July 15th Meetup – 7:30 PM – Lightning Talks

Hey Austin Javascripters, this month’s meetup is gonna bring that ~*~* variety *~*~. Here are a few talks that we’ve got lined up already:

We’ve still got some time though, so feel free to come with an idea, and we’ll work everyone in!

We’re back at our normal spot, Frog Design.

Big thanks to our sponsors this month, The Bidding Network, a top-flight staffing firm based right here in Austin. If you enjoy the pizza and drinks, make sure to tell them thanks. And of course, if you’re looking for a job you should talk to them. You won’t find a better recruiter in Austin!

  • When: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 from 7:30-9:30 PM.
  • Where: Frog Design – 101 West 6th Street – 2nd Floor
  • How: Parking is on the street, or you can bus, bike, rollerblade, segway, or walk yourself down there and just not worry about it.
  • Drinks and pizza will be provided.

Afterwards, the discussion carries on a few blocks away at The Gingerman, where they have over 70 beers on tap.

If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Aaron (@aaronj1335).  Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter: @AustinJS

June 17th Meetup – 7:30 PM – Jared Stilwell

What up Austonians, it’s Austin JS time again! Come join us at Spredfast (formerly Mass Relevance, note the location change) for another meetup. We’ll hear from local web builder Jared Stilwell about “Complexity Metrics and You.” What are complexity metrics? Great question!

The code works. Your linter and test cases are happy. But, you feel the code could be cleaner. Where do you start? Complexity metrics can lead the way. Using a combination of measurement techniques, the process of finding rough edges in your codebase and tracking improvements becomes much easier. We’ll cover several common metrics, the landscape of existing tools for JavaScript, and how they can be used to guide refactoring.

Tonight our sponsor is an awesome startup from right here in Austin. HuBoard gives you instant project management built right on top of what you’re already using for your project, GitHub. Check out their app online, and make sure to tell them thanks for covering the pizza and drinks this month!

Instant project management for GitHub repositories

  • When: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 from 7:30-9:30 PM.
  • Where: Spredfast (formerly Mass Relevance) – 8th and Brazos – through the 8th street entrance and to the right
  • How: Parking is on the street, or you can bus, bike, rollerblade, segway, or walk yourself down there and just not worry about it.
  • Drinks and pizza will be provided.

Afterwards, the discussion carries on a few blocks away at The Gingerman, where they have over 70 beers on tap.

If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Aaron (@aaronj1335).  Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter: @AustinJS

May 20th Meetup – 7:30 PM – Steve Stedman and Alex Sexton

We’re back with another AustinJS! We’ll be hearing a couple of talks again this month. First up, Steve Stedman (@stedman) will be doling out some knowledge on LESS, a popular CSS preprocessor implemented in Javascript. Next Alex Sexton (@SlexAxton) will teach us about X11 colors (wha?!!??) and how they’ve impacted the web.

Our sponsor this month is Hudl. Come tell them thanks for buying the pizza and drinks, and if you happen to be looking for a job, let them know in person or checkout their open positions!

Hudl: we help coaches and athletes win with video

  • When: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 from 7:30-9:30 PM.
  • Where: Frog Design – 101 West 6th Street – 2nd Floor
  • How: Parking is on the street, or you can take any number of buses to get downtown.
  • Drinks and pizza will be provided.

Afterwards, the discussion carries on a few blocks away at The Gingerman, where they have over 70 beers on tap.

If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Aaron (@aaronj1335).  Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter: @AustinJS

April 15th Meetup – 7:30 PM – Charles Lowell

Hold on to your butts, it’s AustinJS time. Not only will we hear from local hero Charles Lowell (@cowboyd) about “The Power of M,” but we’re also hosting a special guest from Google that will tell us about the future of the web platform, web components!

Whether you’re using a full fledged MVC framework. or just spicing up your UX with a single special interaction, it’s the “M” and only the “M” that is the key creating powerful user experiences. To demonstrate this principle in action, we’ll first create an in-memory model of what a color is, and then use it to build an interactive 3D color chooser. Sound hard? Not when we harness the Power of M. In this talk, we’ll track the building of an interactive, 3D color chooser that contains interactive visualizations of both the RGB Space (a cube), and the HSL Space (a cylinder).

Charles has been delivering bullet-proof software for over 18 years. An avid contributor to open source, he develops, speaks, and teaches on a range of programming topics. In 2005, he founded the Frontside in order to help businesses deliver game-changing interfaces to their customers. Also, he really, really, really, really likes to code. Really.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! Web components are an important part of the future of the web, so when we heard that Rob Dodson (@rob_dodson) was going to be in town, we invited him to come tell us more about them. Rob is a Google developer advocate that specializes in this area, so we’re looking forward to learning from him about web components and Google’s polyfill/framework Polymer.

AustinJS is sponsored this month by the web chefs over at Four Kitchens. Be sure to let them know you appreciate their support, and if you’re a developer looking for a job, check out careers at Four Kitchens or chat with one of their engineers at the meetup.

Four Kitchens: Big ideas for the web

  • When: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 from 7:30-9:30 PM.
  • Where: Frog Design – 101 West 6th Street – 2nd Floor
  • How: Parking is on the street, or you can take any number of buses to get downtown.
  • Drinks and pizza will be provided.

Afterwards, the discussion carries on a few blocks away at The Gingerman, where they have over 70 beers on tap.

If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Aaron (@aaronj1335).  Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter: @AustinJS