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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: http://2012.milwaukee.wordcamp.org/tickets/
  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 c2gps.com.

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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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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 MediaQueri.es

Click here now to RSVP!

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 September - Rackspace Cloud and BarCampMilwaukee6

***PLEASE NOTE - We will be starting the meeting at 6pm this month and finishing at 7:30 to not conflict with the Packers season opener that night***

Join us, as always, at Bucketworks for the September edition of Web414. This month's meeting will be at 6pm on the second Thursday of the month. That means September, 8. We have an exciting show for you this month.

Segment 1 - Rackspace Cloud

Adam Hansen from Rackspace will be joining us to talk Cloud! He will give us an overview of Cloud uses in Small and Medium sized business and web and app development. He will discuss cloud in general as well as talk about his company, Rackspace. If you have any other topics that you would like discussed, be sure to let us know before the meeting. Be sure to bring your questions and Rackspace may even be giving us some swag to our group.

Segment 2 - BarCampMilwaukee6

Jeremy Jannene will be discussing the planning of the upcoming BarCampMilwaukee6. He will update us on what has been happening in planning, how you can help out, and what to expect at this year's BarCampMilwaukee.

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Web414 September Special Guest

August's meeting seems to still be fresh in the books, but September is coming up. For September, we will continue on the topic of Virtual Cloud Hosting with a special guest.

I am happy to announce that for September's meeting, Rackspace has offered to send an engineer to speak to the group.

They said he can speak on any part of Rackspace we would like and cloud hosting in general. So, I would like to put out the question to the loyal Web414 members. What would you like in the presentation from Rackspace? It's up to the community. Let us know in the comments, via Twitter (@web414), or on Facebook.

Stay tuned for more information on September's Web414!

Web414 July 2011 Wrapup - Mobile Web Development/Google Plus

Thank you to those attending, presenting, and watching the live stream of July's Web414 meeting. It was a nice group with some great discussion throughout.

The meeting started off with a presentation by Dave Brixius (@coderdx) on Mobile Web Development Best Practices.

It was followed by a presentation building on it entitled, "Mobile Web Development: State of the Industry, Tools, and Tips" by Dustin Filippini (@dustyf).

In the final presentation, Benjamin Pett (@benrobn), let us know about how to get started with Google+.

The night ended with a little open discussion with a lot of focus on BarCampMilwaukee6. We would also like to give a big thanks to our host, Bucketworks.

Archived Live Stream on Ustream

Presentation Slides

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