Web Development SIG: So Long, and Thanks for all the Free Web Development Training!

Blog Date: 
Sat Nov 19th 2016

Web Development SIG: So Long, and Thanks for all the Free Web Development Training!

Today, November 19, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., the third Saturday of this month, seems like an appropriate day to formally announce that I will not be running the Web Development Special Interest Group (Web Development SIG -- WebSIGCleveland.org) any longer. I chose today to announce this because the Web Development SIG has met on the third Saturday of most months for the last 10 years.

The main purpose of posting this today is to thank the many presenters who have made the Web Development SIG a success. You will see some of their names listed in historical content below. Thank you to those who have made presentations during my tenure -- January 21, 2006 to March 9, 2016 -- and to those who worked with my predecessors. I truly will miss learning from you.

I have been thinking about making this announcement since August 2016. I delayed making the decision to step down from leading the Web Development SIG, since I truly enjoyed this experience. A big part of me is already missing it.

The Web Development SIG has been providing FREE web development training since the late 1990's. It has always been vendor-neutral, providing exposure to a variety of web-related technologies, content development, usability, and accessibility (see historical topics listed below). I believe it is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, SIGs (Special Interests Groups) in Greater Cleveland.

Web Development SIG -- WebSIGCleveland.org 2008 - 2016

Here is the historical content from the WebSIGCleveland.org website for the meetings I ran from September 20, 2008, through July 29, 2016. (Note that since this is old content, many of the links will not work.) WebSIGCleveland.org was hosted within the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG) website (thank you, Jim Evans @geekclean), where I used the Wild Apricot (WildApricot.com) membership management system to create meeting listings.

FYI, the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG - @GCPCUG) was founded in 1982, and also ended this year on June 11, 2016. I was on the GCPCUG board of directors from January 2001 through December 2008, as their treasurer and website designer.

Thank you also to the Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG - @CDPUG) who also gave me administrative access to put Web Development SIG meeting notices on their website.

What follows is the HTML taken directly from the WebSIGCleveland.org website.

Web SIG Cleveland
WebSigCleveland.org (#WebSigCLE)


The WebSigCleveland.org is partnered jointly with the Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group & the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group. WebSigCleveland.org provides monthly web development educational programs on the third Saturday of most months.

Email Notices: The SIG uses the Yahoo! Group websigcleveland (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/websigcleveland/) to send notices about the Web Development SIG. Sign up for the websigcleveland group to receive notices.

Website: You can use www.WebSigCleveland.org to come back to this web page. Please come back again for updates on meeting information. Please add the www.WebSigCleveland.org link to your website or blog, so that others can learn about us.

Location: Notre Dame College, 4545 College Rd, South Euclid Check meeting announcement below for room details.

Leaders & Links: Frank Mitch & Stuart Smith - Contact information & favorite websites

Cost: Free & open to all

Past Meetings: We are very proud that there has been an active web related SIG since the late 1990's.  Check out some of our history.

 

WebSigCleveland.org - No Meeting So Everyone Can Attend Cleveland GiveCamp

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 29 Jul 2016
  • 5:00 PM
  • 31 Jul 2016
  • 6:30 PM
  • LeanDog Software - 1151 North Marginal Road - Cleveland, OH 44114
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our July 2016 meeting will not be at our normal location nor in our regular format. Instead, WebSigCleveland.org Members are invited to assist local non-profits by attending....

Cleveland GiveCamp

Cleveland GiveCamp is an event that connects technology talent with the needs of local Cleveland charities. You must be registered on the Cleveland GiveCamp website to attend.

Learn more and sign up for this exciting weekend event at: www.ClevelandGiveCamp.org

Cleveland GiveCamp

WebSigCleveland.org - Presentation on IoT and Azure

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 19 Mar 2016
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 123, Regina Complex, Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Road, (formerly Regina High School building) South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

On March 19, 2016, .Net developer Sam Nasr(@SamNasr) will do a presentation on IoT and Azure.

Please join us to learn more about Internet of Things (IoT) and Microsoft Azure cloud services.

 

Speaker Bio:

Sam Nasr (@SamNasr) has been a software developer since 1995, focusing mostly on Microsoft technologies. Having achieved multiple certifications from Microsoft (MCAD, MCTS(MOSS), and (MCT), Sam develops, teaches, and tours the country to present various topics in .Net Framework. He is also actively involved with the Cleveland C#/VB.Net User Group, where he has been the group leader since 2003. In addition, he also started the Cleveland WPF User Group, and an author for Visual Studio Magazine.
When not coding, Sam loves spending time with his family and friends or volunteering at his local church.

