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#devto 28 – Accessibility 101: Beat the Tsunami with a Wave & 10 tips in 10 minutes

Summer’s come to a close and #devto’s taking YOU to school! We’ve got a Web Accessibility 101 Night happening September 30th – 6:30 at Achievers in Liberty Village! We’ve returned to our old stomping grounds for this momentus scholastic return!

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10 tips in 10 minutes – Bill Gregory

“But what can we do right NOW?” Every developer new to accessibility asks this question at some point. Billy Gregory will offer developers new to accessibility 10 “Day 1″ tips they can use immediately to improve the accessibility of their work.

Billy Gregory is an accessibility professional and Sr. Accessibility Engineer with The Paciello Group. As a former front-end developer, Billy can relate to many of the challenges and apprehension faced by developers who are new to accessibility. He enjoys working with developers of all levels of experience to strengthen their skills and understanding of accessibility. Billy is active in the Accessibility Community as an advocate, practitioner, and public speaker.

 

 

 

Beat the Tsunami – Patrick Dunphy

Patrick’s goal for this session is to help demystify accessibility by demonstrating easy to use testing tools that anyone can leverage and start using immediately.

Like most developers, Patrick remembers well the questions he faced during his first forays into accessibility. Developing interfaces since ’99 and working specifically with Digital Accessibility since 2007, he’s learned firsthand that with proper awareness & planning, accessibility does not have to be complicated.

 

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#devto’s 50% discount to AngelHackTO this weekend

Howdy folks,
One of Toronto’s best hackathons – AngelHackTO -is around the corner. As usual, we have your discounted tickets right here! Get a ticket to AngelHackTO for half price! The discount code – DevTo – will get you in to compete against some of the city’s best and brightest interactive scene members. Devs, designers, PMs, idea people – you name it! Worth checking out! Enter here!

Lean Startup Machine Returns April 26

 

On April 26th to the 28th Lean Startup Machine (LSM) returns to Toronto for its next go around. Lean Startup Machine is a three-day workshop where attendees learn the fundamentals of Customer Development and Lean Startup principles to validate their ideas for a new product or service.

You can pitch your idea t build a team of like-minded people to see if that idea can move the market or you can join a team, or bring your team to the event to help you take the next step with your idea. LSM is all about helping you to test your idea. We

LSM was founded by Trevor Owens who has built his own company based on helping innovators validate their ideas and challenge their own assumptions and biases. Currently Trevor is working on a book titled “Build Measure Learn” to help innovators like you learn how to put your ideas to the test and see if they can soar or if they need a course correction or two.

#DevTO will be giving away two tickets to LSM Toronto this Wednesday. All you have to do to participate is follow @devto and tweet:

#devto take me to #LSMtoronto http://bit.ly/17Bkkvj

by day’s end on Wednesday to have a chance and help us spread the word. Good luck to everyone and thanks for your continued support of #DevTO, you are why we do what we do.

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#DevTO 22 – 30 years of Software Engineering & Building Browser Extensions

With jQueryTO’s roaring success last weekend, and us getting to 21 sprints in nearly 2 years, #devto’s back in full swing before its’ birthday! If you HAVE NOT been, please do attend!

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If you missed last month’s speakers check them out here. Greg Wilson will measure out his 30 years in the software game as Mathieu Gosbee will be giving us more 411 on browsers! Seriously – Don’t miss it! The full details are below! More tickets will be opened at 8pm on March 5th.
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We Know (But Ignore) More Than We Think

Greg Wilson – Creator of Software Carpentry

Over the past thirty years, software engineering researchers have learned a lot about how software actually gets built, and about which tools and practices make developers more productive.  However, most working programmers don’t know these studies exist, and don’t base their own work on the best available evidence. This talk will describe a more of the most interesting results, and explore why the gulf between research and practice persists.

