The first Des Moines Web Geeks meeting was a success. We had around 22 people in attendance from a variety of backgrounds, all coming together to discuss all things ‘web’. We had a development focus for this first discussion, my friend and former colleague Justin Gruca gave an excellent overview of Djangom with some great group sparring and discussion about various other MVC-ish framework, most notably Rails.
Daniel was gracious enough to offer Improptu Studio as a venue for this group and it was a perfect fit. Thanks to Dan and Abbie and the other coworkers for their preparation. Dan has a post on their site about the event as well. Also thanks to Chris Punke for recording the event, the plan going forward is to likely stream these, however we’d prefer to have you come down and check it out live if you’re able, the exchanges after the cameras were off was great.
So moving forward I think we’ll continue to find a balance between tech and development discussion as well as moving in to areas like usability, interface + visual design, css and the like. The format seemed to work so we’ll stick with that for now, basically a prepared presentation for the first half, and a more open roundtable and show and tell for the second half. I’ll be posting the next proposed meeting time and agenda. I’d really appreciate it if those in attendance could email me or comment here so I can contact you, particularly those who were willing to present. Keep an eye out for the followup post for the next event, should be early next week.
August 14th Kickoff – Django Presentation
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