Class Is In Session! What I've Learned From My Students

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 6:30pm

Those who can, do. Those who can do better, teach. The best thing Dylan McDonald could do for himself as a software developer was to teach web development. Contrary to popular belief, the influence of academia has significantly raised the quality of the code he writes both for his students and his own purposes. This talk will be a fun and compassionate exploration of this road to better code.

Your Survey Responses

Hello comerades,

Thank you so much for participating in our 2014 End-of-Year Survey! We'd like to share a summary of answers, for discussion and for benchmarking, and to share our reactions to them.

We had some technical difficulties - we were limited to 10 questions per survey by our SurveyMoney free plan and so had to compile 3 surveys on to one page. We got 11 answers to the first survey and 4 to each of the subsequent two. Oh well. We'll use a different solution for the next round.

OK off we go.

  • You, on average, attended 4 sessions.

3D Graphics In Yo Browser! Fun With WebGL

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 6:30pm

Playing 3D games and animations inside your browser is nothing new, but it could only be accomplished through the use of proprietary plugins.  Then WebGL came along, allowing for 3D graphics inside the browser with absolutely no plugins, using ordinary javascript alongside shader language code, ushering in a wave of web-based minecraft clones, interactive music videos, and data-visualization with a whole new dimension of presentational capability.

From Small to Kinda-Big: How to grow your hosting!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 6:30pm

Oban Lambie, owner of Brownrice Internet, will give you a "gloves-off" description of how he grew his one-man development shop into a nearly $1 million per-year hosting and data center operation.  It wasn't easy, it wasn't fast, and its not over!  Oban will cover everything from money, to hackers, to what's great (and what sucks) about hosting.  In the end you'll know how Brownrice went from tiny to kinda-big while competing on a national level from the Internet backwaters of Taos, NM.

Beyond DevTools: Debugging by Proxy

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 6:30pm

You know your way inside and out when it comes to DevTools in all the browsers. You understand the network waterfall and can hunt down memory leaks with the best of them. However, you're hitting some sporadic issues on mobile, but you can't reliably reproduce them. Perhaps you've got some minified code in production and you'd really like to just replace it for debugging with unbuilt code, but you don't want to actually put your unbuilt app into production.

Single Page Apps with Backbone.js & Chaplin.js for fun and profit

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Part 2 of Damon Toal-Rossi's foray into advanced Javascript.

Page refreshes are so 2013. Actually, single-page applications (SPAs) have been around for years, but we've entered an era of solid frameworks for building client-side applications. Join us as we explore Backbone.js, a library that provides models, collections and views, and Chaplin.js, a framework for Backbone.js.

July 2014 - Celebrations

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 6:00pm


This month we are doing our annual Drink Up. It's different from the original Happy Hour that happens on the third Wednesday of the month because a) This one is annual and 2) This one is on the first Wednesday of July. Come join us in celebration of all things that should be celebrated. Please RSVP at the link below.

Community Show and Tell

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

On June's agenda, we have you! Yes, you! Sign up for a spot on our Community Show and Tell roster or join us in the lounge to hear short presentations from your colleagues about what they've been up to recently. 

We're planning for a variety of topics including around recent web projects including web sites, software, apps, add-ons, and more from some of ABQ's top organizations and people.


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