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.

September 2018 – 3D Printing & Code Club

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

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

Talks

3D metal printing using modern C++

Cathy French

Over 30 years since its inception, C++ is still the programming language of choice for applications needing high efficiency and control.

Fortunately, new language features and libraries added in the C++11 standard and beyond have made C++ much easier to learn and use, and less error-prone, than it used to be.

In this talk I will introduce one such application, Additive Manufacturing (3D metal printing) and its computational challenges, and describe how some of the new (and existing) features of modern C++ can help overcome them.

Inspiring the next generation through Code Club

Tim Wilson

Code Club is a key educational programme for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, working to help young people learn how to build their ideas with code.

Meet Tim Wilson, Midlands Coordinator for Code Club and find out about how Code Clubs have been inspiring children across Staffordshire to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from.

Find out about the resources that children use, hear from Code Club volunteers about their experiences of getting involved and what you need to do to get involved as well.

August 2018 – Lightning Talks

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

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

Talks

CSS is dead, long live CSS

Elliot Evans

In the fast paced world of web development, new standards are made and there are new architectures to follow and it seems writing vanilla CSS is no longer common practice. Despite this CSS is always considered as a styling language which does not do as much as you want, form the early days of the internet proposing new standards to the modern day where developers are using different languages to enhance there ability to style websites.

The talk explore why CSS is no longer being used such as: why there has been a huge shift in recent years away to other languages such as SCSS? What is CSS-in-JS and why it exists? Future of CSS / CSS Working drafts and to conclude why the language is not dead.

How to build what your customers want

George Wilde

User stories are a tool that helps software teams understand what a customer needs. So what happens when they are written badly, or misleading? The wrong things get built, there is confusion and wastage. Find out how to write great user stories that get everyone working together to build the things that your customers want.

July 2018 – Web Security and SEO Mythbusting

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

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

Talks

Going to the dark side, they have cookies

Tim Nash

Everyone should be a little bit worried about security of their site, and at conferences lots of security talks focus on practical steps people can take. In this talk Tim will flip the norms and instead focus on several real examples of sites being hacked but from the attackers perspective.

We will see the whole attacks from the bad actors view identifying targets, analysing vulnerable sites, adding payload, exploiting in doing so showing how sites are infected, how some tools do prevent certain attacks and how clever and indeed not so clever bad actors can circumvent lots of hardening done.

Each step we can analyse what could have been put in place to prevent and frustrate the attack and then look at how this can be implemented on your site.

SEO Mythbusting: Our 5 Most Common Misconceptions

Chris Munday

Being relatively new to client side digital marketing means I’m witnessing for the first time the initial flurry of questions that we’re peppered with during on-boarding.

And while SEO has come a long way since the black hat, link farming days which focused on quick wins and short term planning, some misconceptions have survived, particularly with businesses that are not traditionally found online.

Here are 5 of the most common questions and misconceptions put to us from clients, with some fixes and solutions for dealing with them.

June 2018 – Lightning Talks

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

Our sincerest thanks to both iWeb and TopCashback for all their support over the years.

Talks

Cyber crime

Matthew Hough-Clewes

The landscape of fraud and hacking. How to implement the basics to prevent a data breach. Common trends in the cyber crime world and how to spot them.

Bootstrap 4: What is it good for?

Natasha Wylie

An overview of Bootstrap 4, highlighting its positives and negatives. As well as looking at what Bootstrap 4 has to offer compared to good old Bootstrap 3.