• Finding a boss that swears & CSS Grid at July's Staffs Web Meetup

    Join us for July's Staffs Web Meetup. Callum is giving a talk about his experience job hunting and how he found the right company. Kirsty will take us on a most excellent adventure exploring how to use CSS grid in a production environment. All our events are free to attend, with food and drink provided. We welcome both newcomers and existing members. Come along and join us! ⏱ SCHEDULE 6:00pm - 7:00pm People arrive. Food, drink and chat. 7:00pm - 7:30pm Finding a boss that swears Callum Booth (https://twitter.com/showerg3l) Talking about my experiences with job hunting and how I found the right company for me. Going into reasons why I left my previous company, the approach that I took, some of the challenges I faced and ultimately why I accepted the job I currently have. 7:30pm - 8:00pm CSS Grid - A Most Excellent Adventure Kirsty Burgoine (https://twitter.com/KirstyBurgoine) The CSS Grid specification is one of the most exciting additions to CSS, pretty much ever. And, much like Bill & Ted’s music did, it has the potential to create a “web” utopia in the future. Kirsty will take you on a most excellent adventure exploring how to use CSS GRID in a production environment. Taking a tour of some of the new properties and units now available in the GRID Specification, how to create complex layouts and ensuring it is not a bogus journey by explaining some of the gotcha’s and how to get around them. By the end, hopefully you will agree that CSS Grid really is Excellent and having a deep understanding of it will empower you to build truly flexible themes! 8:00pm - 8:15pm Break, chat & drink! 8:15pm - 9:00pm Open Discussion Hosted by George Wilde & Natasha Wylie Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/), a fast-paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, people post questions or topics. People vote and then we discuss them, most popular first. 9:00pm - 9:15pm Raffle 🙏 SPONSORS Thanks to our sponsors – Dataflexnet (https://www.dataflexnet.com/staffswebmeetup), Codeweavers (https://codeweavers.net), VesselsValue (https://www.vesselsvalue.com) and Kanuka Digital (https://www.kanukadigital.com). 😋 FOOD/DIETARY REQUIREMENTS Each meetup has a buffet, including vegetarian and vegan options. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance. 🤔 OTHER INFORMATION There's lots of free parking on the Entrust site. We're a short walk from the town centre and train station. Entrust is accessible by wheelchair. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available. Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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  • Angular Fundamentals and Building a Race Timing System with JS

    Join us for June's Staffs Web Meetup. George is giving a talk on building modern web apps with Angular and Rob is detailing a race timing system built with JavaScript. All our events are free to attend, with food and drink provided. We welcome both newcomers and existing members. Come along and join us! ⏱ SCHEDULE 6:00pm - 7:00pm People arrive 7:00pm - 7:45pm Angular Fundamentals - How to Build Modern Web Apps George Wilde (https://twitter.com/MrGeorgeWilde) George will walk us through the fundamentals of the Angular framework. We'll cover everything you need to know to build your first Angular app. We'll see how an app is structured, how components talk to each other, what a service is, how routing works and how to collect data with forms. Whether you're new to Angular, or just want to check you're doing things the best way, this talk will fast-track you to building great Angular apps. 7:45pm - 8:00pm Timekeeping with JS at the beach Rob Wells (https://twitter.com/FraggleBob) JavaScript is not known for its brilliant abilities to keep time, so it's probably not best suited to timing motorsport. In this talk Rob will explain some of problems he faced in building an offline application to time Vintage Hot Rods on Pendine Sands. The seventh annual running of the Hot Rod Races is happening over the weekend of 15th and 16th June. To find out more, visit http://www.vhra.co.uk/VHRA/Pendine_Sands.html 8:00pm - 8:15pm Break, chat & drink! 8:15pm - 9:00pm Open Discussion Hosted by Trevor Adams/George Wilde Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/), a fast-paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, people post questions or topics. People vote and then we discuss them, most popular first. 9:00pm - 9:15pm Raffle 🙏 SPONSORS Thanks to our sponsors – Dataflexnet (https://www.dataflexnet.com/staffswebmeetup), Codeweavers (https://codeweavers.net), VesselsValue (https://www.vesselsvalue.com) and Kanuka Digital (https://www.kanukadigital.com). 😋 FOOD/DIETARY REQUIREMENTS Each meetup has a buffet, including vegetarian and vegan options. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance. 🤔 OTHER INFORMATION There's lots of free parking on the Entrust site. We're a short walk from the town centre and train station. Entrust is accessible by wheelchair. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available. Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

