• Friday Morning Code + Commiserate

    Online event

    As a developer, it's very easy to fall into the same routine: get up, go to work, deal with the project(s) on-hand, go home. But how are we keeping our skills sharp... and up to date? Once you're submerged in the grind, it can sometimes be difficult to rise to the surface and spend time improving your toolset. We feel your pain: we're in the same boat!

    Join us on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month as we grab a morning beverage, fire up Zoom, and take time to dive into the latest dev news, share tips and tricks, and commiserate in general. This is an informal study group where we are all peers, learning from and sharing with the others.

    The rules? Be professional, be humble, be kind. Dust off the keyboard, turn on your mic and camera, and let's talk code!

  • GRWebDev Presents Jeff Butler: Building Bootiful Microservices

    GRWebDev Powered by LaFleur presents Jeff Butler
    Building Bootiful Microservices (Introduction to Spring Boot)
    Monday, September 27th[masked]:15pm - 7:45pm

    DESCRIPTION
    Java isn't just for crusty old enterprise applications. Millions of modern microservices are written in Java and the framework of choice for Java microservices is Spring Boot.

    Spring Boot is an open source framework for Java/Kotlin/Groovy that greatly simplifies the common boilerplate code needed for microservices and allows developers to focus their energy on implementing user stories. In this talk we’ll do a quick overview of the main features of Spring Boot, and then we'll transition to a live coding example where we will build a simple microservice that enables CRUD operations on a database table. Time permitting, we'll also cover some of the newer features in Spring Boot including container image building and simplified metrics collection with Wavefront.

    We hope you will join us to learn about modern Java development!

    BIO
    Jeff Butler is a Senior Solution Engineer for VMware handling all things related to containers, Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, and Spring for VMware customers in Indiana and Western Michigan. Jeff has been active in open source for over 15 years and is the creator of MyBatis Generator and MyBatis Dynamic SQL. As a developer, he loves how self-service infrastructure is helping clear barriers for developers getting code into production.

    SPONSORS
    This month's meetup is graciously sponsored by VMWare, Inc. Founded in 1998, VMware streamlines the journey for organizations to become digital businesses that deliver better experiences to their customers and empower employees to do their best work. VMWare’s software includes solutions for app modernization, cloud computing, networking & security and digital workspaces.

    GRWebDev's title sponsor is LaFleur Marketing. LaFleur is your forward-thinking digital marketing partner, creating innovative, data-driven marketing strategies and assets for law firms, healthcare organizations, and growing businesses. Learn more about their services on the web at lafleur.marketing.

    SCHEDULE
    6:15pm - 6:30pm ... Announcements & Introduction
    6:30pm - 7:30pm ... Presentation
    7:30pm - 7:45pm ... Q&A
    7:45pm ... Conclusion

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  • Friday Morning Code + Commiserate

    Online event

    As a developer, it's very easy to fall into the same routine: get up, go to work, deal with the project(s) on-hand, go home. But how are we keeping our skills sharp... and up to date? Once you're submerged in the grind, it can sometimes be difficult to rise to the surface and spend time improving your toolset. We feel your pain: we're in the same boat!

    Join us on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month as we grab a morning beverage, fire up Zoom, and take time to dive into the latest dev news, share tips and tricks, and commiserate in general. This is an informal study group where we are all peers, learning from and sharing with the others.

    The rules? Be professional, be humble, be kind. Dust off the keyboard, turn on your mic and camera, and let's talk code!

  • Friday Morning Code + Commiserate

    Online event

    As a developer, it's very easy to fall into the same routine: get up, go to work, deal with the project(s) on-hand, go home. But how are we keeping our skills sharp... and up to date? Once you're submerged in the grind, it can sometimes be difficult to rise to the surface and spend time improving your toolset. We feel your pain: we're in the same boat!

    Join us on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month as we grab a morning beverage, fire up Zoom, and take time to dive into the latest dev news, share tips and tricks, and commiserate in general. This is an informal study group where we are all peers, learning from and sharing with the others.

    The rules? Be professional, be humble, be kind. Dust off the keyboard, turn on your mic and camera, and let's talk code!

  • Friday Morning Code + Commiserate

    Online event

    As a developer, it's very easy to fall into the same routine: get up, go to work, deal with the project(s) on-hand, go home. But how are we keeping our skills sharp... and up to date? Once you're submerged in the grind, it can sometimes be difficult to rise to the surface and spend time improving your toolset. We feel your pain: we're in the same boat!

    Join us on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month as we grab a morning beverage, fire up Zoom, and take time to dive into the latest dev news, share tips and tricks, and commiserate in general. This is an informal study group where we are all peers, learning from and sharing with the others.

    The rules? Be professional, be humble, be kind. Dust off the keyboard, turn on your mic and camera, and let's talk code!

  • Code with Sloth: A Reactive Front End

    Online event

    DESCRIPTION
    Let's learn to code together! Sloth from SlothWerks will lead us through a journey of discovery as we add functionality to a web application. Each session will explore a different topic, with topics chosen by the group. This meetup is designed for those who are interested in web development but are only just getting their feet wet in the technology. Bring questions and your curiosity; all are welcome!