 

Please see the meeting location map and directions for the room location.

WebSigCleveland.org - The ROI of Analytics

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 20 Feb 2016
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 123, Regina Complex, Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Road, (formerly Regina High School building) South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Justine Timoteo (@JustineTimoteo) of Insivia (@Insivia), a strategic marketing agency, will present on the return on investment of web analytics.

Analytics is a top priority for organizations, but one that is often ignored or misinterpreted. Knowing what tactics are working, how people are using your site, tracking goals and more, are imperative.

Often, analytics is challenging, with an overwhelming amount of data, new features, and no clear way to understand what the information indicates. Our goal for the event is to provide a foundational level to understand analytics and see tactics for interpretation.

Justine Timoteo is a Marketing Strategist at Insivia, who serves as a high-level advisor and go-to person for strategy and customer happiness. Most of her days are spent developing marketing plans that incorporate content strategy and creation, SEO, demand generation tactics, and marketing automation.

When she’s not developing successful strategies or reading up on the latest marketing trends, she’s off exploring Cleveland or adding stamps in her passport. Connect with Justine on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Please see the meeting location map and directions for the room location.

WebSigCleveland.org - Business Model Canvas Suite

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 16 Jan 2016
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 123, Regina Complex, Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Road, (formerly Regina High School building) South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Business Model Canvas Suite is rapidly being adapted by businesses and software companies. It is a “living” version of the business plan, but instead of using sentences and paper, one uses “sticky” notes on a wall “canvas.” It visually clarifies what you are doing and why.

So many programmers are “told” what to code. This workshop will broaden your horizon to the process of “why” something needs to be coded. What happens before code is written?

We are going to walk through the first canvas in the suite, creating the Value Proposition Map, which identifies the customer’s needs, pains, and gains, and how well it maps to our (workshop) website. So see how you can validate what, why, and how you should make the website long before you write a line of code.

Sue Marrone (@suem821) facilitates the Business Model Canvas Suite and has done so for many companies large and small, including Prince George Community College, Washington, DC; and the Ohio Department of Transportation, Department of Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion.

 

Please see the meeting location map and directions for the room location.

WebSigCleveland.org - Introduction to Sass (stylesheet language)

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 19 Dec 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 123, Regina Complex, Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Road, (formerly Regina High School building) South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Have you ever wondered if you should be using a CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) preprocessor on your projects? The answer is YES!

In this talk, Rachel Lopez (@RachelJoyyyyy) will cover the basics of CSS preprocessors and take a shallow dive into Sass, one of the more popular CSS extension languages.

Sass (Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets)is a scripting language that is interpreted into CSS.

Rachel Lopez is a front-end developer at Rosetta Marketing(@RosettaMktg) with a passion for clean code, collaboration, and cocktails. In her free time, you can find her tutoring with Minds Matter of Cleveland (@MindsMatterCLEV), mentoring girls interested in tech with Her Ideas in Motion (@HERIdeas), or exploring Cleveland’s theatre districts and tasty restaurant scene.

 

Please note new room and building location for 2015: Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - How to be More Creative in Web Design

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 21 Nov 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 123, Regina Complex, Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Road, (formerly Regina High School building) South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to be More Creative in Web Design will be presented by Marc Majers (@LeadingHands), Senior User Experience Designer at OnBase by Hyland (@OnBase).

Please note new room and building location for 2015: Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - So You Think You Know Podcasting

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 17 Oct 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 123, Regina Complex, Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Road, (formerly Regina High School building) South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

So You Think You Know Podcasting

During this session, Kevin Lockett (@KevinLockett) will discuss how he created his Digital Life with Kevin Lockett podcast and how creating a podcast is not as hard or easy as it seems.

Included in the workshop, you will learn:

  • The Show Process
  • Equipment/Software
  • Distribution
  • Promotion
  • Finding Guests
  • Show Ideas
  • Audio vs. Video
  • Audience Building
  • Branding

Kevin Lockett is a Social Media Strategist based in Akron, Ohio, where he also host and produces "The Digital Life with Kevin Locket” podcast.

Kevin’s career kicked off in 2008 after seeing a presentation about social media at E.J. Thomas Hall.

“I used to have all these ideas in my head, but I didn’t have the tech savvy skills to flesh them out or live in a big city like New York where my content could be published; but after seeing social media pioneer, David Meerman Scott’s lecture, I learned that there were platforms that would allow me to take my media and marketing thoughts and turn them into reality.”

