April 21st Meetup – 7:30 PM – Tara Vancil

Are you finally recovered from SXSW and ready. for. some. JavaScript?! Well, you’re in luck: this Tuesday, Austin local Tara Vancil is giving us a clinic on JavaScript crypto. Please don’t tell the NSA.

Animated gif of Whistler from Sneakers

The web hosts a large portion of the world’s new cryptographic tools, and the debate about whether JavaScript is up to the challenge carries on. Tara will discuss how JavaScript plays an important role in developing some of the best crypto tools out there, explain some situations in which it just doesn’t cut it, and show some examples of both.

Tara is an independent front end developer who cares a lot about Internet freedom and building free and open-source tools that help users secure their online communications. She thinks the Axolotl ratchet protocol (used by TextSecure, Signal, and WhatsApp) is especially neat, and will gladly chat your ear off about it.

Drinks and eats are lovingly provided this month by Bocoup.


Bocoup logo

As always, thank you Frog for graciously hosting. You folks are great.

  • When: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 from 7:30-9:00 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.
  • Code of Conduct

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) or Lon (@lawnsea).  Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter: @AustinJS

January 20th Meetup – 7:30 PM – Rebecca Murphey

Hey happy New Year Austin! Let’s celebrate by getting together and talking about 3rd party JavaScript.

aw snap third party js party

So who’s gonna emcee this rager? None other than the venerable Rebecca Murphey (@rmurphey). Get ready to hear some harrowing-ass tales of running code on other people’s sites, from one of the largest 3rd party JavaScript deployments out there.

Rebecca Murphey is a staff software engineer at Bazaarvoice, where she leads a team that shepherds third-party JavaScript application development across the organization. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of code organization and best practices at various JavaScript conferences, including Front-End Ops Conf, the 2014 jQuery Conference in San Diego, JSConf US 2013, JSConf US 2011, JSConf EU 2010, Full Frontal 2012, Fronteers 2012, and many others. She lives in Austin, TX, with her partner, their son, and their dog. She blogs at rmurphey.com.

Drinks and eats are provided this month by Amazon.com, Inc. You may have heard of this Seattle based e-retailer, but you may not have heard that they’re hiring for positions at their Austin office! If the idea of working on the world’s 6th largest website is interesting to you, come talk to one of the Amazon folks at the meetup. You can also apply online.

As always, thank you Frog for graciously hosting. You folks are great.

  • When: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 from 7:30-9:00 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

Austin Web Bash 2014

Our good friends at Refresh are hosting the Austin Web Bash Tuesday December 9th. This is an opportunity for folks from across different meetups in Austin to hang out. Even better, proceeds from the event go towards the Keep Austin Beautiful organization!

Come join us next Tuesday!

October 21st Meetup – 7:30 PM – Dan DeFelippi

We’ve got another ~*super rad*~ meetup next Tuesday, October 21st. Local favorite Dan DeFelippi (@expertdan) is going to educate us on building mobile apps with Cordova (the open-source engine behind PhoneGap). Aside from being a proper geek and hacker, Dan is a co-founder of local bike rental and bike share app Spokefly.

Many thanks to the good folks at Frog for hosting us again. And thank you, Bazaar Voice, for covering the drinks and pizza. If you’re looking for a job or just want to express your deep-seated love and appreciation for anyone kind enough to give you pizza, talk to one of the folks in a BV t-shirt or reach out online.

  • When: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 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