Greg Wilson is the creator of Software Carpentry, a crash course in computing skills for scientists and engineers.  He has worked for 25 years in high-performance computing, data visualization, computer security, and academia, has been on the editorial board of “Doctor Dobb’s Journal” and “Computing in Science and Engineering”, and is the author or editor of several books on computing (including the 2008 Jolt Award winner “Beautiful Code”) and two for children. Greg received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1993.

 

 

Browser extensions! Chrome, Firefox and what the *bleep* am I doing?

Mathieu Gosbee – Co-founder of Groupnotes
Mathieu came to out to his first #DevTO in November last year looking for votes for Groupnotes in the Global Starup Battle. At #DevTO 22 he is going to tell us what he has learned about building browser extensions.

Mathieu is a Prince Edward Island born Canadian, a recent Startup Weekend Toronto winner for the team Groupnotes. He was awesome at Counter-Strike as a kid- not so much anymore. Now he spends his days coding in pure JavaScript (no, not that silly CoffeeScript stuff). Node.JS is awesome. ‘Nuff said!

 

 

Did you know we’re also holding another event on March 10th? Come out to start learning how to build apps for Windows 8 with HTML 5 Toronto, TorontoJS and Make Web Not War.

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#DevTO 21: Documenting User Interfaces & How it went down at Startup Weekend Toronto

Last month was one of our biggest #DevTO’s yet and a lot have told us it was one of the best as well! So – your mission this month (if you choose to accept it) is to attend #DevTO (if you have never before) and make one person you know come out with you as well! Here are the topics for this month:

 

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If you missed last month’s speakers check them out here. We’re bringing in Darcy Clarke to discuss Documenting User Interfaces and Graham Kennery will share some experience from the team that won Startup Weekend Toronto! Don’t miss it! The full details are below! More tickets will be opened at 8pm on February 4th.
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Documenting User Interfaces

Darcy Clarke – Senior UX Developer at Polar Mobile

On boarding someone new to a foreign project can be time consuming. Creating a platform or project that is meant to be used by thousands of people, with many moving parts, dependancies and paradigms will gain zero traction if good documentation and resources aren’t provided. To add to this, until now, generating UI documentation has been mostly neglected. Developers focus on documenting functionality in JavaScript while leaving out critical HTML and CSS techniques/paradigms. In my talk, I’ll address this issue and dive into new tools and conventions that any front end project or team can implement easily and help others understand their thinking and architecture.

Darcy if you haven’t already ran into him in Toronto is an award winning Frontend Developer, Designer, User Experience Advocate & Entrepreneur.

Darcy is the co-founder of Themify, a commercial WordPress theme company & DealPage, a Daily Deal Aggregatoram. He currently works at Polar Mobile as a Senior UX Developer & Platform Evangelist for MediaEverywhere.

 

How it Went down at Startup Weekend Toronto

Graham Kennery – Co-founder & Application Architect at Groupnotes

What do you do when you only have 54 hours to validate and start a business? Where do you even begin? What code do you write to win, and what code do you write to keep? A strategy to hacking together a platform that will not only work, but will lay that foundation for the months to come. This is the developer’s perspective on what could end up being the most stressful-yet-rewarding weekend of your life.
After winning two consecutive Startup Weekend events, Graham’s been thrown right into the fire of startups. While learning first-hand about a community he hardly knew existed, he attempts to specialize in “making shit work” without coding himself into a corner.

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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.

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Join us for the first ever jQuery Conference in Canada, where we will investigate cutting-edge tools and techniques for building stunning, interactive web and mobile experiences. Collaborate with developers from Toronto and all across the country who will be coming together for two days filled with incredible sessions from some of the biggest names in JavaScript and thought leaders
who are defining how we navigate through our connected world. jQueryTO will be happening March 2nd and 3rd, 2013!


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#devTO 20: What does it take to find a co-founder And RIM BB10 Development

Wow! What a year! 2012′s in the bag as we’ve wrapped up another #devTO gift for all of you! For those who waited for us to come back in December… sorry, we were too busy doing this, this, and this. For those who came out in the yule tide fashion to the Ye Old Tech Social, The Startup Kids Screening, and hohoto party, with us: thanks for coming out! With 2012 out of the way, #devTO is entering 2013 in a big way!