From that forward, Kevin has worked on various digital projects, starting with Lock 3 Park in 2008, The Summit of Sustainability Awards, United Way’s Project Blueprint, The Global Village Festival and former Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic’s last Mayoral campaign.

After attending workshops at the Akron Digital Media Center, Kevin learned how to effectively shoot and edit video, which led the former DJ to launch his audio podcast “The Digital Life Kevin Lockett” (DigitalKev.com) podcast in 2013, where he has interviewed influencers in social media and pop culture including renowned ballerina Misty Copeland, Time Magazine’s Joel Stein, Cali Lewis from Geek Beat Live and Forbes Magazine’s Zack O’Malley Greenburg.

In 2015, Kevin created “Code Akron" (CodeAkron.com), where he introduces urban youth to technology through coding and business. Also this year, Kevin wrote and published first eBook, So You Think You Know Content Marketing which recently hit #3 on Amazon's Best Sellers in Computers & Technology Short Reads list

A pop culture junkie at heart, it is not unusual for Kevin to watch The Walking Dead, Charlie Rose or General Hospital, while researching his next podcast interview or tweeting frantically during the Emmys, The Oscars, MTV Awards as well as The Tonys, while keeping an eye on the Cavs in the finals. #GoCAVS

Please note new room and building location for 2015: Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - Introduction to Web Application Vulnerability

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 19 Sep 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 123, Regina Complex, Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Road, (formerly Regina High School building) South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Though it is often thought that breaches occur through complicated techniques, the vast majority of website breaches and application vulnerabilities are the result of relatively simple attacks on known weaknesses in web application functionality.

In this Introduction to Web Application Vulnerability talk, Tom Pieragastini will discuss some of these vulnerabilities and some simple ways that developers can test their own applications and prevent some of these common vectors of attack from leading to a breach.

Tom Pieragastini has been working in information security professionally for only a short time, but has engaged in years of research on vulnerabilities and security. He has been a participant and security consultant on projects at Cleveland GiveCamp 2015, the Fix216 Hackathon and other events in the Greater Cleveland area.

9/11/15 New room for the fall is confirmed: Room 123

Please note new room and building location for 2015: Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - No Meeting So Everyone Can Attend Cleveland GiveCamp

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 17 Jul 2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • 19 Jul 2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • LeanDog Software - 1151 North Marginal Road - Cleveland, OH 44114
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our July 2015 meeting will not be at our normal location nor in our regular format. Instead, WebSigCleveland.org Members are invited to assist local non-profits by attending....

Cleveland GiveCamp

Cleveland GiveCamp is an event that connects technology talent with the needs of local Cleveland charities. You must be registered on the Cleveland GiveCamp website to attend.

Learn more and sign up for this exciting weekend event at: www.ClevelandGiveCamp.org

Cleveland GiveCamp

WebSigCleveland.org - Akronist TV

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 21 Mar 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 121, Regina Complex, Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Road, (formerly Regina High School building) South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Please come to the presentation on March 21, 2015, to learn about the new Akronist TV.

The presentation will include Chris Miller and Blue Green, both from the Akron Digital Media Center. They will demonstrate a new studio that uses mobile devices and can be used to produce broadcast shows, live streaming, and other functions. They will also explore ways in which this system will benefit neighborhoods, schools, and other organizations. We’ll also cover some of the Media Center’s other services and offerings, along with Akronist.com’s (@Akronist) mission.

Along with serving as a Community Investment Officer for the Akron Community Foundation, Chris Miller is director of the Akron Digital Media Center. He previously worked as a senior editor and Web publisher for a group of national automotive trade magazines. He also spent five years as a reporter and editor for a number of local papers. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in mass media/communications from the University of Akron, and is a musician and writer.

Please note new room and building location for 2015: Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - What Content Management Systems Hath Wrought

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 21 Feb 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 121, Regina Complex, Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Road, (formerly Regina High School building) South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What Content Management Systems Hath Wrought--A Brief Look at the Revolution in Flexible Online Content

With improvements in content management systems, web copy creators can now easily control the content on their website(s). Content has always been king, but since writers can now more easily place copy on their websites, they now have more responsibility to create high quality content.

At our February 21st meeting, writer, editor, marketing consultant, and writing coach John Ettorre (@WorkinWithWords) will share with us how improvements in content management systems have led to changes in writing workflow. John specializes in developing compelling website content that helps organizations tell their stories online. Since 1996, he has played a central role in developing the message for well over 100 websites, large and small. During that time, he has written web copy for dozens of major brand names, including Travelocity, Wells Fargo, Goodyear, Citizens Bank, GOJO Industries, Sun Trust, Cleveland Clinic, Intercontinental Hotels, and Kay and Jared Jewelers.

