Coworking

2010-09-27 18:00
2010-09-27 20:00

Bucketworks
706 S 5th St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Bring all of the stuff you haven't been able to get done during the day or things that you've gotten stuck on and need help with. This group is open to designers, developers, programmers - anyone who can work remotely.

We'll be meeting at Bucketworks every Monday. Parking on the street is free after 6pm, you can come in through the front glass doors (ring the bell!).

We'll provide power, internet, chairs, and tables. You bring anything you need to work on and any snacks or drinks you'd like.

Coworking

2010-09-20 18:00
2010-09-20 20:00

Bucketworks
706 S 5th St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Bring all of the stuff you haven't been able to get done during the day or things that you've gotten stuck on and need help with. This group is open to designers, developers, programmers - anyone who can work remotely.

We'll be meeting at Bucketworks every Monday. Parking on the street is free after 6pm, you can come in through the front glass doors (ring the bell!).

We'll provide power, internet, chairs, and tables. You bring anything you need to work on and any snacks or drinks you'd like.

Coworking

2010-09-13 18:00
2010-09-13 20:00

Bucketworks
706 S 5th St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Bring all of the stuff you haven't been able to get done during the day or things that you've gotten stuck on and need help with. This group is open to designers, developers, programmers - anyone who can work remotely.

We'll be meeting at Bucketworks every Monday. Parking on the street is free after 6pm, you can come in through the front glass doors (ring the bell!).

We'll provide power, internet, chairs, and tables. You bring anything you need to work on and any snacks or drinks you'd like.

Ideas, we got ideas!

Some people submitted ideas for Web414 topics... here they are!

mathiasxmathiasx @web414 I propose a session on hacking your social graph for jobs and clients.

thebestsophistthebestsophist @web414 would love it if someone (more knowledgable than me) would talk about javascript libraries and screen reader accessibility

robberronesrobberrones @web414 Progressive Enhancement - What is it and how to use it.

ashedrydenashedryden @web414 I think we should make @kevron talk about RDF

tomhenrichtomhenrich @jennaddenda I suggested @raster rail against all the evil corporations in the world. He seemed to think we'd need more than @web414's 2hrs.

bEx_x3dbEx_x3d @web414 Object-oriented programming. Web on mobile devices

ckittelckittel @web414 Setting up a secure, single-server, shared hosting environment. Complete w/ server-side scripting options, DB options, & a web panel

ckittelckittel @web414 anything from a turnkey solution to building it piece-by-piece. Would prefer a Linux stack, but a MSFT stack would be useful too.

We'd give you more but Twitter is choking on it's lunch right now...

Drupal414 Meetup - Sept 23 6-8 PM

2010-09-23 18:00
2010-09-23 20:00

AGENDA:
6:05 to 6:55 --- Inside/Out Steve Klebar – Steve will lead a discussion on the services module and it uses and application.
6:55 to 7:05 --- Break
7:05 to 7:20 --- Kevron's Korner - Kevin Ciesielski will present those awesome applications and tools he has uncovered and discuss their potential value for Drupal developers.
7:20 to 7:50 --- Drupal Tune-ups - Bring you Drupal issue to the meetup for analysis, troubleshooting tips and possibly a fix.
7:50 to 8:00 --- Next Steps - Discussion on the agenda for our next meetup.

LOCATION: C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions - 222 Erie Street - Suite 330 - Milwaukee, WI

Call for presentations! Pick a topic or area of interest and share it. Join us as we continue to evaluate and add capabilities to our Drupal414 community web site. Dinner will be served, please sign up at www.Drupal414.com

CONTACT: In the event that you have any questions or suggestions for future topics please contact Steve Klebar at 414-737-2596 or email mkehack@promentor.biz

Web414 September 2010 Meeting

2010-09-09 19:00
2010-09-09 21:00
Web414 Thurs Sept, 9, 2010 7pm - The Mystery Show! - Bucketworks, Milwaukee, WI - web414.com

September 2010 Web414 MeetingThursday, September 9th, 2010 — 7pm

The Mystery Show!