  • JS Design Patterns & Writing Website Specifications at May's Staffs Web Meetup

    Join us for May's Staffs Web Meetup. We have lightning talks on JavaScript design patterns and writing website specifications followed by our open discussion session. All our events are free to attend, with food and drink provided. We welcome both newcomers and existing members. Come along and join us! ⏱ SCHEDULE 6:00pm - 7:00pm People arrive 7:00pm - 7:20pm JavaScript design patterns - a case study Elliot Evans (https://twitter.com/EIIiotEvans) When creating a solution for a problem it can be challenging to put all the pieces together, this presentation will showcase how implementation of some design patterns helped overcome this hurdle. 7:20pm - 8:00pm Writing effective website specification documents Mark Wilkinson (https://twitter.com/WPMark) Do you want to set your website project up for success? Do you want to avoid any costly surprises along the way? Of course, you do. A thorough, focused web specification document will keep your web project running smoothly and, most importantly, will give you the best to chance of delivering a project that meets the goals of your visitors and your business. In this talk, Mark will outline the key parts of an effective website specification and why they’re important. 8:00pm - 8:15pm Break, chat & drink! 8:15pm - 8:45pm Open Discussion Hosted by Trevor Adams/George Wilde Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/), a fast-paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, people post questions or topics. People vote and then we discuss them, most popular first. 8:45pm - 9:00pm Raffle 🙏 SPONSORS Thanks to our sponsors – Codeweavers (https://codeweavers.net), VesselsValue (https://www.vesselsvalue.com) and Kanuka Digital (https://www.kanukadigital.com). 😋 FOOD/DIETARY REQUIREMENTS Each meetup has a buffet, including vegetarian and vegan options. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance. 🤔 OTHER INFORMATION There's lots of free parking on the Entrust site. We're a short walk from the town centre and train station. Entrust is accessible by wheelchair. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available. Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

  • Lightning talks at April's Staffs Web Meetup

    Entrust, Room G05

    Join us for April's Staffs Web Meetup. We have two talks lined up followed by our open discussion session. All our events are free to attend, with food and drink provided. We welcome both newcomers and existing members. Come along and join us! ⏱ SCHEDULE 6pm - 7pm People arrive 7pm - 7:30pm Adventures in building a large SPA Admin Area with Vue.js Andrew McCombe (https://twitter.com/euperia) Building an admin area as a Single Page Application requires a different approach than the traditional route. In this talk Andrew explains some of the architectural and security solutions employed in building a large admin area built with Vue.js and backed with a Laravel API. 7:30pm - 8pm Internet of (art) Things David Perks (https://twitter.com/pdbperks) Artist makers are embracing the opportunities offered by single-board microcontrollers. David will outline some of his experiments with particular emphasis on the ESP8266 wi-fi board. 8pm - 8:20pm Break, chat & drink! 8:20pm - 8:45pm Open Discussion Hosted by Trevor Adams Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/), a fast-paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, people post questions or topics. People vote and then we discuss them, most popular first. 8:45pm - 9pm Raffle 🙏 SPONSORS Thanks to our sponsors – Codeweavers (https://codeweavers.net), VesselsValue (https://www.vesselsvalue.com) and Kanuka Digital (https://www.kanukadigital.com). 😋 FOOD/DIETARY REQUIREMENTS Each meetup has a buffet, including vegetarian and vegan options. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance. 🤔 OTHER INFORMATION There's lots of free parking on the Entrust site. We're a short walk from the town centre and train station. Entrust is accessible by wheelchair. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available. Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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  • Creating a simple 3D game w/ physics and explosions at March's Staffs Web Meetup

