Rohde Guest Blogging on 37-signals

Go Mike! All Hail Mike Rohde, who's continued commitment to chronicling the process of excellence has landed him a guest slot on the 37-signals Signal Vs. Noise blog.
In this first of two-parts, Mike, a longtime Web414 member and friend of the Milwaukee tech and visual thinking communities, explains how he came to land his recent gig illustrating the 37-signals book REWORK and what the process was for turning ideas into art for the book.
I have especially enjoyed reading the comments (I know! Right?) that follow Mike's article; Love and appreciation for Mike's work is quickly growing beyond a Web414 phenomena.
Spread the love. Tell your friends. Order REWORK.

Remembering Marc Wolfgram

Condolences and compassionate thoughts go out to the family and friends of Marc Wolfgram of MacCetera, LLC in Hartland Wisconsin.
Marc died in a car colision this week. He was a Macintosh resource and a great pioneer of the computing scene in the Lake Country.
I had the privilege of working with Marc on a few small projects and it was joyful surprise when he arrived with his robot kit tucked under his arm at BarCampMilwaukee2.
His collection of essays is currently posted at the "Marc's Notes" page on

Marc will be missed.

MKEPUG: MAMP -- and -- Drupal API and Architecture

2010-03-23 18:00

Orlando Medina - MAMP: An introduction to the world of all in one web solutions.
MAMP is a Mac based install of Apache, PHP and MySQL. Orlando will demonstrate setting up MAMP and getting your first PHP script running locally.

Steve Klebar
Drupal API and Architecture
Steve will be sharing advanced features of Drupal. Included in the presentation will be some discussion about the API and Drupal architecture.

MLT/Instructing Technologies
Your Resource for Training

MLT offers a wide variety of training from technical to applications to soft skills development. All Milwaukee PUG members receive 10% off courses, please contact Tiffany Weber for more information.

See: for RSVP.

MKEPUG: 5 Secrets to a Job Offer a Week -- and -- IDE Comparisons

2010-03-09 18:00

Business/intro PHP: The 5 secrets to get a Job Offer every week by Aaron Saray
Are you committed? Do you really want this? These 5 no-bullcrap tips will help put you above the pack - they worked for me - and they will work for you.

Advanced: IDE Comparisons by Joel Clermont
Joel is going to cover the key differences in a few of the top IDEs for PHP development


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Make sure to ask Erica more about their services and find out what OUPS means when you see her Tuesday!

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MKEPUG: Intro to MySQL connections and Smarty Demo

2010-02-23 18:00

Business/Intro PHP: Connecting to MySQL with PHP by David Szymakowski
MySQL is an open source database that can be used with PHP to create dynamic web content. This basic tutorial will demonstrate how to connect to a MySQL database and display the data with PHP. As part of this demonstration you will be introduced to phpMyAdmin, a handy MySQL database management tool.

Advanced: Smarty and PHP by Michael Litscher
Michael will demonstrate Smarty Templating's abilities including passing object by reference, calling an object's method, and displaying method call results and member values. Finally, both Smarty and PHP modifiers will be demonstrated.

MLT/Instructing Technologies
Your Resource for Training

MLT offers a wide variety of training from technical to applications to soft skills development. All Milwaukee PUG members receive 10% off courses, please contact Tiffany Weber for more information.

SEE: to rsvp

February Meeting Recap

February's meeting turned out great. We had a lot of really awesome, engaging discussions about people's workflow as well as the future of web development with a discussion on frameworks vs CMSs. Matt Gauger wrote a recap of the meeting on his blog.

Part 1: Workflow
-What do you use for bug tracking?

Mantis, Trac, Bugzilla, Pivotal Tracker, Intervals

Hacking OpenAtrium case tracker to support bug tracking
What do photographers use? (Photographer Workflow)

* Lightroom, Photoscape (John December)
* The DAM book:

Bandwidth, backups

* There isn’t enough upload bandwidth to mirror all your content if you have a lot of data.
* Everyone sign up for Google’s fiber program.
* Amazon S3(Jungle Disk), Dropbox, Carbonite.


