March 2019 – Unity 101 for C# Developers

Thanks for coming along to the March edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.

Talk

Unity 101 for C# Developers

Andy Clarke — Tech Lead, Protolabs

Recommended by Microsoft for creating mixed reality experiences for the Hololens, Unity has transcended it’s beginnings as a cross-platform game engine.

So whether you are looking to create a 3D game for mobile, or have your sights set on a virtual reality experience for the Oculus Rift, Unity is a tool you’ll want to learn.

One surprise for C# developers getting started with Unity is the level of integration with Visual Studio and how simple it is to add C# code to manipulate their Unity creations.

In this demo led session we’ll go back to basics with Unity, creating a simple 3D game with realistic physics, textures and explosions. We’ll look at the fantastic Visual Studio integration and how cohesively the two editors work together.

Finally we’ll look at a more complex 3D experience and how to use Unity’s networking features to allow different users to interact in a 3D world.

Keeping the best news for last: Unity is royalty free until you’re earning $100,000. So if you like the idea of becoming wildly rich from making immersive 3D experiences, this is the talk for you!

February 2019 – CSS grid layout and the power of video

Thanks for coming along to the February edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.

Talks

They say a picture speaks a thousand words

Martyn Lomax — Managing Director, Humanoid Productions Ltd

A 20 minute talk about the power of video, covering a brief history of film and how today’s demand and expectation for high quality video content is increasing with the advancement and convergence of online technologies. Popcorn not provided…

Get going with grid

Gareth Joyce — Senior Consultant, Valtech

In this talk I will go through some live demos of CSS grid basics and show how easy it is to get going with CSS grid.

January 2019 – Guest Speaker – Elasticsearch: Mining metrics from logs

Thanks for coming along to the January edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.

Talk

Elasticsearch: Mining metrics from logs

Jonathan Relf

With an increasing amount of log data from software & systems it can be hard to see the ‘wood for the trees’. Big data has a risk of being overwhelming in size and harder to manipulate. Metrics offer us a chance to digest and see trends at a higher level. In this session, you’ll learn how features in Elasticsearch has helped Esendex unlock numerical insights in log data & offers advice on finding an efficient combination of both approaches.

November 2018 – Lightning Talks

Thanks for coming along to the November edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.

Talks

describe(‘Front end Testing’)

Elliot Evans and Matthew Kemp

As a follow up from previous discussions in the meetups Myself and Matt will be going over how and why we unit test front-end code and then go into some live examples of testing.

The 90 Minute UX Challenge

Andy Tindale

A two year journey moving from print to digital design has resulted in the need to learn a host of new tools and a new set of design rules. This talk will look at the process of evolving across design disciplines and how setting timed creative challenges can help to learn new software and best practices when it comes to producing layouts and graphics for screens.

October 2018 – 4th birthday and lightning talks

Thanks for coming along to the October edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – Codeweavers and Kanuka Digital.

Talks

Using DevTools to debug your front-end

David Mountford

A brief overview of the many ways that DevTools can be used to more efficiently debug issues you may encounter while you’re developing.

CakePHP – An introductory tutorial

Trevor Adams

“CakePHP makes building web applications simpler, faster, while requiring less code. It is a modern PHP 7 framework offering a flexible database access layer and a powerful scaffolding system.”

During this session I’ll be introducing the CakePHP framework by way of a worked example. This will be of interest to new web developers considering a first framework for applications. It will be of interest to experienced developers, especially those working on server side code and who might inherit an existing application using the framework.