We're taking a break from our evening meetups for the next few months. Instead, we're going to hold hack days, where you can come along to learn, tinker, hack & hang out with like minded people.
We’ve got three events planned, you’ll get a lot from them whether you’re starting out, or an experienced JS developer.
See below for more information and links to register for each event. We’ve got a limited number of tickets for each event, so sign up and put it in your diary. Tickets are £5.
We’re really looking forward to seeing you.
NodeSchool has finished - see how it went
Register and attend if you want to meet up at the Jam Factory and dive into a nodeschool workshop. There are workshops available for every skill level from JS beginners all the way to experienced node programmers.
You will need to bring your own laptop, and it will help if you have already installed node.js. Mentors will help you on the day.
Sadly the Code Retreat is over – see how it went
Write better code to a backdrop of pastries and burritos… the Code Retreat is a chance to hone your programming skills without the pressure of Getting Things Done.
Code Retreat is a day of pair-programming around a common challenge. Over five 45-minute sessions you’ll get to work with a variety of people to improve your day-to-day coding. At the end of each session we’ll regroup and share what we’ve learned.
For a nice introduction to code retreat and why it’s a great idea, check out this video.
NodeBots has now been dissassembled - write up coming soon
NodeBots are robots that are controlled by node.js. A NodeBots event is a full day event where JS developers team up in small teams to program robots with JS.
We’ve got 3 radio-controlled, video-enabled cars which can be controlled with JS over wifi, and also a nodecopter you can fly with JS (or just with your phone)!
We’ll have arduino kits you can use to build and program robots. You don’t need to know what a resistor is or how to use an aynschronous callback, we’ll have hardware and JS experts ready to help you throughout the day.
We’ve also extra sensors and displays you can tinker with. We’ve also got buckets of Lego Technic you can use to build quick prototypes.
You’ll be able to buy Arduino kits at a discount on the day, if you want to take your work home with you (sorry you can’t buy the lego though!)
We’ve moved the venue at the last minute, sorry! It will now be at the White October offices.
What does this mean for you?
We’ll be collecting people from the station and the Jam Factory, so don’t worry if you don’t know the way.
Please note - this won’t be at our usual venue, but at St Aldates Tavern
“There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.” – Phil Karlton In this talk, I will talk about naming things, telling you why is it hard to name, how to get better at naming and this will lead you to be an even better Software Developer.
### by Mark
We’ll also be having a talk about CPython VMs from Mark. We don’t have more details than that - you’ll have to come along!
We’re able to meet in this lovely pub thanks to Github Community who are sponsoring the event.
There is also a Oxford Python event on Meetup - where you can sign up there if you consider yourself more toward the python side of Mega-ness.
The first Oxford JS code retreat went really well in spite of a very early start. Pastries, coffee and burritos flowed, and we had some good discussions in the retrospectives and afterwards in the pub.
Here are a few links from the day:
We're really excited about the possibility for variations of the code retreat theme, in particular:
The JS Code Retreat is a day of pair-programming around a common programming challenge. Over 5 to 6 45-minute programming sessions you’ll get to work with a variety of people and work on improving your day-to-day coding, whether it’s TDD, DRY, naming, or whatever. At the end of each session we’ll regroup and share what we’ve learned.
For a nice introduction to code retreat and why it’s a great idea, check out this video.
Just your good self and a laptop. If you’ve got a ready-to-go environment all the better, but if not we’d recommend TDDBin.
We’ll provide drinks and lunch!
We take payment in fun, effort and brainpower. There is no entry fee, you just need to a RSVP on Lanyrd.
We’ll be meeting at White October to kick off coding at 8.30AM. Although that’s pretty early for a Saturday, we’re sychronising with groups from Cologne, Munich and Barcelona (so far). The upside is that it’s early enough for pastries!
All we ask is that if you can’t make it you update your RSVP so we can get that space to someone else.
At the moment we’d be really grateful for:
Haybrook IT Resourcing have kindly sponsored breakfast pastries and lunch. Be sure to chat to Sarah over coffee before the event and say how great the food is! We also have a JetBrains WebStorm license to give away - we’ll pick a winner from the attendees on the day.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got a number of 10% discount codes for the JSDay conference in Verona.
This month we're talking about getting our code running in the real world. Come along to find out how to deploy apps with heroku and how continuous deployment can help you build software faster and with less stress.
### with Pete West @peterjwest
Can you build and deploy a site in 5 minutes from scratch? This will be a live code session where I try to do node and heroku at speed, and explain it at the same time. May well be a codetastrophe, heckling encouraged!
This photo is the talk description - we think that might be a good thing
Roy gave an awesome overview of his continous deployment process, his slides are available here.
This worked pretty well last time, so we'll do it again!
We all bring a link to js-based project/post/anything that you find interesting and we'll have a quick chat about it.
…If we start promptly at 7.30, and hold Pete to his unrealistic time constraints. We’ll have plenty of time to make it across town for the drink up.