    Here's our current codebase, with instructions for download:

    https://github.com/slothwerks-studio/contact-list

    THIS SESSION'S TOPIC
    Back in the day, HTML files sat in the driver's seat as the primary structure for websites. Recently, however, JavaScript frameworks such as Angular, React, and Vue have flipped the script. Now our content is built by our programming code, and the three worlds of content, style, and functionality have melded into a single playground. In this month's Code with Sloth, we'll re-examine our contact list app as a React web application and explore how component-based programming can allow us to build organized, well-oiled and testable code.

  • GRWebDev Powered by LaFleur Presents Digital Security: A Panel Discussion

    GRWebDev Powered by LaFleur Presents
    Digital Security: A Panel Discussion

    DESCRIPTION
    With recent operating system vulnerabilities making big headlines, digital security has been a hot topic of late. And yet, security concerns are all too often an afterthought within the software development lifecycle. Given that unauthorized network access can sell for up to five figures, it is a topic that concerns all of us: product owners, coders, and consumers alike.

    This month at GRWebDev powered by LaFleur Marketing, Joanna Udo, DEI Director at Cloud Security Alliance West Michigan, will lead us through a conversation on digital security featuring a panel of tech professionals from Microsoft, Amway, and more. Please join us online at 6:15pm EST on Monday, August 23rd for a lively discussion and Q&A.

    OUR PANEL
    Anthony Tuttle earned his B.S. in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education from NC State University in 2011 before earning his Master's degree in Management from Wake Forest University in 2012. He started his career in marketing and product management at Steelcase in Grand Rapids before joining the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology where he launched and ran the Cyber Hub at WMCAT. He is currently the Associate Director of National Workforce Development at Grand Circus and serves as Co-Chair of the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium.

    David Sigsby earned his bachelor's degree in computer information systems with a focus on computer programming, his master's degree in information assurance, and he has worked in a variety of IT roles in his career including Software Developer, Linux Administrator, DevOps Engineer, and Information Security Analyst. He is currently the Director of Information Security at Davenport University, a role that includes managing all aspects of the information security program and team.

    Ruth Ferguson holds degrees in computer science and information assurance from Calvin and Davenport Universities. As a front end web developer at Amway, Ruth works with the internal Security and Risk team to ensure the employment of solid web security practices for multiple customer-facing websites. Ruth also serves as Treasurer of the Information Systems Security Association Grand Rapids Chapter.

    Nate Baker is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. As a software engineer at Microsoft, Nate’s current focus is security implementation for the Office 360 suite of products. Nate is also passionate about education and gives back to his community as an instructor and content creator through his Street Coders YouTube channel, which includes an introductions to full stack development, C++ programming, and more.

    OUR MODERATOR
    Joanna Udo has worked in multiple areas within Information Technology including web development, field service support, operations & infrastructure. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer networking/network security and served as President of the Information Systems Security Association Grand Rapids Chapter. Joanna believes everyone plays a part in ensuring the security of our systems and has championed this throughout her 10-year IT career.

    SPONSORS
    This month's meetup is graciously sponsored by observIQ. observIQ builds next-generation observability solutions for ITOps and DevOps teams. Built by engineers for engineers, observIQ’s solutions accelerate, simplify, and enhance observability across today’s hybrid environments. For more information, visit observiq.com.

    GRWebDev's title sponsor is LaFleur Marketing. LaFleur is your forward-thinking digital marketing partner, creating innovative, data-driven marketing strategies and assets for law firms, healthcare organizations, and growing businesses. Learn more about their services on the web at lafleur.marketing.

    SCHEDULE
    6:15pm - 6:30pm ... Announcements & Introduction
    6:30pm - 7:30pm ... Panel Discussion
    7:30pm - 7:45pm ... Q&A
    7:45pm ... Conclusion

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  • Friday Morning Code + Commiserate

    Online event

    As a developer, it's very easy to fall into the same routine: get up, go to work, deal with the project(s) on-hand, go home. But how are we keeping our skills sharp... and up to date? Once you're submerged in the grind, it can sometimes be difficult to rise to the surface and spend time improving your toolset. We feel your pain: we're in the same boat!

    Join us on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month as we grab a morning beverage, fire up Zoom, and take time to dive into the latest dev news, share tips and tricks, and commiserate in general. This is an informal study group where we are all peers, learning from and sharing with the others.

    The rules? Be professional, be humble, be kind. Dust off the keyboard, turn on your mic and camera, and let's talk code!

  • Coffee with Creators @ The Factory

    The Factory

    Coffee with Creators
    Brought to you by The Factory and GRWebDev Powered by LaFleur

    DESCRIPTION
    Whether you create on a digital canvas, through code, or with words written on paper, we invite you to this classic informal networking event at The Factory in Grand Rapids. Meet fellow creatives in Grand Rapids and enjoy morning beverages as we discuss everything from office life to project work to best practices for plant care. 🪴 We look forward to seeing you again!

    LOCATION
    Coffee with Creators takes place at 8am on the first and third Fridays of the month at The Factory. The Factory is located on the fourth floor of the San Chez building in downtown Grand Rapids. Enter the building from the north on Fulton Avenue or by using the ramp at the rear of the building next to the parking lot.

    PARKING
    Street parking is available; one may also utilize The Gallery Ramp to the east across Commerce Ave. For a comprehensive guide, visit the Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. website:

    https://downtowngr.org/get/parking

    MASKS
    Masks are optional for visitors fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, please be courteous and wear a mask. If you are feeling ill, please consider visiting at a later time: we want to ensure everyone is safe and healthy!

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