    Join us for March's Staffs Web Meetup. We have a guest speaker in for a demo led session on Unity followed by our open discussion session. All our events are free to attend, with food and drink provided. We welcome both newcomers and existing members. Come along and join us! ⏱ SCHEDULE 6pm - 7pm People arrive 7pm - 8:00pm Unity 101 for C# Developers Andy Clarke (https://twitter.com/theMagicWeasel) Recommended by Microsoft for creating mixed reality experiences for the Hololens, Unity has transcended it's beginnings as a cross-platform game engine. So whether you are looking to create a 3D game for mobile, or have your sights set on a virtual reality experience for the Oculus Rift, Unity is a tool you'll want to learn. One surprise for C# developers getting started with Unity is the level of integration with Visual Studio and how simple it is to add C# code to manipulate their Unity creations. In this demo led session we’ll go back to basics with Unity, creating a simple 3D game with realistic physics, textures and explosions. We’ll look at the fantastic Visual Studio integration and how cohesively the two editors work together. Finally we’ll look at a more complex 3D experience and how to use Unity's networking features to allow different users to interact in a 3D world. Keeping the best news for last: Unity is royalty free until you’re earning $100,000. So if you like the idea of becoming wildly rich from making immersive 3D experiences, this is the talk for you! 8:00pm - 8:15pm Break, chat & drink! 8:15pm - 8:45pm Open Discussion Hosted by George Wilde Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/), a fast-paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, people post questions or topics. People vote and then we discuss them, most popular first. 8:45pm - 9pm Raffle 🙏 SPONSORS Thanks to our sponsors – Codeweavers (https://codeweavers.net), VesselsValue (https://www.vesselsvalue.com) and Kanuka Digital (https://www.kanukadigital.com). 😋 FOOD/DIETARY REQUIREMENTS Each meetup has a buffet, including vegetarian and vegan options. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance. 🤔 OTHER INFORMATION There's lots of free parking on the Entrust site. We're a short walk from the town centre and train station. Entrust is accessible by wheelchair. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available. Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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  • CSS grid layout and the power of video at February's Staffs Web Meetup

    Join us for February's Staffs Web Meetup. We have two talks lined up followed by our open discussion session. All our events are free to attend, with food and drink provided. We welcome both newcomers and existing members. Come along and join us! ⏱ SCHEDULE 6pm - 7pm People arrive 7pm - 7:30pm They say a picture speaks a thousand words Martyn Lomax (https://twitter.com/HumanoidLTD) A 20 minute talk about the power of video, covering a brief history of film and how today’s demand and expectation for high quality video content is increasing with the advancement and convergence of online technologies. Popcorn not provided… 7:30pm - 7:45pm Get going with grid Gareth Joyce (https://twitter.com/gazjoy) In this talk I will go through some live demos of CSS grid basics and show how easy it is to get going with CSS grid. 7:45pm - 8:15pm Break, chat & drink! 8:15pm - 8:45pm Open Discussion Hosted by Trevor Adams Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/), a fast-paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, people post questions or topics. People vote and then we discuss them, most popular first. 8:45pm - 9pm Raffle 🙏 SPONSORS Thanks to our sponsors – Codeweavers (https://codeweavers.net), VesselsValue (https://www.vesselsvalue.com) and Kanuka Digital (https://www.kanukadigital.com). 😋 FOOD/DIETARY REQUIREMENTS Each meetup has a buffet, including vegetarian and vegan options. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance. 🤔 OTHER INFORMATION There's lots of free parking on the Entrust site. We're a short walk from the town centre and train station. Entrust is accessible by wheelchair. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available. Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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  • January - Guest Speaker - Elasticsearch: Mining metrics from logs

    Happy New Year! Join us for January's Staffs Web Meetup. This month we have a guest speaker in. Good conversation, free food and drink... and brownies! ⏱ SCHEDULE 6pm - 7pm People arrive 7pm - 7:45pm Elasticsearch: Mining metrics from logs Jonathan Relf (https://twitter.com/jbjon) With an increasing amount of log data from software & systems it can be hard to see the 'wood for the trees'. Big data has a risk of being overwhelming in size and harder to manipulate. Metrics offer us a chance to digest and see trends at a higher level. In this session, you'll learn how features in Elasticsearch has helped Esendex unlock numerical insights in log data & offers advice on finding an efficient combination of both approaches. 7:45pm - 8:15pm Break, chat & drink! 8:15pm - 8:45pm Open Discussion Hosted by George Wilde Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/), a fast-paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, people post questions or topics. People vote and then we discuss them, most popular first. 8:45pm - 9pm Raffle 🙏 SPONSORS Thanks to our sponsors – Codeweavers (https://codeweavers.net), VesselsValue (https://www.vesselsvalue.com) and Kanuka Digital (https://www.kanukadigital.com). 😋 FOOD/DIETARY REQUIREMENTS Each meetup has a buffet, including vegetarian and vegan options. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance. 🤔 OTHER INFORMATION There's lots of free parking on the Entrust site. We're a short walk from the town centre and train station. Entrust is accessible by wheelchair. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available. Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

