EVENT RECAP – Wrapping up 2013 with Codeproject and IdeaNotion

This past Monday was our last DevTO of 2013. And what a great time! Polar Mobile hosted us and as always, showed us a great time. We were well-met with great friends and sponsors, and we even had a special guest appearance from the famous Gary Vaynerchuck! Gary stopped by (via video) to give #DevTO and the T.O. tech community a bit shout-out. The video is featured in our post here: http://www.devto.ca/2013/11/gary-vaynerchuk-keep-up-the-phenomenal-hard-work-toronto/ 


We welcomed Carrie Davis-Sydor and Sean Ewington to give our first presentation on behalf of Codeproject, one of the first coding communities in the world! 

Codeproject incase you hadn’t heard (which we are sure you have), is a wonderful resource for computer programmers of any level. Rich with articles and quick tips and tricks, you can copy and paste code straight from the site. Founded and based in Toronto, Codeproject boasts a grand library of helpful information and tons of contests with an emphasis on a community sharing culture. We were so happy to have them come in and talk to us, especially since they are celebrating their 14th year and their 10 millionth member! Check out their site and community here and their new Codeproject.TV initiative!

Our second speaker was Michael Siu and Raymond Tsang from IdeaNotion. A lover of all things open (open source, open data, open gov… etc.), IdeaNotion is a lean software consulting firm. They came to speak to us about an easy tool they’ve created for you to use: IdeaPress. “a platform that empowers the transformation of WordPress websites into mobile apps” Create a feature rich app through a step-by-step creator. Michael showed us an alternative approach to handling buggy apps and showed us how an hybrid app (native & HTML5) could automatically push updates directly to users without republishing the app. Check out the Github on IdeaPress here.

A big thank you (again) to Polar Mobile for hosting, and a big thank you to our event photographers, Chow Productions. We have posted our event photos here and here. Try and find your face!

See you at the Toronto Tech Social Wrap Up on December 3rd. Grab your tickets for only $10.00! There will be GREAT prizes you guys can win (and support the Toronto Tech Community and Daily Bread Food Bank.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Community Agency
Microsoft Canada
Kendo UI

And our in-kind sponsors:

Holly Lews (thanks for the amazing cookies!) 

The DevTO Team thanks you, Toronto Tech community for making each and every one of the last Mondays of each month more amazing than the last. Here’s to 2013, and here’s to what’s to come in 2014!



Gary Vaynerchuk: Keep up the phenomenal hard work Toronto!

Gary sends a shout to the #DevTO community and the Toronto tech community at large to keep up the hustle and the phenomenal hard work!

Gary for those that don’t know is the founder of WineLibrary.com, WineLibrary TV and more recently Vayner Media.

Gary’s last book “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Book: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World comes out November 26th. Learn more about the book and Gary at http://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/

World of Webcraft

Hey everyone, earlier this week we announced our new gold sponsor, Myplanet Digital is hosting a great series that could land you a job! If you’re looking to improve your skill set and brush up on your web developer and Drupal know-how, you should check out the World of Webcraft educational program.

More information is supplied below:

Myplanet is piloting an exciting FREE educational program beginning in January.  World of Webcraft is part-time, 12 week offering that welcomes junior web developers and freelancers who are looking to enhance their skill sets.

For the first month of Webcraft, participants will learn the basics of the Myplanet development process and project lifecycle. Using Drupal as our content management platform, hands-on exercises and challenges in class will deliver a thorough understanding of this open source framework. Beyond the first month, learners who exhibit a solid grasp of the concepts may be invited to take part in the “play & earn” phase for the remaining 8 weeks of the program. They’ll work on real client tasks that will support Myplanet production teams and will be compensated for their work. It’s an unparalleled opportunity gain first-hand, paid development experience with the guidance of skilled mentors.

Webcraft classes will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9AM-5PM at Myplanet’s brand spankin’ new office downtown Toronto. Successful completion of the program could lead to a full-time employment opportunity at Myplanet. Anyone interested in applying can get in touch with webcraft@myplanetdigital.com.


Welcome Myplanet Digital!

