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Compiling your web site: Closure compiler

  • Nov 11, 2010 · 6:30 PM
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NOTE DATE CHANGE: We have to move it to the next day,
Thursday, November 11th.
Michael Bolin is a former Google engineer who spent his four years there working on Google Calendar, Google Tasks, and the
Closure Compiler. He recently published
Closure: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly 2010), because as a frontend developer at Google, he used the Closure Tools suite on a daily basis and made a number of contributions to it. His last project at Google was to open-source the Closure Compiler. He is a blogger, often writing about web development, and graduated with both Computer Science and Mathematics degrees from MIT. Michael is currently a software engineer at Yext.
Description: Today, web developers must often choose between a simple development setup and a complex build process to create an optimized web site. Most developers opt to do the former because it is much easier. This talk will introduce tools and techniques you can use to develop a build process that will produce an optimized version of your website. Not only will this make your site faster for your users, it will also make development faster for your engineers because having an automated way to package up your web site will help catch errors earlier. In particular, Michael will show how the Closure Tools from Google can be employed to facilitate web development and yield significant performance benefits.
Books: We also started Books section at our last session and I created the page with a list of performance-books:
http://www.meetup.com... I'll keep updating the list so please let me know of all the good performance-related books!
Catchpoint (
http://www.catchpoint...) agreed to sponsor us by providing 10% discount on their products and services to you, our members as well as providing several copies of "
Complete Web Monitoring" eBook by
Alistair Croll and
Sean Power (I talked about Sean's great workshop about metrics at our Velocity 2010 review session a couple months ago).

Michael also promised to bring a few copies of
his book so
we're going to raffle them all off!
Be prepared to answer the questions about performance ;) I hope this will become a good tradition at our events.
Agenda: 6:30 - Arrive to the event, meet other members 6:45 - Event starts, Introduction (Sergey Chernyshev) 7:15 -
Compiling your web site: Closure compiler (Michael Bolin) 8:15 - Q&A 8:45 - Open Discussion, Networking
Location: This event is hosted at
Meetup HQ and they also generously provide
Pizza and drinks!
632 Broadway 3rd floor New York, NY 10012 Directions:
http://bit.ly/9Jcia4... Entrance StreetView:
http://bit.ly/cB5BZg... Don't miss it, see you there on
Thursday, November 11th at 6:30

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  • Marc S.

    Thought it was a great overview presentation but it would have been nice to see a real world site compile, build and test. I realize that might be another idea for a meetup. That said, there was definitely a lot to chew on. Very helpful.

    November 12, 2010

  • Nicholas

    Great presentation and great tech. And, of course, the Meetup offices are always a great place to attend a meetup.

    My only gripe was the timing - it started late, and so ran fairly late at night.

    November 12, 2010

  • Amy J.

    excellent presentation.

    November 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent talk by Michael and great discussion afterwards. Food was really good.

    November 12, 2010

  • Lynda B.

    "Don't make users pay for your process" Sergey coached and Michael Dolin stepped everyone through a complete Build Process to speed with Closure, then even faster with his new tool plovr... very cool

    November 11, 2010

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