• JavaScript Prototypal Inheritance — a Brief Introduction

    Prototypal inheritance is an important feature of JavaScript — it allows users the ability to override methods in the prototype chain. It’s often overlooked, yet very helpful. Let’s talk protoypal inheritance so you can better prepare your next JavaScript project, or just better prepare your next interview. About the Speaker: Twitter (https://twitter.com/royvanegas) | Github (https://github.com/code-warrior) Roy Vanegas is an educator, animal rights activist, and full stack engineer specializing in front end, public-facing technologies, such as Sass and JavaScript. He teaches — or has taught — at schools as varied as BMCC and Columbia University and has worked at places as varied as NYU and IBM.

  • Webpack Blues


    Webpack has become one of the most important tools for modern web development.Primarily it’s a module bundler for your JavaScript but it can be taught to transform all of your front-end assets like HTML and CSS, even images. This talk will be a deep dive into getting started and working with Webpack for various aspects of front-end work. About the Speaker: Rushaine McBean is a software engineer who specializes in building JavaScript and Ruby on Rails web applications. She picked up JavaScript as her first web technology then Ruby on Rails to serve as her API and hasn’t looked back. When she’s not writing code for she’s working on side projects to stay update to with JavaScript & Ruby on Rails technologies or helping run Manhattan.js a local JS meetup in NYC. Twitter (https://twitter.com/copasetickid) | Github (https://github.com/copasetickid)

  • Custom Properties - The hows and whys to using them

    In this talk I will be going over the basics what custom properties are and how to use them. We will also dive into different use cases in which they can be used in current work flows. About the speaker: Robert James is a front end developer working at EY who is passionate about pushing and moving the web fwd. Twitter | Github (https://github.com/rmjames)

  • The Modular Grid — a Chrome Extension


    In the translation of design mocks to working web pages, web developers tend to make many visual positional guesses in the process that alter a designer’s original design intentions. However, when a modular grid — one comprised of both a column and baseline grid — is used by both design and development, it’s easier for web developers to remain true to original designs. Combined with a CSS preprocessor like Sass, it becomes very possible to achieve true, near pixel-perfect translations of designs into web pages. With that said, I’d like to talk about The Modular Grid, an open source Chrome extension in beta that overlays, or superimposes, a grid over web pages. Since this project is in beta, I would be delighted to get UI/UX feedback from the community, and also take feature requests. About the Speaker: Roy Vanegas is an educator, animal rights activist, and full stack engineer specializing in front end, public-facing technologies, such as Sass and JavaScript. He teaches at Queens College, BMCC, and RISD, and has worked at places as varied as NYU and IBM. Twitter (https://twitter.com/royvanegas) | Github (https://github.com/code-warrior)

  • Improving interactivity for legacy front-end applications using Vue.js

    This talk will cover: • Difficulties with migrating large legacy apps to fancy new frameworks like React • My experience with using Vue as a quick drop-in replacement for snippets of jQuery • Discussion of why Vue is easy to get started with and why I'd like to keep using it • Experience with pairing on Vue.js with designers Check out David's medium post (https://medium.com/position-development-blog/give-vue-js-a-shot-if-youre-adding-interactivity-to-a-traditional-web-app-879c8e99b51c) to get a sneak peak in what he is going to talk about. About the Speaker: David (https://twitter.com/musicismath) is a programmer who enjoys working on user-facing software and collaborating closely with clients. Over the course of 8 years in the industry, David gained experience solving problems through software for finance and education. He most recently spent 3 years building educational technology software at Knewton where he was involved in all aspects of technical planning and implementation including data modeling, user research, and front-end design. David currently works at Position Development where he is a full-stack developer, and occasional project manager. He enjoys supporting the work of Position's clients and being part of its strongly collaborative culture. Twitter (https://twitter.com/musicismath) | Github (https://github.com/dhartunian) | Website (http://positiondev.com/)

  • How to Read a Spec: Understanding W3C Guidelines


    How many of you have decided to read an W3C HTML or CSS spec? A couple of months ago I decided to do just that. While my first instinct was to close all chrome tabs and run screaming, I got through it and so will you. This presentation will be a few tips and tricks I learned along the way. About the Speaker: Hey there! Many of you know me as co-organizer of this wonderful meetup. My day job is front-end engineer at Signpost. I love yoga, miss running and have way too many side projects to finish. I dream of the day my personal website doesn't look like absolute crap. Twitter (http://twitter.com/skyefaerie) | Github (https://github.com/skyfaerie/) Special thanks to Policy Genius (https://www.policygenius.com/) for hosting this month's GothamSass!

  • How to better prepare for your next code challege/interview

    There's so much in front-end! How can we possible know it all? Luckily, you don't have to know everything to make it through your next code challenge. But there are some surefire ways to sing through your interviews. This talk is developed from my experiences as a hiring lead. I put a lot of thought and design into thinking about the hiring process and how to design a more inclusive, welcoming experience for all. This is talk is a first attempt to organize this trove of design research and learning. Goal's of the talk: * Share about the hiring process from perspective of hiring lead * Offer hiring leads/managers ideas for designing more effective and fun interview processes * Offer applicants and new developers ideas of what to learn to excel at the code challenges and grow their career * Offer applicants tools for gauging good environments for growth * Share mistakes, missteps Audience This talk is open to any skill level. It's written for junior and mid-level front-end developers, and hiring managers, but can be useful to a senior developer or someone just starting out at boot camp. Speaker Claudina Sarahe is an independent product consultant. She works with companies to help them build great products and teams. Recently, she helped Casper scale their Engineering team. Claudina is a regular at GothamSass and is on the emeritus organizing squad. GothamSass is committed to an inclusive space. We uphold the Sass Community Guidelines (http://sass-lang.com/community-guidelines) and SassConf Code of Conduct (http://sassconf.com/code-of-conduct) at all our events. Format 7-7:20: Refreshments & Chatter 7:30-8:00 Talk 8:00-9:00 Questions/Conversations As always, light refreshments will be served.

  • New Years Special: Code Patterns for Pattern Making

    Style Guides and Pattern Libraries are great tools for documenting the relationships between code and design, but beautiful docs and consistent UI are only half the battle. Somewhere, behind the scenes, those patterns have to live in our code, and hopefully make life easier for developers. We can go beyond "living" style guides to find tools that encourage and document pattern-making from the ground up, across projects, without adding developer overhead. From Sass maps and Jinja macros, to front-end architecture and style-guide generators — let's talk about the code patterns that make our UI patterns possible. About the Speaker: Miriam Eric Suzanne (http://miriamsuzanne.com) is an author, performer, musician, designer, and web developer — working with OddBird, Teacup Gorilla, and CSS Tricks. She's the author of Riding SideSaddle* and The Post-Obsolete Book, co-author of Jump Start Sass and 10 Myths on the Proper Application of Beauty Products, and creator of the Susy and True open-source toolkits. Twitter (http://twitter.com/mirisuzanne) | Github (http://github.com/mirisuzanne) | Website (http://miriamsuzanne.com) | Oddbird (http://oddbird.net) Important note: The front door to the office building is locked and the buzzer is iffy so give Aisha a ring at[masked] and someone will buzz you in/come down to get you.