 

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If you missed last month’s speakers check them out here. We have Naveenan Murugesu from RIM to speak on BlackBerry 10 development platforms and Eli Aleyner, from Xtreme Labs, speaking on What does it take to find a co-founder. Don’t miss it!  The full details are below! More tickets will be opened at 8pm on January 7th.
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Garett Beukeboom – BlackBerry 10 development platforms

GarettBlackBerry is an open platform that provides a variety of development languages and runtimes designed to fit your skills. Your choice of development language will be based on a combination of familiarity, pre-existing codebase, and the target devices you’re looking to serve.Each application approach (Android™, Adobe® AIR®, HTML5/WebWorks, Native C/C++) is tailored for the developer communities supporting these environments. Whether you are looking to create a tailored BlackBerry experience using Native/WebWorks/Java or wanting to take your application code base cross platform with HTML5/Android/Adobe AIR, there’s a solution for you.

Garett is an Application Development Consultant with the Developer Relations team at RIM with focus on monetization technologies and push. As a member of the Developer Relations Team, Garett manages provides support to the developer community as well as partner developers. Garett’s development background consists of a degree in Computer Science and almost 5 years working with BlackBerry development and developers at RIM.

Eli Aleyner and Mani Fazeli – What does it take to find a co-founder?

Eli Aleyner strongly believe that finding the right co-founder for a venture is one of the most important tasks for any entrepreneur. As an MD for FounderDating in Toronto, Eli has observed how enterprenuers go about recruiting their co-founders. In this short session, Eli wi’ll share some of the patterns that work and also some of the things to avoid when looking for co-founders and launching a new venture.

Eli is one of the Managing Directors for FounderDating in Toronto. Founder Dating is a premier North American network for entrepreneurs to meet co-founders. In this role Eli interacts with hundreds of entrepreneurs and has been able to observe the creation of founding teams in dozens of new ventures.

Eli is also a senior product manager at XtremeLabs where he works with some of the worlds largest brands on their mobile strategy and products. Previously, he held engineering and product positions at Amazon and Microsoft. In his free time (a rarity), he enjoys running, traveling, sailing and skiing.

Mani has co-founded three companies and fostered their growth from inception to steady execution in a variety of industries. He typically holds a technical role while helping address operations, branding, and fund raising needs. Mani graduated from the University of Toronto (M.Sc. Medical Biophysics) and the University of Waterloo (B.A.Sc. Computer Engineering).

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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.

New Relic provides a service to track and monitor end-user experience in real-time including details like page load times, page rendering and performance metrics by page to help you identify browser performance patterns and troubleshoot performance issues your users may be experiencing. It’s a developer’s best friend for application performance monitoring for Ruby, PHP, .NET, Java and Python web applications!

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Join us for the first ever jQuery Conference in Canada, where we will investigate cutting-edge tools and techniques for building stunning, interactive web and mobile experiences. Collaborate with developers from Toronto and all across the country who will be coming together for two days filled with incredible sessions from some of the biggest names in JavaScript and thought leaders
who are defining how we navigate through our connected world. jQueryTO will be happening March 2nd and 3rd, 2013!


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FounderDating – Start With The Right People

When people mention startup hubs, San Francisco, Boston, and now even New York come up right away. But after returning from the West coast in mid 2011, Eli Aleyner and Mani Fazeli saw huge potential in Toronto’s booming startup community. Amazing talent, great universities and new startup accelerators have them believing that Toronto can be part of this short list. That’s why they are Managing Directors of FounderDating for Toronto – working to solve what they believe is one of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs today – connecting with the right people to get started (aka cofounders).“What Eli and I saw when we returned was a rich tech scene for the startup community to interact. On the other hand, it was difficult to find people with complementary skills and mindsets that were also ready to get started on something new” says Fazeli. “There was no good way to identify and talk with people that were ready to make the leap.”When the Toronto community unlocked FounderDating in mid 2012, Mani and Eli volunteered to help lead local efforts for the premier online network for entrepreneurs to the local community. FounderDating is an invite-only online network, with a balance between technical and business focused members (in fact 50% of FD members are engineers), that caters specifically to people who are ready to to start their next side-project or company. Every few months new members are welcomed through a kickoff event, but FounderDating delivers most of its value through its LinkedIn style online network. The difference? Not only does FounderDating screen members but they also have information about what people want to work on next.