We are very pleased to announce that Myplanet Digital is a new Gold Sponsor! Welcome to the team guys. Thanks for supporting DevTO and the Toronto Tech community. Cheers to you!

Myplanet Digital is a design & technology company that “specializes in the practice of envisioning, designing & building digital products.” To find out more about this great company, check out their site (it’s pretty fabulous). Also, they’re hiring!

The DevTO Team

Donate & Learn Expo! Do it for a great cause

Don’t miss GoDaddy’s first keynote in Canada, joining expert from Microsoft Bing, Big3 and Green Lotus. 100% of donations will go to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto!

Interested in learning how to increase your business leads and sales? and effectively manage your online marketing budget? Join 500 of Toronto’s top entrepreneurs, business owners and online marketing specialists to learn cutting-edge search engine and social media marketing strategies for your business.

Network, learn from experts and support a great cause!

The concept is simple – instead of paying a conference fee participants make a tax-deductible donation to the partnering charity of the Donate & Learn event. Donate & Learn Events have so far raised $8,350 for the YWCA Toronto, and the goal is to raise $10,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto!

Limited spots are available – Donate & Register now to reserve yours: http://greenlotus.ca/expo

Sponsors: GoDaddy, Microsoft Bing, Marin Software, BlogDash

* Note: Expo registration must be completed on the Donate & Learn Expo website to guarantee your spot!


arkOS: Should Google be Afraid?

What exactly IS arkOS? It’s a Linux-based server OS that runs on Raspberry Pi hardware with hopes to expand to other platforms eventually. arkOS is meant to be an OS that replaces all of Google’s services – from email to chat, file sharing and web hosting, arkOS purports to do all the things that Google or any other cloud company can do… securely.

How did this start? When Google Reader was shut down, arkOS founder 23-year-old Jacob Cook decided to build something reliable that is not subject to shutting down:

“Google, while it is a great service that has done wonderful things for the Web, is showing some troubling signs,” … “Their shutdown of Google Reader earlier this year means that none of the services [we] rely upon are sacrosanct if they are not profitable enough for them.” 

Cook has crafted an open-source Genesis application - so anyone can download and run arkOS. Check it out and if you like it, make sure to donate to Cook’s crowd funding campaign.

Are You a Front-End Developer Looking For a Job? Look No Further:


JAM Direct, located in Toronto is looking for a ‘Junior to Intermediate Front-End Developer’ – Could this be you? Read more below:


Job Description

We’re looking for a Junior to Intermediate Front-End Developer for an onsite contract.

The ideal candidate is an HTML/CSS programmer with the drive to make things pixel-perfect. From speedy Photoshop skills to solid cut-up work that generates valid HTML 5, XHTML and CSS markup, we’re looking for someone who can really make the work sing. If you can look at any website and instantly know how it was built, and what trade-offs were made when balancing the merits of the design against the demands of SEO, CMS, cross-browser compatibility and mobile support – then please give us a call.


Desired Skills & Experience

What we’re looking for from a good front-end developer:

1.) Code HTML Emails:

  • Take a completed PSD and build email-client-friendly HTML
  • Create low-k animated gifs
  • Understand the theory behind responsive design (so you can use our template and make it happen)
  • Run test deployments and inbox inspections

2.) Code websites and WordPress sites:

  • Take completed PSDs and build valid HTML 5,XTML and CSS markups
  • Load templates into WordPress and ensure all dynamic elements (nav, content area, etc.) function as designed
  • Make any and all updates to WordPress sites (content, plug-ins, theme and style updates)

3.) Basic knowledge of PHP:

  • Apply CSS and layout changes to dynamic PHP sites
  • Work with senior developers to ensure the styles are applied without breaking anything
  • Make minor scripting changes in PHP and similar script based languages

4. Qualifications:

  • Formal training (minimum 1-year course) in website design and development
  •  Fluency in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), Email Deployments and CMS Systems
  • The knowledge that Firebug is not actually a bug on fire

devto 30: Wrapping up the year with IdeaNotion and CodeProject

Hey, everyone!

With this month’s edition of #DevTO we enter our “dirty thirties” and wrap up a year full of awesome talks and events. Get a recap on what happened this year by checking out the talks and video section of our site! A few months ago we also started trying out a monthly Google Hangout, check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. In December we will be having our second annual tech social in partnership with the other tech communities in Toronto!

