually be found drinking impressive amounts of coffee

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    25 South St. Clair · Toledo, OH

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  • Essential Skills for a Career in UX
    Explore the field of User Experience in BGSU's brilliantly designed innovation engine, the Collab Lab, where we'll be discussing essential skills for a career in the growing field of UX. This special event partners Toledo Web Professionals with BGSU to discuss this in-demand career and connect learners and career hoppers with practicing professionals. This event is perfect for students, those seeking a career change, practicing professionals, and employee-seeking organizations. Explore essential skills to kickstart your new career in interaction design, user research, or frontend development. Learn skills that will enable you to design software that's easier to use, more enjoyable, and meets business goals. Test your skills as a professional, challenge the panel with your own suggestions for essential UX skills, and inspire with the next generation of professionals. If your organization is looking for design and digital talent, this is the place to meet potential interns, co-op students, and employees! PANELISTS Mike Osswald, VP, Experience Innovation, Hanson, Inc. Rhonda Grimm, IT User Experience Lead, First Solar Ron Shrewsbery, User Experience Design Lead, Owens Corning MODERATORS Keith Instone, User Experience Consultant Jerry Schnepp, Assistant Professor, BGSU SKILL DISCUSSIONS Top skills: Communication, Storytelling, Observation, Listening, Research, Facilitation, Collaboration Other skills: Critiquing, Managing complexity, Technical, Cultural understanding, Adapting to change, Business, Sketching, Conceptual thinking, Attention to detail, Emotional intelligence DIRECTIONS Finding the BGSU Collab Lab is easy, and free parking is nearby. From I-75, exit 181 and go west on Wooster. Turn north on Mercer. Turn west on Ridge (at the ice arena). Park in "Lot N" (free after 6:00pm). Do NOT park in the Kiosk Pay Area (the first 2 rows). Enter the library on the ground floor on the west side of the building. The Collab Lab is straight ahead, by the elevators. See the map attached below.

    Jerome Library

    1001 East Wooster Street · Bowling Green

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  • Best Practices for API-Driven React Applications with Scott Radcliff
    React is on fire! Companies around the world are trying to take advantage of the way React makes web applications fast, responsive, and easier to develop. That said, what about the API? If your API is slow or not optimized, that could severely effect your cool new React app and end up as the choke point for negative customer experiences. In this talk, we'll build a React app that is driven by an API written in Rails, though we'll cover a great deal of best practices, examples, and considerations that can be applied to a client-server architecture written in any language. You'll leave this talk with an understanding of the APIs role in React applications, things to look for when working with or building an API, and practical knowledge to take back into your workplace or personal projects. Speaker Bio: Scott Radcliff is an expert software developer in the Toledo area. He's built web applications using numerous programming languages and technology stacks accomplishing a variety of tasks from the very simple to enterprise-grade. He enjoys building applications that help people do things that they previously couldn't, and he loves Ruby. Scott is a freelance developer and is currently taking on new customers.

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    25 South St. Clair · Toledo, OH

  • Exploring Craft CMS with Rachel Rine and Madhouse
    Created in the shadows by ExpressionEngine expats, Craft CMS is an ultra flexible content management system that makes designers, developers AND clients happy. From custom fields, to Twig templates, Craft makes no assumptions about what your content could or should look like. Craft CMS is eye-opening for Wordpress developers, sanity-restoring for Joomla and Drupal developers, and makes building websites fun again. Rachel Rine, our guest speaker, will be walking us through getting started with Craft and showing off some incredible examples of implementation in both the backend and in templating. About Rachel Rine: Rachel spends most of her time churning out code as an interactive designer/developer for Madhouse, where she enjoys optimizing performance, accessibility, and usable design. When she’s not grumbling about #serverstruggs, you can probably find her listening to econ podcasts, playing board games, and trying to keep her plants alive.

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    25 South St. Clair · Toledo, OH

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  • The Cybersecurity Roadshow with Tom Germain
    This traveling cybersecurity workshop seeks to bring cybersecurity awareness to creators, developers, and businesses. You've read the headlines about the latest hack affecting millions of web users and/or credit card holders, but did you know that, possibly and unwittingly, your own website, router or web connected device could be part of a botnet used in attacks? What never ceases to amaze is how many businesses and individuals fail to protect themselves from the hordes of hackers working in a multi-billion dollar a year illegal industry. This workshop aims to awaken you to the many dangers as well as to offer real solutions to defending yourself and your business from what could be a disastrous breach of security. • Profile of a "black hat" hacker and what they target • Types of attacks and how they're achieved • Legal aspects (liability, etc.) • Social engineering • Sources of timely security alerts • Basic prevention • Penetration testing • Web site and web server security • Desktop and Mobile security • Anti-virus products comparisons Truthfully, everybody who connects to the Internet should know this stuff, so come on over, and become a more savvy, secure, and responsible Internet user! About Tom Germain Tom Germain is CEO of Coder Scoop Inc., a web and mobile development company operating in London and Toronto, who has long concerned himself with security on behalf of his clients and started this workshop in May of 2017.

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    25 South St. Clair · Toledo, OH

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