“The focus is on people, not their ideas – since at the earliest stages ideas almost always change, but people rarely do,” says Aleyner. In fact you don’t even need to have an idea to apply. “Having reviewed hundreds of applications, it is clear to us that Toronto has some of the most talented people around, and they are ready to jump into new ventures.” Both believe that finding the right co-founder makes all the difference. “It is apparent that finding the right co-founders is a huge part of any company’s success and we are happy to be helping entrepreneurs increase their odds of starting off right” Fazeli added.

If you’ve been working on a side-project and are ready to find the right partners or even waiting for an opportunity to meet the right people before you get started, now is the time to checkout FounderDating and apply online. If you want to be included in the next kickoff, do it by January 11, 2013.  What are you waiting for – let’s make Toronto part of that short list!

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The Windows Store Opportunity–Why You Should Care

Here’s a post from Paul Laberge on Windows 8:

You’re an app developer because you build software. Maybe your software is targeted at the web. Maybe it’s targeted at Android, iOS, Blackberry or some other mobile platform. Maybe it’s server-based or cloud-based. It could be Mac OS X, Linux or (yes) even Windows. Regardless of where you build your software or where that software resides in its end state, you clearly are an app developer.

As you can tell, there are lots of options for you to deliver your vision and it’s very possible your app is targeting more than one platform. With the release of Windows 8 last week, another platform is available to you and as a result your options have grown. Windows 8 is not the Windows that you have used in the past. The slogan used at Microsoft is “Windows, Reimagined” and it truly is. If you have not seen Windows 8 in action, you can check out some videos here or you can even download a 90 day trial of the operating system here.

So why should you care about Windows 8 as an app developer? There are several reasons that may make sense and appeal to you:

  • Windows has a very large install base and that user base appears to be upgrading to Windows 8 in large numbers
  • Windows 8 has a built in app store called the Windows Store that will get your app noticed more effectively
  • You can build Windows Store apps with the skills you already know and use (you can build truly native Windows Store apps in HTML/JS/CSS, C++, C# and VB).

How you can get started

Your time is limited so we try to make it as easy as possible for you to get started building Windows Store apps. Below are the resources you’ll want to look at:

  • Windows Store app design site: Visit this site to get guidance on how to design your app’s experience and flow. This site will challenge you to define what your app is awesome at and make it a focus for your UI and app experience.
  • Windows Store app developer site: The one-stop shop for getting the SDK and free tools needed for building your Windows Store app. Also on this site are literally thousands of code samples that you can use in your apps or to learn from (in all supported platform languages).
  • The Windows Store portal: The main web portal for the Windows Store. This site has guidance for iOS developers, Android developers, web developers and others on how to port their apps to the Windows Store.
  • Woot Studio: Microsoft Canada’s blog focusing on app development and design. Get tips and tricks from Microsoft Canada’s developer division on how to build great app experiences.

You’re invited to Windows 8 Pure Imagination

You may have received an invitation via the #devTO Meetup group regarding Microsoft Canada’s premier Windows Store app development conference called Pure Imagination. It is being held in Toronto on November 24-25, 2012 and this conference will give you all the in-person guidance you need to get a head start on building your Windows Store app.

The conference is free and is packed with some of the best developers presenting how to build amazing Windows Store apps. It’s also pretty exclusive as we are being selective as to who gets to attend and as a member of #devTO, you’re in the “in-crowd”. Are you in? Great – you can register here!

There might be a few cool surprises there as well. So if you are thinking of passing on attending, give it a second thought; you might be happy you did.

