October 2013 Meeting

Open Projector Night

This month we will open our projector to our group members. We want to get a sampling of what cool stuff you have been working with or learning.

Are you learning a new programming language? A new web framework? Maybe a new practice that is helping you? Come and show us. Each talk/demo is expected to last no more than 20 minutes accounting for one or two questions.

We will update this page as we get more confirmed topics, but feel free to give a short impromptu demo as well (time permitting.) So far the confirmed talks and presenters are:

When: 2013-10-09 18:00:00

Where: SPR/Redpoint Technologies, 233 South Wacker Dr, 33rd floor, Chicago (map)

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August 2013 Meeting

Single Page Apps With Proven Tools

Single Page Applications (SPAs) contnue to gain momentum. As it's common with many new technologies, the pendulum swings way too far before coming back and eventually reaching its balanced position.

We've seen it taken to extremes without consideration to sane web application development and deployment, causing regression of issues we have traditionally invested a lot to overcome, like page loading speed and search engine indexing.

In this talk we will look at some of the more stable options for creating, maintaining and deploying an SPA without losing our sanity.

We walk through a sample web application built with ASP.NET MVC and Web API but that's the least important part of the code. The main focus will be given to the front-end technologies, like:

Sergio Pereira is a Principal Engineer with Trading Technologies developing software for for electronic derivatives trading.

For the longest time Sergio has had his eyes in the development of richer and more usable web sites. He believes in using the most basic tools to create web applications, while at the same time not giving up productivity.

When: 2013-08-21 18:00:00

Where: SPR/Redpoint Technologies, 233 South Wacker Dr, 33rd floor, Chicago (map)

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July 2013 Meeting

Going for Speed: Testing for Performance

Unit Testing has settled into the mainstream. As developers, we write code that checks code, ensuring that the outcome matches some expected result. But, are we really?

As end-users (which includes each one of us from time to time), when we ask a question, we don't just expect our answer to be right, we expect it to be right now. So as developers, why are we only validating for accuracy? Why aren't we going for speed?

During this session we will discuss meeting the performance needs of an application, including developing a performance specification, measuring application performance using proper tools, and asserting on these measurements to ensure that all expectations are met.

Your application does "right." Let's focus on "right now."

Jay Harris is a code wrangler, software consultant, and president of Arana Software. He has been developing on the web since 1995, when the Blink tag lured him away from Visual Basic 3. With a career focus on user experience, Jay has a passion for practices that improve quality and usability, such as performance optimization, unit testing, and proper grammar.

Originally from Rochester, New York, he and his wife, Amy, have lived in Michigan since 2003. They like Michigan, but still consider themselves tourists, and probably always will..

When: 2013-07-10 18:00:00

Where: SPR/Redpoint Technologies, 233 South Wacker Dr, 33rd floor, Chicago (map)

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