What do we have planned for the September Web414 Meeting? Nothing. What? Yup, that's right. We got nothing. But that's OK, because Web414 is made up of people, and we're all part of making Web414 happen. So if you want to make the September Web414 Meeting happen, show up and make it happen. We're smart people, and we can get by without any pre-planning. And we'll prove it. See you there!

Update: We've got a guest! We'll be talking to Michael Massie, creator of the iPhone app Smart Alarm and the guy behind StdyHll and a few other things of interest.

(Street parking is free after 6pm, and there are dining options nearby.)

Bucketworks
706 S 5th St.
Milwaukee, WI
bucketworks.org

A Poor Craftsman (Sometimes the syntax IS the problem)

"It's a poor craftsman who blames his tools."

An old adage, but one I also believe. So don't take this as me blaming PHP for the bad PHP code I've written through the years. I'll take ownership for it, just like all the other bad code I've written in all the other languages before and since.

But sometimes PHP seems to actively discourage good coding habits.

Michael Booth, over at mechanicalrobotfish.com, is seeing the same thing.

He was writing a Drupal utility in ruby (pacem, read the post if you're outraged; I'm just being the messenger, here) when it occurred to him to wonder what kind of good testing tools he could find for PHP.

His quest led him to compare what he had known in ruby with what was in PHP, and the difference is drastic. Have a look at the differences between the two testing files and see what he means.

I know I've run into it more than once. It's quite possible to write good, even elegant, PHP code. I've seen and I've even done it myself. Still, the klunky syntax doesn't help; in fact it often gets in the way.

But the point here isn't to hammer PHP. I just want to encourage you to expand your horizons. Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote "A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its former shape." In this specific case, someone who had encountered testing tools outside of PHP, brought the ideas back and is hopefully enriching the PHP culture with it.

Matt has a BarCamp session on exotic languages. Come on out for it, and if you happen to know about something off the well-travelled PHP/javascript/C# track, bring it along and show us why you like it.

Or, if you don't, come on along anyway. Get your mind stretched. And then bring that bit of stretch back to your corner of the dev world, and see what it comes out looking like.

You'll be better off for it.

Coworking

2010-09-06 18:00
2010-09-06 20:00

Bring all of the stuff you haven't been able to get done during the day or things that you've gotten stuck on and need help with. This group is open to designers, developers, programmers - anyone who can work remotely.

We'll be meeting at Bucketworks every Monday. Parking on the street is free after 6pm, you can come in through the front glass doors (ring the bell!).

We'll provide power, internet, chairs, and tables. You bring anything you need to work on and any snacks or drinks you'd like.

BarCampMilwaukee5

2010-10-02 10:00
2010-10-03 16:00
BarCampMilwaukee5

BarCampMilwaukee5Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 — 10am

Hey Web414 folks! Don't forget, BarCampMilwaukee5 is coming up... it's the first weekend in October. Please go to barcampmilwaukee.org to find out more and to register.

Bucketworks
706 S 5th St.
Milwaukee, WI
bucketworks.org

MKEPUG: - 9/28 - Open Q/A and Talk of Testing (The Saga of Tracker 9725)

2010-09-28 18:00
2010-09-28 20:00

First half: Open QA
Joel and I will be leading an open Question/Answer section. Have a bit of code that is stumping you? Bring it! Need some suggestions on some different tools? Let's share. Just know where to go 'from here', we can cover that too. This will be a pretty informal portion - similar to our previous on Developer Best Practices / Tips and Tricks.

Second half - Arlen Walker: The Saga of Tracker 9725

Showing the trials of adding unit tests to decade-old legacy code from an Open Source project which was designed and written without testing in mind. We'll cover some approaches to testing legacy code, some test "smells," breaking dependencies, and along the way show how adding the tests led to "discovering" bug #9725 and fixing it without looking for it.

MKEPUG - 9/14 - Direct from Zend: Zend Studio, Zend server overviews / Zend Framework based application development

2010-09-14 18:00
2010-09-14 20:00

Kevin Schroeder - Technology Evangelist from Zend
Check him out at http://www.eschrade.com/ or @kpschrade on twitter.