Join the Developer Movement

If you think there is a good opportunity for you in building apps for the Windows Store, then that’s great! Even if you don’t, you may want to look at this extra incentive program we are running in Canada for building and publishing Windows Store apps (as well as Windows Phone apps and Windows Azure services). You can check out the Developer Movement site here for more info.

Have questions? No problem.

If you have questions, we’re here to answer them. My name is Paul Laberge, a GTA-based Technical Evangelist for Microsoft and focused on our app platform (Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Azure). If you want to talk to me, you can email me or find me on Twitter or LinkedIn – give me a shout and I’ll be happy to help!

#DevTO 19 – Connecting Things & CoffeeScript with Node.js

Looks like #devto’s just turned legal age… in months! Thanks to all who battled the Sandy aftermath to hang out with us!

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If you missed last month’s speakers check them out here. We have Anita from Veriday and Faisal from Kobo this month talking about Connecting Things & CoffeeScript with Node.js.
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Anita Katakkar – Connecting Things

Anita Katakkar

Steve Jobs describes the creative process as “connecting things”. Similarly, the creative process when collaborating can be described as connecting things that come from different origins. Software developers collaborate each time they work with individuals from varied backgrounds or when they develop systems that need to communicate. Similarly, musicians are creating more unique collaborations than ever before as the granularity in labelling music genres increases. Often these collaborations mean traveling unchartered territory. During this session, Anita will discuss similarities in her experiences of collaborating in music and software design, discuss some basic principles of collaboration and demonstrate these principles in musical practice.

Anita Katakkar is classically trained in playing “tabla”, a drum that originates from India. With Indian/Scottish roots in multicultural Toronto, Anita Katakkar’s music practice represents a link between her heritage and community. She has performed, toured internationally and recorded with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Jeff Martin and has toured nationally with The Tea Party. In her latest fusion project “Rakkatak” (http://www.rakkatak.com), Anita has teamed up with local Toronto musicians to create an atmospheric backdrop for her tabla compositions.

Faisal Abid – CoffeeScript with Node.js

Node.js is kick-ass, but when writing large scale apps Javascript does get messy. Learn why Dropbox said F-u to their Javascript and went to CoffeeScript, and how you can too! We will cover the basics of CoffeeScript and Node, then jump right into why CoffeeScript and Node.js are like Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Faisal is an author published by Manning (at age 17) and O’Reilly and has also appeared in leading publications with articles on ColdFusion and Flex. Faisal also teaches Android development at the Rich Media Institute, as well as give presentations at FITC, Riadventure and other conferences on Android, Node.js, CoffeeScript and various other topics. Previously Faisal served as the CTO for MatchFuel and its predecessor AndSpot. From server-side and database challenges to the the front end issues, Faisal loves solving problems and strives to create software that can make a difference. Currently, he is a Software Engineer at Kobo on the Android tablet team.

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Headstart Solutions is a social recruiting and career development agency. We specialize in social media recruiting on-demand and outsourcing solutions, using the latest social media tools and methodologies to engage, recruit, and stay in touch with the best talent.
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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.

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Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. Startup Weekend Toronto is a non-profit event and all ticket proceeds go towards creating an awesome event for everyone to enjoy. Purchase your tickets here for their next weekend in Toronto from Nov 9th to Nov 11th 2012.


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An Important Announcement about #devTO 17

if you’re coming to #devTO 17, there’s something that we need to tell you:

Hey everyone,
We’ve got good news and bad news. I know it’s a weekend, but better we didn’t have too many surprises to look at a few days before the event. First, the bad news:

Tom Green will not be able to present this month…

Now, for the good news:
Doesn’t mean that Adobe is TOTALLY out of the picture at the upcoming #devto! Matt Fabb will be taking helm of the technical talk with PhoneGap, joining Jason Theodor. As for Tom, we’ll be seeing him next month! Same presentation, but different time! #devto is STILL on, people! Still. On.

Well… it wasn’t all THAT bad, was it?

See you guys in a couple of weeks!
The #devTO folks