Also, if this is the first you’ve heard about the drink up; you totally need to come along with us - it’s the polite thing to do! (and, it’s the rules)
Join us for the last meetup of 2013 where we'll be talking about using streams in node and chattting about some new JS Projects
The twitter streaming apis are totally fun and super awesome.
I’ll cover the (surprisingly detailed) data that we can get from the streams, and some of the challenges that we have to face to maintain a connection.
We’ll delve into the node stream API - and how we can use this to abstract a robust interface to the twitter apis that can survive network failures, stale connections and modifying query parameters.
Then we’ll talk about some of the awesome projects/hacks that we can do when we are able to dynamically alter parameters.
### by Everyone!
We’re going to try a new type of session, bring a few links to js-based projects that you find interesting and we’ll go through them and have a quick chat.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know anything about the project, just anything that you find interesting or cool!
### hYperlink we discussed
Nodecopters are cool
When you want to do complex calculations based on the transforms of elements, you might be better using webGL (counter argument: have you used webGL?)
Went over why
[1, NaN, NaN], talked about dependency management for other languages and how projects like rails-assets can allow cross dependency integration. Touched briefly on PHP.
None of us actively/formally use fixtures in our JS projects.
We liked how the library examples load in the same site and wondered if the projects were ordered by reverse popularity. @jopotts said he would have chosen this link if he’d actually thought about it.
Please note - this event won’t be at our usual venue, but at Oxford University IT Services
Cloudant have generously offered to get in some drinks for the evening! We also have a limited number of All Your Base discount codes if you don’t have a ticket (hit us up on twitter if you’re interested). Also - this event is part of Digital Oxford Week, there are some great events through the week - so do check it out.
This month we have a special speaker coming to talk about cross platform automated testing your JS.
Appium is an open-source cross-platform mobile automation tool built in Node.js. The source and community are online at https://github.com/appium/appium. Appium’s interesting to JS devs for a number of reasons, not least because of the pressing need for better automation and CI tools in the mobile space in general.
Jonathan Lipps has been making things out of code as long as he can remember. He currently works as a Senior Software Developer for Sauce Labs, which enables him to write code for various open-source projects, like Appium (for which he’s the primary architect and contributor). Jonathan has worked as a programmer in the startup world on and off for over a decade, and given talks on software development at conferences around the world, but is also passionate about academic discussion. Jonathan has master’s degrees in philosophy and linguistics, from Stanford and Oxford respectively. Living in San Francisco, he’s an avid homebrewer, rock climber, and writer on topics he considers vital, like the relationship of technology to what it means to be human.
…And we're back!
It’s been a long summer break, though we’ve got a nice range of talks for a welcome back JSOxford
I talked about “Serving websites to websites with PhantomJS” at the recent Oxford Geek Night. This is going to be a more practical session - I’ll go through creating a PhantomJS script, setting up the web server and deploying your service to heroku.
I will talk about how developing a huge project in node works for us. There are currently about 15 people collaborating on the same codebase from the US to Australia. What are the logistics of it, how is the codebase structured, and what are some interesting gotchas we have managed to run into along the way.
Attend on - lanyrd (so we know how much beer to get in)
This month we have a selection of talks from our members - lanyrd.
Gabor Javorszky - Deploying with GruntJS - I was introduced to Grunt.js a short while ago. Since then, I’ve gotten rid of a ton of apps and settings: a) Codekit b) SFTP plugin on Sublime. Basically, all the tasks you would need to do under one roof living in one configuration file at the end of one command. I’ll show what I use it for, and how I got there.
Charles Dixon - A quick introduction to nosql - Part 1 of 3. In this talk we’ll cover why maybe we don’t want to use a relational DB for some things and we’ll look at the 4 “main” types of nosql databases currently in use.
Ben Foxall - Win Win communication - Experiences on the web don’t have to be constrained to a single browser window: we’ll go over some of the technologies that allow data to be shared across multiple windows or devices.
We're organising a hack day as a fringe event around the jQuery UK conference. We'll be driving RC cars around with a node.js library.
This hack day wouldn’t have been possible without our car sponsors:
We’ll be hacking from 9am on Saturday morning at the King’s Centre in Botley, Oxford. Try to be prompt - there’s a lot of hacking to do! We’ve got the space till 6pm.
If you went to jQuery UK the day before - you’ve already been there!
Ideally a laptop with libkoki on it. We won’t have any spare machines to hack with, so make sure you bring one!
Croissants and Pain au Chocolate.
Orange and apple juice.
Baguettes, samosas, pastries, fruit. Orange and apple juice.
We’ll also be kicking about out on irc: #jsoxford at irc.freenode.net if you want to ask questions.
This hack day is part of Digital Oxford Week
This month we heard about TiddlyWiki and had a couple of impromptu demos - lanyrd
In February - We looked at JS and gaming - lanyrd
In January - we went for a theme of frontend - lanyrd
Our first JS Oxford meet - lanyrd