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Discussion on emerging Web technologies (Web, Mobile, Hadoop, Big Data, DevOps)

Please note that topics and discussions points outlined below is a laundry list of what we as a community/group could brainstorm on. The discussion that starts with this meetup will carry-on for at least two more meetups in coming months. You may want to RSVP for all three meetups. Following description will continue to be refined further before actual meetup date.

I believe that as a group, we have reached a maturity level and member diversity where we can undertake a serious discussion and take a holistic view of various aspects of web infrastructure and web technologies from bottom-up and top-down. At these focused sessions, we will discuss on...

Enterprise Focus

Beyond nuts and bolts of Web Development: Industry Trends and Priorities of IT organizations:

• What is this talk about Digital Transformations everywhere? How can professionals in this group benefit from it?

• What is all these talk about Hadoop and Big Data? How many 'O' are in Hadoop? Are there opportunities for Web Technologists to play a role in this ecosystem?

• DevOps, Dockers, and containerization - what does it mean to you as a web technologists?

• Is Digital Marketing == Web Design/Development + Social + Content + SEO + SEM? Or is there more to it?

• Your viewpoint: What are some of the current practices in Web Design and Development? What opportunities might exist for the industry to do things in a better way. What is working and what is not working with current practices.

Deep-dive into Web Technologies discussion

• Is web technologies=HTML+CSS+JavaScript or there is more to it?

• Why do architects and web developers think that CMS is the holy grail of it all for web development?

• How many CMS platforms are out there? And what is the best CMS to use? Why?

• How is that blogging platforms of yester years have become so popular as psuedo-CMS that they are powering nearly 3/4th of the internet in 2015?

• What are some of the drawbacks of today's practices?

• What would an ideal solution look like? Can we conquer the world if built that ideal solution? How big the market would be?

• How are we preparing our workforce of tomorrow? What are we teaching them? Are we teaching/training them the right thing?

And together we will find many many more questions and answers. It won't be a singular view of the world as you would normally see in conferences or corporate presentations, but rather a collection of experiences and wisdom of many. My hope is that these multi-session meetups will help us learn some of the best practices, help identify some new opportunities, allow us to build stronger partnerships and hopefully create some new startups.

I am speculating that these sessions will be divided in one or more segments outlined below.

• For small business-centric website development

• SaaS / startup-centric view - B2C and B2B

• Mid to large size enterprise web application development projects

• Local government to federal government

These sessions won't be limited to PowerPoints, or demos. There may be discussion/expert panels, and very likely require us all to participate in a constructive dialog. We could possibly record these sessions and share them with the world!

Interested in participating? Please RSVP 'Yes' now.

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  • Ketan K.

    Chris (MapR) did great job discussing how Big Data and Hadoop ecosystem are being leveraged across corporate America. Appreciate engaging discussion by everyone present.

    1 · July 13

  • David V.

    Great presentation followed by lively discussion. Several members shared their expertise with Hadoop, Big Data and DevOps adding considerable depth of insights and opinions.

    3 · July 12

  • Mark P.

    The meetup notes I took are in the files section of this site.

    3 · July 12

  • Mark U.

    I agree that the session was good. I personally like the presentation/Q&A/discussion format. I know there was talk of going to a purely discussion format but I think this works, especially for more introverted people. Good information on big data though, it's nice to have the process demystified a little.

    2 · July 12

  • Mark P.

    The discussion about big data was informative.

    2 · July 12

  • Amit S.

    Very informative session.

    3 · July 11

  • Craig C.

    Wonderful gathering tonight. I learned a lot from the various perspectives present in the group.

    2 · July 11

  • Stanton, K.

    good discussion at the end of the meetup.

    July 11

  • Chris S.

    Is the Front End Developer the new Full Stack Developer? The Answers May Shock You!

    1 · March 27, 2015

    • Damian Pound (.

      Still not seeing the problem... Higher level languages make coding easier. When a component can be significantly faster in a lower level language, you don't port the whole project, just the one component that needs a speed boost.

      1 · July 11

    • Damian Pound (.

      Surprisingly, at least to me, Nodejs is faster than Ruby and Python in many cases: http://benchmarksgame...­

      1 · July 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not attending. Time conflict.

    July 11

  • Stanton, K.

    Does anyone have ideas on free hosting services for developers to showcase their work?

    July 11

  • Ketan K.

    Please note: new location, refined meetup title, and work-in-progress meetup description. Thank you!

    1 · July 7

  • JOHN S.

    Trying to understand Hadoop and Big Data. Looking forward to attend.

    July 6

  • Rich

    Yes! Looking forward to it.

    May 3

  • Keith

    Speaking of current practices, what advice would you give to someone coming out of early retirement? A certificate from someplace like New Horizons? Thanks!

    December 3, 2015

  • Jenny M.

    I am very interested in participating in this group! I was active in the old Flash users group, which morphed into Create MN, which is now unfortunately moribund. I would particularly like to discuss how we as Web professionals can help business and government utilize the advantages and avoid the dangers of the ever-changing Internet.

    July 28, 2015

  • Jim Jurewicz: The Brainstorm C.

    Lets pick a date, lets pick three topics so people can commit to each round table prior to meeting. We will pick a table facilitator prior to the meeting.

    If a topic turns out to have a weak following we can change topics prior to the meetup.

    We can do a lot of the work prior to the meetup.

    Let's have a small group meeting with your co-organizers asap.

    1 · March 30, 2015

    • Ketan K.

      Jim, I was down with cold and fever, recovering now. Lets catch up on things on Monday.

      April 3, 2015

    • Ketan K.

      Jim, I am planning on scheduling first part of this meetup for September, and very likely this discussion will continue going into December. I would like to request you and couple other group members to join me in leading these sessions/discussions. More details to follow soon.

      June 18, 2015

  • Stanton, K.

    This is the focus of the meetup openMN: Local government to federal government

    April 2, 2015

  • Jim Jurewicz: The Brainstorm C.


    I applaud your efforts to diversify this group however you are throwing out too many ideas and it is hard to dedicate attention to all your topics and then try to correlate them.

    My suggestion is to offer 3 round table discussions and have each person choose one for a 40 min discussion then have three 8 minute presentations from each round table with overall group discussions. The balance of the time can be networking.

    I will support you on any effort you bring forward.


    1 · March 27, 2015

    • Ketan K.

      Jim, I agree that what I posted was just little bit too much, but I wanted to start the dialog, which has already happened. What I believe could come out of this is... some sort of curriculum for a "pseudo boot camp" on web technologies that focuses on things beyond CMS and basics of HTML and CSS.

      March 29, 2015

    • Ketan K.

      And of course, I also like your suggested format. I will need help from you and others to structure this and make it happen.

      March 29, 2015

  • Mark U.

    Are you thinking a sort-of web development overview discussion? You could break down the sessions into front-end, back-end, ux, analytics, content management and maybe even project management.

    3 · March 27, 2015

    • Jim Jurewicz: The Brainstorm C.

      That's a good thought.

      March 27, 2015

    • Ketan K.

      Very good suggestion. My goal was to start the dialog and let the final outcome take shape from there onwards. Lets talk about how to structure it

      March 29, 2015

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