Part 2: Frameworks versus CMSes

A web application framework has some things written, but things like delivering web pages is up to the coder. -> An incomplete web application, a framework that you hang your business logic on.

Arlen: “The future of the web is in frameworks, not in CMSes.”

* Every CMS does things its own way. “one size fits all.”

Arlen: ”I’m fighting the CMS. The CMS has a way it wants to do things. I have to write the business logic in such a way that the CMS can do it. Every CMS brings in POV.”

The big three of CMSes:

* Drupal
* Joomla
* Wordpress

Example web app frameworks: PHP:

* CakePHP
* Zend
* CodeIgniter (behind ExpressionEngine)

Other languages:

* Ruby on Rails for the Ruby language.
* Django for Python
* Catalyst for Perl
* Seaside for Smalltalk
* Lift for Scala.
* ASP.NET MVC or .NET Webforms

Derek: “Are we arguing the semantic difference between being a developer and being an integrator?”

Go read the full wrap up here.

Think Tank Live! Networking Party at Piano Blu

February 23, 2010 at 6pm

Piano Blu: 179 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Pewaukee, WI 53072

Included for all conference attendees!

Admission to the After party is included for all attendees of the Think Tank Live Internet Marketing and Social Media Summit thanks to Piano Blu and SunAnt Interactive!

Can't resist? Want to join us?

Additional tickets are available to the public to join us for networking, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres at 6pm.
Fee: $22.00

* 2 Drink Tickets for Red Wine, White Wine, Beer or Soda
* Amazing hors d’oeuvres by Piano Blu
* A fantastic location & quality networking with Think Tank Live! speakers in the Rhino Room at Piano Blu

Piano Blu. The perfect nightspot in the Lake Country. Fantastic live music, lively conversation, a menu and wine list to tantalize a variety of palates. Two levels of fine dining in a relaxing atmosphere overlooking beautiful Pewaukee Lake.

Register for the After Party Here!

We will meet for drinks in the delightful Rhino Room, a unique room sure to engage your senses! The Rhino Room was designed with comfortable elegance in mind, their beautiful Lakeview dining is sure to please. Many successful ventures, both business and personal, have been started on the shore of beautiful Pewaukee Lake.

Take some time after a busy day to network and connect with the Think Tank Live speakers and attendees.

Be sure to follow Piano Blu on Twitter at @PianoBlu for event updates and specials!

Getting hungry?

This is on of those places in Lake Country that you just can't afford to miss!

Everybody's Web.

Since I won't be at tonight's meeting, I wanted to tell you guys something.

I like this comment on Read-Write-Web. It inspired me to write a post at that pretty much sums up how I feel about Web414. Web414 is for the people who are working together to make The New Web. It's about people who want to build cars, make art, raise families and dance in new ways using the web as a platform.

We do that by learning and using and talking together once a month. That's Web414 at its core. And no amount of tinkering can break that. But let's not try, ok?

I try to remind everyone in the audience at each of our Web414 meetings that it is our community that makes us special. That we are greater than the sum of our parts. That we can make a new web that is better and brighter and more opener for ourselves and our kids and our partners and our friends and our neighbors. That we add value to the world just by showing up and being part of a community that embraces openness and collaboration for the greater good.

Web414 is your party, Milwaukee. Enjoy it!

Feb - Milwuakee Drupal User Group

2010-02-17 18:00

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

6:00 to 6:55 - Drupal414 1st release site review, modules and setup
6:55 to 7:05 - Break
7:05 to 8:00 - Brainstorm Drupal414 site changes/additions, future Drupal presentations

Sandwiches will be provided so please register at or

Questions contact Steve Klebar: 414-737-2596 or

Web414 February 2010 Meeting

2010-02-11 19:00
2010-02-11 21:00

February 2010 Web414 MeetingThursday, February 11th, 2010 — 7pm

Topic: Work flow and Frameworks vs CMS

This month we'll be talking about work flow. We want to know how you do what you do (that means you photographers, designers, developers, programmers, etc). This is a round table discussion, so come prepared to share!

Arlen Walker will also be leading us with a presentation about frameworks vs CMSs.

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

706 S 5th St.
Milwaukee, WI

Also on The Facebooks...

