It's the 2nd Thursday of the month, time to hang out with your fellow web developers!
6:00pm: Arrive, have some pizza and a beverage. Network!
6:30pm: A word from our sponsors
6:40pm: Community announcements
6:50pm: Talk one!
7:15pm: Talk two!
8:00pm: End of program, feel free to hang out for a bit.
8:30pm: Social Hour at a nearby establishment TBD
Observable: The magic notebook for exploring data
by: Amber Hoak
Amber Hoak works at Microsoft Research in Special Projects group. Her work focuses on data management, analysis, and visualization. She presented a Data Visualization workshop at the largest women based technology conference, Grace Hopper Conference, in October with all content hosted on Observable ( https://observablehq.com/@project-essex/d3-workshop ).
Metis: Using Google Sheets as a Makeshift Database for React Apps
by: Ather Sharif
Building web apps using React has become increasingly popular in the past few months. However, considering a short-term project, such as in civic hacking, especially when the clients are non-tech-savvy, the developers can become a bottleneck for updating the website's content. Metis is a Higher-Order Component for React that allows Google Sheets to be used as a makeshift database, enabling non-tech-savvy users to perform content addition, modification, and/or deletion with ease.
In this talk, we'll explore the integration of Google Sheets in a React app using Metis. We'll discuss the use cases of when such an integration could be beneficial as well as scenarios where it would be ill-advised.
Ather is a Ph.D. Student at the University of Washington studying Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility. He is also a Software Engineer at Comcast, and Founder and Researcher at EvoXLabs. Ather is a civic hacker and was the 2015 Philadelphia's Geek of the Year.
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