  • November - Lightning Talks

    Entrust, Room G05

    Join us for November's Staffs Web Meetup. We have two talks lined up. Good conversation, free food and drink... and Christmas cookies! There's lots of free parking on the Entrust site. We're a short walk from the town centre and train station. Thanks to our sponsors – Codeweavers (https://codeweavers.net), VesselsValue (https://www.vesselsvalue.com) and Kanuka Digital (https://www.kanukadigital.com). Schedule --- 6pm - 7pm People arrive 7pm - 7:30pm describe('Front end Testing') Elliot Evans (https://twitter.com/EIIiotEvans) and Matthew Kemp (https://twitter.com/Techmatt101) As a follow up from previous discussions in the meetups Myself and Matt will be going over how and why we unit test front-end code and then go into some live examples of testing. 7:30pm - 8pm The 90 Minute UX Challenge Andy Tindale (https://twitter.com/tyn_typ) A two year journey moving from print to digital design has resulted in the need to learn a host of new tools and a new set of design rules. This talk will look at the process of evolving across design disciplines and how setting timed creative challenges can help to learn new software and best practices when it comes to producing layouts and graphics for screens. 8pm - 8:20pm Break, chat & drink! 8:20pm - 8:45pm Open Discussion Hosted by George Wilde Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/), a fast-paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, people post questions or topics. People vote and then we discuss them, most popular first. 8:45pm - 9pm Raffle Food/dietary requirements --- Each meetup has a buffet, including vegetarian options. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance. Children welcome --- Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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  • October - 4th birthday and lightning talks

    Entrust, Room G05

    It's our 4th birthday! Join us for October's Staffs Web Meetup. We have two talks lined up. Good conversation, free food and drink... and birthday cake! There's lots of free parking on the Entrust site. We're a short walk from the town centre and train station. Thanks to our sponsors – Codeweavers ( https://codeweavers.net ) and Kanuka Digital (https://www.kanukadigital.com). Schedule --- 6pm - 7pm People arrive 7pm - 7:30pm Using DevTools to debug your front-end David Mountford ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidsmountford ) A brief overview of the many ways that DevTools can be used to more efficiently debug issues you may encounter while you're developing. 7:30pm - 8pm CakePHP - An introductory tutorial Trevor Adams (https://twitter.com/TrevorJAdams) "CakePHP makes building web applications simpler, faster, while requiring less code. It is a modern PHP 7 framework offering a flexible database access layer and a powerful scaffolding system." During this session I'll be introducing the CakePHP framework by way of a worked example. This will be of interest to new web developers considering a first framework for applications. It will be of interest to experienced developers, especially those working on server side code and who might inherit an existing application using the framework. 8pm - 8:20pm Break, chat & drink! 8:20pm - 8:45pm Open Discussion Hosted by George Wilde Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/), a fast-paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, people post questions or topics. People vote and then we discuss them, most popular first. 8:45pm - 9pm Raffle Food/dietary requirements --- Each meetup has a buffet, including vegetarian options. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance. Children welcome --- Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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  • 3D Printing & Code Club at September's Staffs Web Meetup

    Join us for September's Staffs Web Meetup. This month, we have two talks lined up. There's lots of free parking on the Entrust site. We're a short walk from the town centre and train station. Thanks to our sponsors – Codeweavers ( https://codeweavers.net ) and Kanuka Digital (https://www.kanukadigital.com). Schedule --- 6pm - 7pm People arrive 7pm - 7:30pm 3D metal printing using modern C++ Cathy French ( https://twitter.com/CathyFrench20 ) Over 30 years since its inception, C++ is still the programming language of choice for applications needing high efficiency and control. Fortunately, new language features and libraries added in the C++11 standard and beyond have made C++ much easier to learn and use, and less error-prone, than it used to be. In this talk I will introduce one such application, Additive Manufacturing (3D metal printing) and its computational challenges, and describe how some of the new (and existing) features of modern C++ can help overcome them. 7:30pm - 8pm Inspiring the next generation through Code Club Tim Wilson (https://twitter.com/timmy666) Code Club is a key educational programme for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, working to help young people learn how to build their ideas with code. Meet Tim Wilson, Midlands Coordinator for Code Club and find out about how Code Clubs have been inspiring children across Staffordshire to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from. Find out about the resources that children use, hear from Code Club volunteers about their experiences of getting involved and what you need to do to get involved as well. 8pm - 8:20pm Break, chat & drink! 8:20pm - 8:45pm Open Discussion Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (http://leancoffee.org/), a fast-paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, people post questions or topics. People vote and then we discuss them, most popular first. 8:45pm - 9pm Raffle Food/dietary requirements --- Each meetup has a buffet, including vegetarian options. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance. Children welcome --- Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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