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We’ve got two great presentations this month! The last devTO of the year! You coming or what?!  Get your tickets


Making mobile app updates easier for developers and users

Mobile app developers and users are constantly plagued with the task of updating their apps with bug fixes and new features. Developers have to resubmit the new app to the store, while users have to download updates as they become available. Our talk will focus on an alternative approach to this and show how an hybrid app (native and HTML5) can automatically push updates directly to users without republishing the app. Michael Siu and Raymond Tsang are partners and developers at IdeaNotion, a lean software consulting firm delivering enterprise web and mobile solutions.They are also the creators of IdeaPress, a platform that empowers the transformation of WordPress websites into mobile apps. Michael and Raymond love everything to do with mobile and cross-platform technologies and are always looking for new ways to innovate in the field.

Learn more about one of the first online coding communities in the world

CodeProject is celebrating its 10 millionth member milestone, and continues to be a go-to resource for developers around the globe Agency Partner. Carrie is Director of  Marketing for CodeProject Solutions, and the Senior Product Manager of CodeProject.TV.  She has held management positions at several technology companies, including co-founding a computer reseller that grew into a $20-million business.   She is currently directing the marketing and business development team at CodeProject Solutions, and works with one of the greatest coding communities in the world, CodeProject.

Sean Ewington is the Content Manager for CodeProject.   His background in programming is primarily C++ and HTML, but has experience in other, “unsavoury” languages. He loves movies, and likes to say “inconceivable” often, even if it does not mean what he thinks it means.  He works with developers acros

s the globe through his role at CodeProject.





And… here are our sponsors!

Agency Partner

Community is a dynamic and audacious, vertically integrated agency representing the digital, social, production and experiential arms of Pulp&Fiber. The Community is a multilingual, digitally focused agency with traditional expertise working on a variety of high level brands in the lifestyle sector. Community works with international clients in the Canadian market to create global partnerships that are mutually beneficial and directly support the business needs of the brands they represent.

Gold Sponsors

OANDA is an innovator and world leader in online foreign exchange trading and currency services. We have created a powerful trading engine that allows clients around the world to trade quickly and with confidence. We’re proud to have recently been named one of The 10 Non-California Tech Companies You Wished You Worked For by Wired magazine, and we’re growing, so please check out our Recruiting Page to see how you can make a difference!
To learn more about OANDA, our website and Forex LabNotes blog are great places to get started.

Make your app the next big thing! It’s time to get motivated with The Developer Manifesto. We are the game changers. We won’t settle for second best. We are the ones who know hard work pays off and that victory is only an app away. We know that if we don’t build it, they won’t come, but when we do, we’ll create a phenomenon. We are the imaginative, the creative and the driven. We are going to Start Something! Join the Developer Movement today.

Silver Sponsors

Mercatus Technologies enables retailers and advertisers to achieve competitive advantage, boost brand equity, and improve financial performance. Leveraging Mercatus’ smart shopping technology on a cross-channel marketing level, achieve the ultimate one-to-one relationship with shoppers throughout their buying cycle—from intent to influence to purchase. Check out their career page – they’re hiring PHP developers!


Ross & Bank is a business-oriented law firm committed to providing its clients with superior representation. We serve a diverse range of clients, including entrepreneurs, large businesses, private individuals and other lawyers. Practicing in the areas of Commercial and Business Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Wills and Estates and Energy Law, the firm’s practice is rooted in a commitment to hard work, integrity and professionalism.

Myplanet Digital emerged in 2009 with a commitment to unifying meaningful user experience design with technical excellence. We’re a quickly growing team of over 90 designers, developers, and business types headquartered in Toronto, Canada. We embrace everything digital, but design and build primarily for web, mobile, and tablet form factors.

Special Sponsor


Orderit is all about great food, delivered. Our service is Canadian started, owned and operated. We love working with local Restaurants and Chefs. And we LOVE serving quality delivery food to customers like You! Our Mission is simple: provide an online source for great food, delivered to your home / office. Orderit proudly serves quality local Restaurants!