May 2019 – JS Design Patterns & Writing Website Specifications

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

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

Talks

JavaScript design patterns – a case study

Elliot Evans — Web App Developer, Codeweavers

When creating a solution for a problem it can be challenging to put all the pieces together, this presentation will showcase how implementation of some design patterns helped overcome this hurdle.

Writing effective website specification documents

Mark Wilkinson — Developer and Co-founder, Highrise Digital

Do you want to set your website project up for success? Do you want to avoid any costly surprises along the way?

Of course, you do.

A thorough, focused web specification document will keep your web project running smoothly and, most importantly, will give you the best to chance of delivering a project that meets the goals of your visitors and your business.

In this talk, Mark will outline the key parts of an effective website specification and why they’re important.

April 2019 – Lightning Talks

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

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

Talks

Adventures in building a large SPA Admin Area with Vue.js

Andrew McCombe — Senior Developer, Kaweb

Building an admin area as a Single Page Application requires a different approach than the traditional route. In this talk Andrew explains some of the architectural and security solutions employed in building a large admin area built with Vue.js and backed with a Laravel API.

Internet of (art) Things

David Perks

Artist makers are embracing the opportunities offered by single-board microcontrollers. David will outline some of his experiments with particular emphasis on the ESP8266 wi-fi board.

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.