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Wednesday 16 Apr 2014 from 6pm - 9pm

Our 48th meeting

I'm pretty sure you won't need Math.floor(48/12) to work out that this month is our 4th birthday.

We're ditching the balloons and streamers and decking the halls with some fantastic presentations instead. 

We've had 47 great meetings already, and we're not going to stop now.


As a special treat, we're lucky enough have very special speakers. I spoke alongside one at RESPOND earlier in the year. Another runs a growing Developer community here in Sydney. The last is reprising his presentation from JSConfAU last week.


I don't know about you, but I'm certainly glad I've got a ticket!

Talks from the night

  • Design Hacks for Developers
    by Georgi Knox CatRapture
  • Shredding the HTML5 Audio API
    by Cathy Lill cathyblabla
  • The right frame of mind for working with the right framework
    by Wesley Walser
Wednesday 19 Mar 2014 from 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Beware the Ides (+4) of March

Luckily we're not meeting on the 15th of March, and luckily none of you are rulers of ancient Roman empires. At least I don't think you are.

What we need to be wary of is missing out on getting tickets.

This month we will have some presentations that are sharp as knives, though, and you may find yourself surrounded by testing and NPM possibilities.

For mine, I sure hope history.js doesn't repeat. Et tu?

Talks from the night

  • No, you're not special
    by James Roper jroper
  • History.js : Less Tears
    by Michael Zaporozhets Michael Zaporozhets
  • Own NPM modules - pitfalls
    by Nik Butenko nkbtnk
  • Koa: next generation NodeJS web server framework
    by Marcin Szczepanski MarcinS
  • A faster than lightning(talk) CMS
    by Jed Watson @jedwatson
Thursday 27 Feb 2014 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

REACT Different - An introduction to building apps with React

REACT is a Facebook & Instagram collaboration that many people choose to think of as the V in MVC.

React was built to solve one problem: building large applications with data that changes over time. To do this, React uses two main ideas.

It's Simple

Simply express how your app should look at any given point in time, and React will automatically manage all UI updates when your underlying data changes.

It's Declarative

When the data changes, React conceptually hits the "refresh" button, and knows to only update the changed parts.


Matt Sain left Sydney to join the team at Facebook and has made a special trip back home. He'll walk us through understanding the power behind this simple and declarative approach to coding UIs.

Wednesday 19 Feb 2014 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2014 Atlassian Allstars

We all know that Atlassian are legendary hosts with legendary support for the JavaScript community both Globally and locally.

We all know that Atlassian have built a team of Developers that allows them to maintain and grow industry leading products.

We all know that the only way to continually do both those things is with a large dose of passion.

Now we're all going to be able to experience some of that passion first hand.

Our Atlassian Allstars meeting showcases some of the best and brightest that the Atlassian team has, and they'll be introducing us to some of the projects that have piqued their passion.

Talks from the night

  • JS1K
    by Jonathon Creenaune jcreenaune
  • Flash is dead, long live JavaScript!
    by Chris Doble @chrisdoble
  • Node.js for fun <strike>and for profit</strike>
    by Issac Gerges @gerges
  • Library cocktail
    by Bradley Ayers
  • MonkeyTestJS
    by Mitermayer Reis Pete Feltham @felthy Kynan Hughes k7n4n5t3w4rt
Wednesday 15 Jan 2014 from 6pm - 9pm

2014 January Meet

2014 started on a Wednesday and we're starting our 2014 meetings on a Wednesday.

Last year was a HUGE one for SydJS - we saw our community grow, our speaker roster grow, and released our long awaited site which will hopefully stop you growing tired of hearing me talking about needing a new site.

Our first MMXIV meeting is gonna set the bar high - make sure you're there to get your year off to a great start!

Talks from the night

  • JavaScript Devs don't get lost
    by Hourann Bosci @daBosq
  • Cognizance
    by Tom Walker @bladey
  • A Brief Introduction to Polymer
    by John Bristowe JohnBristowe
Wednesday 18 Dec 2013 from 6pm - 9pm

Presents and presentations

'Tis the season to be jolly, so we're going to have a jolly good look at two ways to move your JavaScript skills onto Mobile devices.

With the generous support of Microsoft we'll be bringing Patrick Klug down from Brisbane to show us how he's built a cross-platform game.

From closer to home, Boris Bozic from Thinkmill will be filling us in our how his team released a gold-class Gold Class application using Cordova.

And rounding out the night, Google's Alex Danillo will be showcasing his advances in the encoding space and will outline base128 encoding. If you love base64 encoding, you'll be twice as happy with base128


Talks from the night

  • Goldfinger - Lessons from building a native web app
    by Boris Bozic borisbozic
Wednesday 11 Dec 2013 from 6pm - 8pm

Blissymbolics: Mister Symbol Man and the Prophet of Doom

Charles K Bliss, an Austrian who lived here in Sydney, invented an amazing visual language.

His goal was to produce an ideographic language that could be read by all people, regardless of their native language. Its most effective use was as a communication tool for severely handicapped children. This talk is about Charles, his life, and his language. 

Our presenter will be JavaScript's answer to Chuck Norris, Douglas Crockford, and he's appearing as part of the YOW! Conference Season.

The first 40 RSVPs will get to join us. Hope we see you there! 

WHEN: 6pm - 8pm, Wednesday 11 December

WHERE: Tank Stream Labs, Level 1, 17-19 Bridge Street, Sydney 

Wednesday 20 Nov 2013 from 6pm - 9pm


Nodevember - Now why isn't that a thing?

A project on Github that hasn't seen action for four months? Not good enough! We're going to redress that balance with some Aussie flair - a couple of Node endeavours that will have you looking differently at the platform that has had us looking differently at JavaScript.

Don't miss out!

Talks from the night

  • KeystoneJS – A head-start on the features you need
    by Jed Watson @jedwatson
  • Berzerk – Interactive charting via Backbone
    by Simon Swain @simon_swain
  • A node-powered arcade machine
Wednesday 23 Oct 2013 from 6pm - 9pm

JavaScript Weekly Lightning Talks

JavaScript Weekly ... typed?!

We're back again with a Web Week extravaganza. The JavaScript heavy-hitters from Web Directions South will join you to celebrate the best JavaScript advances of the last twelve months.

JavaScript Weekly's own @rauschma, Axel Rauschmeyer, will be on hand as a selection of the speakers we've had over the last year will bring lightning talks drawn from JavaScript Weekly's highlights.

Get an insight into making choices, living with those choices, and then making a living with your choices.

Wednesday 25 Sep 2013 from 6pm - 9pm

September 2013

DocPads, Deployments, and Double-ups - oh my!

Join us in September for some great insights into real world JavaScript challenges. 

Get an insight into making choices, living with those choices, and then making a living with your choices.

Talks from the night

  • DocPad - How, when, where, and why
    by Benjamin Lupton @balupton
  • Rant, Rant, Rant (lightning talk)
    by Damon Oehlman
  • Deploy Your Node - IaaS and PaaS players from a NodeJS perspective
    by David Banham
  • JavaScript and CSS - Totally changing the course of human history
    by Nikolay Nemshilov