During our first hour I will show and demonstrate the capabilities of various Zend products as well as talk about Zend’s open source and community contributions. We will look at the new Zend Studio 8.0, which is currently in public beta, but we will spend most of the time going over the features in Zend Server, our application server offering, demonstrating such features and Job Queues, Event Monitoring and Code Tracing.

In our second hour we will dive into how to build a Zend Framework-based application and show several of the Zend Framework components that might be interesting to you.

Freebies!
Raffling off a license for Zend Studio
$100 off Zendcon admission vouchers for anyone interested who attends

Make sure to grab a bite before coming - this hsould be 2 packed hours of awesomeness. We will probably be eating at La Perla before the meetup, so stop by.

This - as usual :) - is at Bucketworks.

August Drupal414 Meetup - 8/19 Theming

2010-08-19 18:00
2010-08-19 20:00

DATE: 19 August 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Call for presentations! Pick a topic or area of interest and share it. Please come and share your thoughts as we continue to evaluate and add capabilities to our Drupal414 community web site. Dinner will be served please sign up.

LOCATION: C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions - 222 Erie Street - Suite 330 - Milwaukee, WI

AGENDA:
6:05 to 6:55 --- Inside/Out Ashe Dryden – Ash will present theming material for beginner to intermediate users. Topics - How to find a pre-made theme and install it. What is a theme made of (html, css, JavaScript, php)? , What is the file structure like? What are the best base themes? Theming Views/CCK.
6:55 to 7:05 --- Break
7:05 to 7:20 --- Kevron's Korner - Kevin Ciesielski will present those awesome applications and tools he has uncovered and discuss their potential value for Drupal developers.
7:20 to 7:50 --- Drupal Tune-ups - Bring you Drupal issue to the meetup for analysis, troubleshooting tips and possibly a fix.
7:50 to 8:00 --- Next Steps - Discussion on the agenda for our next meetup.

CONTACT: In the event that you have any questions or suggestions for future topics please contact Steve Klebar at 414-737-2596 or email mkehack@promentor.biz

Web414 August 2010 Meeting

2010-08-12 19:00
2010-08-12 21:00
Web414 Thurs August, 12, 2010 7pm - Milwaukee UX - Bucketworks, Milwaukee, WI - web414.com

August 2010 Web414 MeetingThursday, August 12th, 2010 — 7pm

Milwaukee UX and Lightning Round Show & Tell!

Our guest will be the folks from the Milwaukee UX group. Our host James Carlson will talk to them all about the world of User Experience! Who should come? Usability pros, designers, developers, soccer moms, they don't care... as long as you're amped on UX, they want to hang with you!

After the UX guys are done, we'll be doing an old fashioned Show & Tell: Lightning Style! You've got 5 minutes to show off a project you're working on, or finished, or just started. Tell us why it's cool, show us some working code, or whatever you can do in 5 minutes.

(Street parking is free after 6pm, and there are dining options nearby.)

Bucketworks
706 S 5th St.
Milwaukee, WI
bucketworks.org

You can also RSVP on The Facebooks.

Teecycle Payback Time!

Back in July 2008 we had a guest at Web414, it was Tim from Teecycle. He talked a little bit about what Teecycle was, and he took some photos. If you weren't there, and haven't had a chance to meet Tim, we can tell you, he's an all-around nice guy!

Fast-forward to July 2010... Tim's house flooded, and he and his family can't even live in it right now. Major Bummer as far as Bummers go.

But there's hope! People are pitching in any way they can, and there's even a fundraiser being organized.

Web414 people... if you can help Tim, or even just provide some words of encouragement, please do. Let's show people we're not just a community of hardcore web geeks, but a community who cares about people, even if they aren't hardcore web geeks.

Web414 July 2010 - Arlen's HTML5 Slides

Arlen was kind enough to publish the slides he showed us during his HTML5 talk at the Web414 July 2010 Meeting ... enjoy!

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