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

Tonight’s Meetup Location Changed

We’re moving tonight’s meetup location just up the street to Mass Relevance Headquarters at 8th and Brazos. See you there!

February 18th Meetup – 7:30 PM – Garann Means!

This month we’ll be hearing from Garann Means about refactoring big apps!

It would be nice if developers could download a JavaScript framework, plug in the custom logic required for their particular problem, and have a functional, scalable, and reliable application. As any who’s tried can probably tell you, however, it doesn’t work like that. It doesn’t matter if your application has 5000 “pages” or less than 50 – it will eventually become a large application in terms of code, because size of code is not just a measure of the complexity of the app itself, but of its maturity. If you’ve tried taking an app from a minimal set of functionality to something complex enough to cover all the edge cases, you’ve probably done some rewriting.

If you haven’t, it’s your lucky day! We’ll talk about several of the ways you can almost guarantee a rewrite in your app’s future. If, on the other hand, rewrites don’t sound like that much fun to you, we’ll also talk about how to avoid them or at least minimise the risk they present

Garann is a JavaScript and front-end developer. She writes about web technologies and communities on her own blog as well as contributing articles to other technical publications, and is the author of “Node for Front-End Developers” from O’Reilly. She’s taught classes on many of the same topics she writes about, and sometimes organizes events for other developers.

AustinJS is sponsored this month by Mass Relevance, so if you enjoy a slice of pizza or a drink at the meetup then be sure to thank them. Better yet, if you’re a developer looking for a job, check out careers at Mass Relevance or chat with one of their engineers at the meetup.


Mass Relevance

  • When: Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 PM.
  • Where: Frog Design Location changed to Mass Relevance at 8th and Brazos, just up the street.
  • 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

January 21st Meetup – 7:30 PM – PayPal on Node.js

Happy New Year, Austin JavaScriptorians! Hopefully you’re enjoying your 2014 SO MUCH you’ve already broken those pesky resolutions you made a couple of weeks ago.

We’re kicking the new year off with an exciting talk from our friends at PayPal called “Release the Kraken: A Story of Node.js in the Enterprise.” Jeff Harrell and Erik Toth will tell us how PayPal revitalized its tech stack by moving from Java, JSP, and proprietary solutions to a Node.js web application stack with dust.js templating. Developer agility was the primary motivation, but along the way they had to take on enterprise culture and teach people that JavaScript is no longer a “toy,” but a powerful tool to wield. We’ll also take a look at PayPal’s web app framework, Kraken.

Jeff Harrell, Director of Engineering at PayPal, is a JavaScript hacker who’s excited about bringing it and Node.js to large scale organizations. Erik Toth is a Principal Software Engineer at PayPal.

AustinJS is sponsored this month by RetailMeNot. Thank them for their gracious gifts of pizza and drinks, their support of the local JavaScript community, and ask them about their job opportunities (contact).





  • When: Tuesday, January 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 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