Think Tank Live! Milwaukee Internet Marketing Conference

As the founder of Integrated Marketing Think Tank I am proud to announce our first live event for internet marketing and social media training on February 23, 2010.

Think Tank Live! Milwaukee 2010, Search Marketing and Social Media Summit at the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Waukesha, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Great Speakers, sourced from IM Think Tank!

Our speakers include an array of experienced digital marketing professionals from the Milwaukee and Chicago areas who will provide content rich programs that are useful for today’s business leaders, marketers, and communications specialists.

Seminar Focus:

The seminar will focus on helping you to use internet marketing and social media to increase customers and profits on your website.

Topics include:
• Digital Marketing Strategy
• Search Engine Optimization SEO
• SEM/Pay Per Click
• Website Analytics
• Social Media
• Online Reputation Management
• WordPress/BuddyPress

Local Talent includes:
Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Author of WordPress for Dummies and BuddyPress for Dummies
Jo Stumpner - Search Engine Marketing Expert from Top Floor Technologies
Anthony Verre - aka MilwaukeeSEO
Mary DuQuaine - I.M. Think Tank Founder


For more information or to register visit the Think Tank Live! website at

Use Promo Code: Think50 for $50.00 off

PHP User Group : PHP to save Time / PHP Debugging

2010-01-26 18:00
2010-01-26 19:00

706 S 5th St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Two presentations this week.

Intro/Designer/Business Segment:
PHP to Save Time: Aaron Saray
Your static page websites can benefit from a few snippets of PHP. Find out how to save time by including files, generating dynamic menus, highlighting active portions, and generating meta data and other header information. Intro PHP programmers will receive cut and paste code segments with a bit of description of 'why these work.'

Second Half: Advanced PHP Concepts:
Intro to PHP Debugging: Joel Clermont
If you're happy using var_dump or print_r to troubleshoot pesky PHP problems, I'll make the case why a real debugger is a better use of your time. Next, I'll demonstrate the basics of a typical debugging session using Zend Studio and Zend Server CE. Includes demo!

For more information, see Milwaukee PHP User Group meetup page

Web414 January 2010: The FlipVideo Recording

Relive this month's amazing panel and audience discussion about radio. Marvel at things said by representatives from local stations, Ryan Schleicher of WMSE, Tarik Moody of 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, Jim Conigliaro of Journal Communications and James Brust of online radio station Limbiq Frequencies.

What? You caught the live stream?! You Lie! There was no live stream! This is the only way to experience this once-in-a-lifetime meeting over and over again.

Web414 January 2010 Meeting

2010-01-14 19:00
2010-01-14 21:00

January 2010 Web414 MeetingThursday, January 14th, 2010 — 7pm

Join us this month for an amazing panel and audience discussion about past missteps and future bright spots in radio. This will be a spirited discussion about all things radio and digital. Representatives from local stations, Ryan Schleicher of WMSE, Tarik Moody of 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, WUWM, Jim Conigliaro of Journal Communications, James Brust of online radio station Limbiq Frequencies, and a nationally syndicated Public Radio host.
We will start with a performance by the Web414 Players rendition of "The History of Radio" from humble transmitter beginnings to it's digital present.
Kevin Ciesielski will moderate the panel discussion on what the realities of today's and tomorrows challenges hold for radio on the web and over the airwaves.

Join us for what promises to be the first Web414 event of 2010!

706 S 5th St.
Milwaukee, WI

Also listed on the Facebooks...

One in Four Web414 Show viewers actually finish an episode.

The statistics package on is pretty nice. Apparently one out of four of you will actually watch these episodes to completion. That's actually pretty good, in my mind, since we don't do a whole lot to encourage you to finish watching, outside of a few easter eggs hidden in the credit sequence.


You may have alsly noticed that I've switched on pre- and post-roll advertising on the embedded Web414 Shows. It's part of the continued push to make a bit of money for the Web414 crew to give back to our supporters, which, in most cases, means Bucketworks.

We've made approximately 11-cents on the Web414 show so far, and our most watched episode (since adding the preroll) has a CPM of $2. That means every time you watch that episode, Web414 makes $0.002 cents.

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