Meeting: March 26 - Overdrive Your Javascript

This Month

Tuesday: March 26, 2013

11:30 am

@The Exchange
700 1/2 W. Sheridan Ave.,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

OverDrive Your Javascript.

##”About “Overdrive Your Javascript”

This month, we are going to rev up your Javascript RPM’s to the Full Throttle Ultimate Extreme Maximum™. There’s many ways to drive your Javascript. Some methods are more successful than others. I tried hot gluing a steering wheel to my computer case, and found that technique to be largely ineffective. Don’t make the same mistake I did! Come to this month’s meeting and let some experts show you how to insert driving pun here!

One technique available is to run a test driver. This means you use a navigation and scripting testing utility to ensure your code is running smoothly. How can you ensure your enduser’s web experience has set the cruise control to cool? You need to test your javascript! You can auto fill and submit forms, define and order browsing navigation steps, capture screenshots, log events, scrape web content and a host of other things to make sure your site is really working. CasperJS is a tool for the job, and Michael Sarchet is going to help you get started.

Another way to drive your Javascript is to implement a library to help make autonomous characters move in a realistic manner. The general term for this is ‘steering behavior’. This can include wandering, seeking and randomness, avoidance, and any other way things ‘move’. You might need to do this if you’re implementing some advanced interactivity, building a game, or doing some creative project. Ben VanTreese is working on a library to do this in javascript, and he is going to present it at this month’s meeting.

About our Speakers

Michael Sarchet [@msarchet]

Michael has been programming ever since he started learning QBasic at the age of 11 on his 486dx. He currently works in C# for his job, and enjoys working in Ruby/Rails/etc.
Michael has a blog!
and a github!

Ben VanTreese [@vantreeseba]

Ben Van Treese is a lead developer at Nine Collective focusing on server side and client side programming. Ben is a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Computer Science. He has been programming for over 10 years in various programming languages. Ben’s other interests include everything from cooking and gardening to machine learning and robotics.
Ben has a blog!
and a github!

Tasty lunch will be served thanks to Robert Half Technologies. These awesome folks are passionate about serving the Oklahoma City technology community and we thank them for their generous support. They’ve made it clear they want to see our usergroup succeed, which is an epic win for everyone!

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700 1/2 West Sheridan Avenue
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