June Meeting: Joomla 3.0 Update: There is No Spoon & Backbone.js: Get Out of the Generic Aisle

When: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 7:00PM
Where: Bucketworks - 706 South 5th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204

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Joomla 3.0: There Is No Spoon

Victor Drover

Focus on the challenges facing Joomla from a perspective of the administrative user interface. Following a brief comparison of the recent user interface changes in Mambo/Joomla and WordPress, Victor will summarize where Joomla is headed for the next iteration of the publishing platform, Joomla 3.0.

The presentation will be heavy on ‘eye-candy’ for Joomla 3.0 — due in September 2012 — and will describe the challenges and opportunities for end users, site implementors, designers and add-on developers.

About Victor

Victor is the Founder and CEO of Anything Digital, a well-known Joomla development shop based in Sussex, Wisconsin. His portfolio boasts some of the most popular add-ons for Joomla including SEO and calendaring tools such as sh404SEF and JCal Pro, respectively.

Victor is also a volunteer in the Joomla project and serves/has served on numerous committees including the Joomla Extensions team that manages the official directory for Joomla add-ons and and more recently the Joomla Events team. He has helped organize the J and Beyond international developer conference since January 2011 — including the May 2012 event in Germany — and co-organizes the local Joomla User Group Milwaukee held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.


Backbone.js: Get Out of the Generic Aisle

Arlen Walker & Rob Martin

Arlen Walker (@arlen) and Rob Martin (@version2beta) will present Backbone.js as a tool to take your typical canned widget functionality a step further, and set your work apart from the masses.

Backbone.js is a client-side JavaScript framework, but who really cares about that? What's important is what you can do with it. Arlen and Rob will live code (ooh, scary!) a Twitter widget demonstrating backbone's ability to easily acquire, process and present arbitrary data from diverse sources.

About Arlen & Rob

Rob and Arlen worked on their first project together over two decades ago - they just didn't know it at the time. It was the 1992 Solar and Electric Vehicle Association race. Arlen was on the battery team, and Rob was on the embedded controls team, and the car won first place. Today, Arlen programs under his own flag, Paladin Web Services, and Rob is top devops person at Top Floor Technologies.

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WordCamp Milwaukee - June 2 & 3, 2012

WordCamp Milwaukee

The Web414 organizers are proud to be assisting in planning the first ever WordCamp Milwaukee, dedicated to the WordPress CMS platform. This great event will feature two days full of WordPress learning along with t-shirts, schwag, lunch, and a killer after-party for attendees.

WordCamp Milwaukee will take place June 2 & 3 at a place you are all familiar with, Bucketworks, the same place we host our Web414 meetings. There will be local and national speakers talking about a wide range of topics on WordPress, plus an unconference portion where anyone can discuss any topic.

Tickets for the conference are only $20 in advance, but we have a special offer for Web414 members. We will give you 25% off of your tickets. That will bring your ticket down to only $15!

It's a simple three-step process:

  1. Go to:
  2. Use the coupon code: web414
  3. Save money, learn new things, and have a great time!

Make the Transition: Traditional Design to the Web - Web414 May Meeting

When: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 7:00PM
Where: Bucketworks - 706 South 5th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204

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Are you a traditional designer or design student and are looking to jump start your path to working with the web? We will have a presentation from designers who are experienced in doing just that. Join us to learn how to design for the web, when your background had been in the traditional print format.

Mark Fairbanks (@MarkFairbanks) of Translator

Mark is the cofounder of Translator, an ideation lab and experience design firm.

Along with Cindi Thomas, he helps lead design thinking, brand strategy development and creative execution for both established companies and start-ups alike. He is also a cofounder of two other startups through the Translator Lab program: Shindig, the first crowd-powered event booking platform, and Meet•Meme, the first social media trading card.

His presentation "Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable" traces his transition from a veteran of traditional advertising/design agencies to embracing digital technology platforms and the connection economy.

Irina Becker (@IrinaBecker) - Creatage, Inc.

Irina is Senior Art Director at a marketing agency, Creatage. She focuses on the conception and design of high end websites, rich internet applications, banners and direct mail.

Irina Becker will talk about what you need to know when transitioning from print to web, and will also share a few tips and resources she finds helpful.

Sponsored by C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions

May's meetup is proudly sponsored by C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions. They will be providing Pizza and Drinks for the event. Check out C2 for training and freelance opportunities at

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Web Developer in the PHP Mold

We are looking for PHP programmer to join our team. Not just any team, though. We work hard and have fun doing it. We love making money, just as everyone else does, but we're truly passionate about what we do and we're looking to add to that with another web developer to help us execute awesomeness.

Other points to make:

  • LAMP
  • OOP
  • HTML, CSS, JQuery, and all those expected things

If you're interested, please contact me at / 262-338-3700 ext. 11 (office) / 262-271-0317 (cell)

SEO Discussion... How to Keep Your Web Clients Happy - Web414 April

When: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 7:00PM
Where: Bucketworks - 706 South 5th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204

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This month we will focus the discussion on how to provide SEO services to your clients.

