HTML5 Apps w/o a server, React, and Ajax

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This month, we have three talks.

React and React Native by Mayank Patel (

Most people know React as a fast JavaScript rendering library, but is much more than that. React Native enables JavaScript developers develop IOS applications which use has native UI. Lets meet together, and learn more about React & React Native.

Live Updating DOM Elements w/o a framework by Rose Weixel (

As a beginner web developer with only Rails and Javascript in my toolbox, I wanted to make a social network with live notifications that don't require a page refresh. This talk goes through my first (flawed) attempts at making this work, and how I figured out how to use Ajax to compare elements on the front end with data on the back end to create an intelligently updating page.

Building HTML5 Apps without a server using Ember.js & Firebase by Brendan OHara (

Brendan OHara will walk us through building a full featured chat app without a dedicated server using Ember.js, Firebase, Firebase Hosting, Twilio and Filepicker. This will leverage the world of API based services available to HTML5 app developers and will give a glimpse into where in the stack HTML5 developers add the most value.

7:00 - 7:30 PM Pizza

7:30 - 8:45 PM Talks + questions

8:45 - Discussion at TDB