Meeting: March 20 - jQuery UI and Photoshop Automation

About “Ninjas of the Javascript”

Meeting March 20, 2012 from 11:30am - 12:30pm at the <div> in Edmond, OK. Batteries not included, but lunch is!

A Frontal Assault

Last month, we highlighted some of the awesome things happening with
serverside javascript. Now, this month we want to highlight some
awesome uses of javascript for the client, and for frontend designers.
We have two awesome presentations lined up that will demonstrate the
diversity and usefulness of javascript in your workflow.

Photoshop Automation With Javascript

Javascript is everwhere, and if you frequently work in programs such as
image editors, video editors and sound editors you might be surprised to
find Javascript in the most unlikely of places. That means as a
developer or designer, harnessing the power of scripting gives you an
incredible edge. Photoshop gives you the ability to implement javascript
for a variety of tasks, which can save you time. It is time to learn the
ancient secrets of Photoshop, and Dragon Punch™ your photoshop workflow
with the power of Javascript.

Effective Clientside Patterns with the jQuery UI Widget factory

Many of you use jQuery, and similarly, many of you use jQuery UI. Its
time to go beyond simply using the presets and default widgets in your
jQuery UI library. In this talk, we will cover how $.widget really
works, and how beyond its surface, using the widget factory can help you
write elegant and well organized javascript code in your next
application. Do not attend expecting a blow by blow demonstration of the
default widgets. Instead, this is for those who are looking for ways to
organize their codebase with good patterns and solve their own unique
problems with jQuery UI. Shadow Kick™ your web application’s clientside
codebase with the awesome javascript conventions, CSS conventions and
state management afforded by jQuery UI!

About our Speakers

Eric Granata

Hello, I’m Eric Granata and I am a visual communicator working in
graphic design, web design, video production and motion graphics. For
the past 8 years I have specialized in creative work for churches and
non-profits. I’m a blogger, entrepeneuer, designer and developer.
I get juiced about small business and start-ups and would love to see
that you are up to and help if I can.

@granta - Eric’s Website

Jesse Harlin

Howdy! I am developer at NineCollective who specializes in client side
technologies. I am an ‘alpha nerd’, I love my work, and I am super
enthsiastic about things like Javascript, Html/Css and Unity 3D. I’ve
been working in the web for nearly a decade, and am especially excited
about the incredible attention javascript has recieved lately as a
programming language. When I am not programming at work I am probably
programming at home. I love using code to write algorithmic music,
program robots, automate Blender, create new electronic musical
instruments, and make interactive media. When I am not doing that, I am
working to help enrich the programming usergroup communities, both by
participating and leading.


Tasty Lunch!

This month we are extremely lucky to be sponsored by GDH Consulting. GDH
is a specializeed consulting and resource firm focused on providing
qualified professionals within the Information Technology,
telecommunication and Consulting industries to commercial and government
sectors. GDH is a strong supporter of local usergroups and developers,
and is very active in the programming community. We are sincerely
grateful they are providing lunch for us.

usergroup.location = theDiv

With the okcCoCo undergoing change, we will be moving our meetup location
to the <div> in Edmond this month. The <div> is an organization who is dedicated to
supporting a grassroots usergroup movement that builds the state, and
helps champion Oklahoma as a web tech hub. The div is located at 1712 S. Kelly Ave, in Edmond. We are really excited to be here this month, and
offer our sincere thanks to the div for helping us.