* What are the important metrics to report?
* How do you monitor and communicate progress?
* What are the best tools to automate reporting?
* How do I keep my clients happy?

All of these questions and more will be answered at this meetup event.

Note: this will not be a how-to on SEO, it will be about the business and reporting of SEO to clients.

Rachel Howe (Top Floor Technologies) and Scott Offord (Orion Group) are very excited to be discussing how you can implement new processes that could improve the quality of SEO services and level of communication you have with you own clients.

Space is limited. RSVP online to secure your spot now.


April's Web414 meetup is proudly sponsored by ProStaff Technical Resources and Mark Boeder.  Mark will be providing food and beverages and will be on hand to discuss opportunities in the development field that his staffing firm has available.


ProStaff Technical Resources
We get IT Staffing!  The Right IT Resources at the Right Time

Mark Boeder - @markboeder - Director Capture Management and Recruiting at ProStaff Technical Resources

  1. 17 years of information technology staffing industry experience in Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois
  2. Mark gets Technical Candidates and their concerns when seeking new Contract or Permanent Positions
  3. Mark works with high quality candidates across the Software Development Life Cycle on multiple platforms
  4. He does it with focus, passion and dedication to his craft

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Joomla Jedi Needed

Hello people of earth. This is Jeff. I run a small design studio called (wait for it) Ganger Design. It's basically a 1099 sort of business, which has worked well in this post-2008 economy. We contract with developers, copywriters, designers, entrepreneurs and other folks in the idea industry. Enough about that. I have a Joomla project that needs a developer. It's a new site for a client. Nothing huge, mostly a brochure site. Launch date is in mid-May. I need someone who's got skillz, is trustworthy, and gets shit done on time, along with reasonable talent, manageable ego, and good character.

Interested? Give me a shout or drop me a line. We'll meet and talk about your portfolio of work, the nature of this project, budgets, tasks, expectations, etc. This could be the start of an exciting opportunity if this goes well.

I'd love to collaborate with someone on a longer-term basis, because work keeps flowing in. Who knows? We might become the Milwaukee interactive equivalent of Modern Dog or House Industries.

Wait, did I promise too much there? No matter. Let's talk about this thing.

Ganger Design

161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Grand Avenue Mall
Plankinton Building, second floor
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Office : 414 455 6571 ::

Internet Security: Protect Your Devices, Your Websites & Yourself - Web414 March

When: Thursday, March 8, 2012
Where: Bucketworks - 706 South 5th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204

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Security issues online hit the news every day.  How do you keep yourself and your web projects from becoming a victim of poor security measures?  In this month's Web414 meeting you will learn security issues and best practices that Developers, Sysadmins, or anyone working with the web should be aware of.

The format will start with short talks by four professionals working directly with security issues.  Following their short presentations they will be available in a Panel-style Q&A discussion.

Dan Walters and dc414 will be showing off and describing the Wall of Sheep, a demonstration of poor internet security. Described as "This comes straight from the DEFCON event where users can pluginto a switch and passively sniff any traffic on the local network. From there, users submit insecure credentials going against the wire to the Wall of Sheep.  This is essentially a list of usernames and passwords (passwords would be masked) and shown to the public.  It's a demonstration meant to educate and provoke security online."

Topics to Expect:

  • SSL, CSRF, XSS, SQLI: Learn to crack the code
  • Apache Security
  • Wordpress and CMS Security
  • ...and more

The Panel:

  • The1T3
  • Ngharo
  • Clint Laskowski
  • Dan Walters
  • Panel moderator: Dustin Filippini

This month's sponsor is OpenDNS.  They will be providing the group with Pizza to keep our stomachs secure from hunger.  They have also provided some OpenDNS schwag that we will be giving out at the event.

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Intro to Responsive Design - Web414 February Meeting

Day: Thursday, February 9,2010
Time: 7pm-9pm
Where: Bucketworks, 706 S 5th St, Milwaukee WI

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Smartphones and laptops and tablets... oh my! These days people are viewing the web on all types of devices. How do you keep up and make your site look best on all of these platforms, screen sizes, and resolutions?

Responsive Design to the rescue! Responsive Design is an approach that says your design and development should respond to the screen size, platform, and orientation of your device.

James Conway of C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions will join us to introduce responsive design and help us understand if it can solve our problems.

Examples of Responsive Design and the kinds of problems it solves
Some problems it introduces - responsive design vs redirect to mobile version of site vs fluid layouts
Mobile First as a design option
Media queries as the heart of responsive design - basic demo showing the simple mechanics
Flexible images - basic overview and demo
Flexible type - basic overview and demo
Flexible grids - basic overview and demo
Combining techniques for real world use - demo
What to do about IE6, IE7 & IE8
We would also like to give some show & tell time at the end of the presentation. So if you have a recent project using Responsive Design, we'd love to have you!

