Holiday Shenanigans 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

We're not sure how many years we have been doing this now. It seems this could be the 10th if you count previous iterations of this group. But once again it is that time to celebrate the holiday of your choice with a White Elephant Gift Exchange. Bring a small gift and we'll put your name in some kind of random generator (probably a hat) and you get to pick a gift. Don't like the gift, you can "steal" a previously picked gift. Don't worry if you are picked first, as first person gets to steal from the lot. It'll be fun!

Build Your Own NPM Packages

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Do you want to speed up your development time in JavaScript? Are you copying and pasting helper methods from one project to another? Why not start writing your own NPM packages to easily include reusable code from one project to another? Learn how in this talk.

About the Speakers:
Jay Renteria and Eric Debelak are developers at 11 Online. They spend much of their time writing in React.

How Do I Talk Even

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Giving talks at events can be hard. It doesn't matter if it's a five-minute Ignite talk, an hour-long conference presentation, or a multi-hour workshop, talks are work. They're also an incredibly way not just to share your knowledge, but to improve yourself and your community. Let's talk about how to get started, and how to make your talk the best it can be.

Secure Messaging

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 6:30pm

With an even more connected world, the need for privacy is growing. This is especially true considering recent events in the political sphere. Come learn how to easily secure your communications and leave with secure apps in hand.

About the Speaker:
Dylan is the instructor of the Deep Dive Coding bootcamp at CNM. He has been in IT for 18 years and teaching in some capacity for 8 years. He loves JavaScript, PHP, Java, and free beers from WebGeeks attendees.


2017 Show and Tell

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

It's time for our annual Show & Tell. Our line up so far is:

  • Dylan McDonald: Wat is {} + {}
  • Mark Casias: A11y Style Guide.
  • Alonso Indacochea: Code for ABQ
  • Michael Harrison: How hard could it be? and other famous last words.

Casting to create your dream team

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Happiness team at Automattic, the team responsible for growing the team of support professionals for WooCommerce,, and the Jetpack family of products, believes that the people we add to our team shape and shift the culture of our company as we grow. We have developed a process to identify very best support people who will excel in the work we do and contribute to our unique culture.

Vagrant debugging with xdebug

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7:30pm

Setting up a "real" debugger and stepping through the live PHP code can be an invaluable tool, but if you've never set it up before, it can be very ... non-trivial.  There are quite a few steps involved.  Once you do it a few times, it's not too big a deal, but setting it up the first time can be daunting.

"Alexa, make me a green chile breakfast burrito"

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

"Okay, you're a green chile breakfast burrito. Is there anything else I can help you with?"
– Alexa

Have an Amazon Echo? Is Alexa not as "skilled" as you'd like her to be? Short of teaching her to make a burrito, if there's something you like her to better assist you with, why not create your own skill? We'll cover the technologies involved, Alexa's interaction model, and create a basic Alexa skill.

2016 Holiday Shenanigans

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Once again we celebrate whatever celebration you choose to celebrate by gathering together. No presentation this month but we will once again attempt to do a white elephant gift exchange. Bring something tech related, wrapped, and we'll draw straws to see who picks first. As people pick, you get a chance to 'steal' from a previously picked gift. Hope to see you all there.


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