Long Beach Web & Application Professionals Meetup (#WAPRO)

The Long Beach Web & App dev Professionals (WAPRO) group meets monthly to showcase our cool tech projects, share best practices, network with each other, help newcomers, and the values of open source software (F/OSS). We strive to do this in a professional, relaxed, respectful, and open venue for all people in our community. Website: http://wapro.lbtech.org

TALKS THIS MONTH

• Ashok Modi  - ANSIBLE: EASIER, FASTER, AND MORE RELIABLE THAN PUPPET OR CHEF
• Jake Schmitz - DON’T DRINK THE KOOL AID, DRINK THE ELIXIR 
• Roger Howard - ON BEING A PYTHONISTA AND DJANGONAUT 
• Tom Friedhof  - NODEJS + JEKYLL + HEROKU

Full details of presentations below.

AGENDA

Setup and Introductions (30min)
Community News and Job Announcements (10min)
Presentations (80min)
Open-mic & Lightning Talks and/or Q&A (20min)Networking and post-meetup venue dubya (20min)

VENUE & MEETUP INFO

DATE: Thursday Apr 16, 2015
TIME: 6:30-9p (Note earlier start time)
LOCATION:  Gunn Jerkens Marketing Communications, 3950 Cover Street Long Beach, CA 90808.  
Map 
Directions (from 405 FWY at Lakewood)
PARKING: Free.

Note: We alternate meetup locations monthly.

ABOUT
Web & Application Professionals #WAPRO 
Our meetups are FREE and everyone is welcome.  Our goal, in essence, is to share and learn about the technology that ignites our imaginations, builds our skill-set, expands our network, and grows community!  If you have interest or work in Web or Application Development, add our meetup to your calendar now and join us!

We have a preference for open-source software, especially server-side.  This year we have meetups focused on the life-cycle and technologies related to website and application development.  We will especially try to delve into situations where mobile and web technologies converge.  The meeting topics we cover will vary monthly and will be tailored to, and by, our community.  Visit our website for more information and learn how to get invovled!  http://wapro.lbtech.org

PRESENTATION 
ANSIBLE: EASIER, FASTER, AND MORE RELIABLE THAN PUPPET OR CHEF

DEVOPs master and all-around Drupal ninja, Ashok Modi, will be sharing about how he uses Ansible for easy safe deployments and maintenance of servers.

Ashok Modi  @btmash
Currently a Computer Systems Analyst for the Cherry Hill Company. My primary duties involve working on the web presence of Libraries, EDUs, and other non-profits and intimately working with various technologies to bring their goals to fruition. Outside Cherry Hill, I dedicate some of my time in working on a freelance basis and, whenever possible, contributing back what I learn and/or create back to the open source community. Right now (and for the past 8 years), that community happens to be Drupal whereby you can find out a lot more about projects where I have contributed back at http://drupal.org/user/60422.

PRESENTATION
DON’T DRINK THE KOOL AID, DRINK THE ELIXIR

This presentation will cover how to think in a functional programming style. A brief overview of elixirs history (inception etc.). Some code examples. Q&A

JAKE SCHMITZ @schmitzmade
Jake Schmitz is a Computer Science Major at CSULB and very involved with on-campus computer organizations such as leading SIGWEB. Additionally, he’s just a young developer who loves the web and open source software. He also really loves spending time programming, climbing, surfing, and skateboarding.



PRESENTATION 
ON BEING A PYTHONISTA AND DJANGONAUT

Python has never quite been the hot language du jour, but it has a large and loyal following both on and of the web. It’s equally at home as a systems scripting tool, advanced maths environment, and Web application language. The language syntax and design philosophy favors simplicity and idiomatic style. As briefly as possible I’ll take you on a tour of the Python ecosystem, particularly as it relates to Web application development.

Roger Howard @rogerhoward
Long Beach Local, Roger Howard, has spent over 15 years in large organizations such as Playboy, Fox, The Getty, and Blizzard Entertainment providing technology leadership, hands on engineering, and process innovation.

My specialties generally center around the design and delivery of large collections of data and digital media in museums, photo agencies, video game studios, and other high-volume media environments.

These days I work independently as a programmer, consultant, and occasional technical writer.

PRESENTATION 
NODEJS + JEKYLL + HEROKU

Tom will show how to build an app in NODEJS that can be deployed on Heroku and used in a Jekyll website.

TOM FRIEDHOF @tomfriedhof
Tom Friedhof is the founder of ActiveLamp, a SoCal based web shop that specializes in Drupal, Symfony, NodeJS, Ansible, Jekyll, and Chef to deploy. https://www.drupal.org/user/62769.  Activelamp clients include the likes of Riot Games, Xprize, AARP, CesarsWay, UCLA, and more!



AFTER HOURS
9:30p until ???
Cirivello’s Sport Stop: https://goo.gl/maps/YTawg


SPONSORS

• Gunn-Jerkins is a full service Creative Marketing & Communications firm based in Long Beach. Gunn-Jerkins is providing the awesome venue for the meetup near Long Beach Airport.  

• Media Done Right is a boutique web shop based in Long Beach, CA. We helped build <a>www.spacex.com,</a><a>www.amp.me,</a><a>www.reddoorlivinglb.com,</a> and more! We will provide beverages for the meetup.


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