You can whet your appetite for Responsive Design by viewing the great set of examples at

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Milwaukee WordPress Meetup on Security

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 7:00 PM

C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions, LLC
222 E. Erie Street, Suite 330, Milwaukee, WI

We will be discussing WordPress security... ways to make your website safe from hackers. There are many useful plugins and a few best practices you should follow to help secure your Wordpress site. We even found some interesting paid services made just for Wordpress that help to scan and secure your website on a continual basis.

We are looking for more presenters/speakers for this topic. Contact me if you are interested in helping out.

Skype: offordscott
Google Talk:
AIM/AOL: offordscottchina
Yahoo: offord_scott

RSVP today to secure your spot at this meetup (space IS limited).

Freelance Mockup to Wordpress Code Converters Needed

This is Jon Knebel from Milwaukee SEO Company ( I have been establishing an SEO company that will also offer full-service web design. The team currently consists of me and 1 subcontracting graphic designer.

We will be in need of someone who can convert the mockups that the graphic designer creates into code, and then into a Wordpress template, and help to create the website.

Currently, I am the one doing this conversion, but my time will be better spend doing website marketing and sales. My point in saying this, however, is that I will be helpful with the conversion process, and be able to pick up where you leave off if you don't want to maintain long-term involvement with the company.

Please leave a comment or visit the contact form on our website to let me know if you'd like to discuss the opportunities ahead.

This is for a sub-contracting position--not employment--therefore, you are free to designate your own rates and hours and location of work. We are based out of Bucketworks.

-Jon Knebel

Adobe Flash Developer Wanted

C2 seeks an Adobe Flash Builder developer that could convert a Flex 3.5 application to one that would run on the iPad. (There is no live data involved.)

Please respond ASAP if you're capable, available and interested, rate is competitive.

Random Acts of Kindness Global Hackathon

This weekend the Random Hacks of Kindness global hackathon will be taking place at Bucketworks (as well as in 34 other cities around the globe!).

This event aims to bring together experts on real world social problems with hackers, designers, programmers, scientists and world-saving enthusiasts to build technology which solves these problems. The main focus will be on water and disaster management issues, but anything that helps make the world a better place is fair game!

The festivities kickoff with a pre-party at Open MiKE (in the Grand Ave Mall) on Friday at 5:30pm, which will feature beer from Big Bay Brewing Company and a tasting from the Great Lakes Distillery.

Lunch, team building and the problem presentations will begin on Saturday at 12:30pm. Hacking will commence at 2pm on Saturday and finish at 2pm on Sunday, 24 hours later. You are free to come and go as you please, there is no requirement to hack for 24 hours straight, but the space will be available to you if you choose to use it.

Meals will be provided through out! Prizes will be awarded to teams for best water solution, best disaster solution, best design and a sponsored challenge from WaterTech USA.

For more information and to register, please visit this URL:

And before the hackathon begins on Saturday, there will be a mobile application building workshop held at Open MiKE from 9:30am to 12:00pm:

Hope to see you there!

Bucketworks presents: SAFE

Safe from Bucketworks on Vimeo.

In the middle of Bucketworks is a safe. What's inside? We have no idea, but we're about to find out.

November 4th at 7pm, DC414 will crack the case when Bucketworks presents: SAFE

Watch the video above for the lowdown.

Web414 October Meeting

Thusday October 13, 2011 - 7:00pm-9:00pm

Enjoy the great warm indoors at the October meeting of Web414. This month’s main session will feature an informative social media debate in the style of Shelby Sapusek and Jim Raffel of She Said He Said.

Shelby and Jim have developed an ever-growing list of topics that apply directly or indirectly to social media, marketing and communication. These are topics that occupy a large percentage of their working days. Normally, they publish about three topics that will be addressed, then one of one of them selects a topic from the list and throws it out to the other for an opinion. Next, the originator of the topic responds and they go back and forth a bit. Anyone participating in the #shehechat is, of course, encouraged to jump into the conversation. The conversation is normally spirited and often sparks ideas for future #shehechat topics. Learn more about She Said, He Said by visiting

Also on the October agenda, James Carlson, director of BucketWorks, recently attended the 2011 Chaos Communication Camp in Finowfurt, Germany. James has volunteered to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to share his exciting experience with us. Chaos Communication Camp is an international, five-day open-air event for hackers and associated life-forms. It provides a relaxed atmosphere for free exchange of technical, social, and political ideas. You can learn more about Chaos Communications Camp by visiting

Last, but not least, Clint Laskowski will give an informative presentation on developing a web project using various prototyping tools (Balsamiq, JustinMind, etc.).

BucketWorks is located on S. 5th Street, just north of National Avenue. As always, admission is free, and there's plenty of free street parking after 6pm. Come down and join us, we look forward to seeing you there!

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