Please note new room and building location for 2015: Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - Website Conversion: Stop Turning Visitors Away

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 17 Jan 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 121, Regina Complex, Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Road, (formerly Regina High School building), South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Please note new room and building location for 2015


Every single click a visitor takes, every scroll, every interaction is either a chance to keep or lose them in your process. Understanding how to identify issues and optimize your site to drive visitors through to conversion is an Art and a Science. From Analytics to A/B Testing and Usability, we will look at how to increase conversion and stop turning visitors away.

Presenter Andy Halko (@AndyHalko) is a graduate of John Carroll University. Shortly after graduation, he founded Insivia (@insivia), an integrated marketing and web design firm that is focused on providing clients with successful, results-oriented solutions.

As CEO, Andy brings expertise in marketing, design & technology to hundreds of businesses and organizations throughout the United States, yet focuses within Northeast Ohio.

Andy is also a public speaker and has spoken around the area on marketing, business, entrepreneurial, and sales topics.

WebSigCleveland.org - Designing a Community: Rethinking an Educational Website

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 20 Dec 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Daniel Young (@DanYoungDXY), Founder and Principal Partner of DXY Solutions, LLC (@DXYdoes), will present a case study on a web project for the Akron Public Schools (@AkronSchools). The project for the school system went beyond just a simple website redesign to encompass the development of an online community.

Akron Public Schools' website wasn't working. It was impossible to navigate, tedious to manage, and it obscured the accomplishments and vibrancy of the district, its staff, and most importantly, its students. DXY Solutions took on the redesign project with a fresh approach. Meeting with parents, teachers, and administrators, they researched the needs of Akron Public Schools and what they hoped to achieve.

The result is a site designed to foster conversation between the community and the district; one that allows for parents and students to communicate with their teachers and administrators in a safe, secure, and protected environment. Users are now empowered to create their own content and to start their own conversation. The overwhelming consensus is that the new site will serve as a catalyst in creating a stronger district with increased enrollment going forward.

Daniel Young founded DXY Solutions in 2006. It is now a highly respected boutique firm with offices today in Berlin, Cleveland and Seattle. DXY is a creative technology agency, whose services include business analysis; interaction and product design; and web, mobile and embedded development. Supported by a team of 23 people, including analysts, designers, artists, engineers, and developers, DXY has enjoyed a 1200 percent average growth rate since 2006, winning a number of business and technology awards in the process.

Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org Meeting canceled

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 15 Nov 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • No Meeting Today
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

November 15, 2014, meeting is canceled. Please watch website for a rescheduled date for:

What Content Management Systems Hath Wrought--A Brief Look at the Revolution in Flexible Online Content

WebSigCleveland.org - Google Fusion Maps & Social Media Strategy

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 18 Oct 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WEWS NewsChannel5 Social Media Specialist Faith Boone(@FaithLBoone) will present on how to create Google Fusion Maps, and touch on effective use of Google+ and Google hangouts. Google's Fusion Tables is an experimental data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share data tables. Faith will show how to use this technology to take tabular data and pull it into a Google map which you can embed on your site.

As the Social Media Specialist for a local television station, Faith has experience with important issues regarding how the station interacts with the public on social media. Faith will also share advice on how to react appropriately on social media as it relates to negative engagement. She will be available to answer your questions regarding developing a social media plan.

Faith Boone's career in journalism started at Sun Newspapers where she learned how beneficial social media is to the news industry. She was then the Social Media Strategist for Stevens Strategic Communications public relations and crisis management firm. Currently, Faith manages all social media for WEWS NewsChannel5, and helps anchors/reporters with social network engagement. She manages resources at the television station, and where appropriate researches analytics for: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, Storify, and Skype.

Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - Getting Started With Git

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 20 Sep 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Git is a distributed revision control and source-code management system with an emphasis on speed, data integrity, and support for distributed, non-linear workflows. Every Git working directory is a full-fledged repository with complete history and full version-tracking capabilities, independent of network access or a central server. Git is free software distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2. Learn more at: http://git-scm.com/

Web developer Dennis Jarecke will be presenting a basic "Getting Started with Git" talk. If you have been putting off learning version control, or want to join in the discussion of best practices, please join us to learn more about this important web development skill.

Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - No Meeting So Everyone Can Attend Cleveland GiveCamp

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 18 Jul 2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • 20 Jul 2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • LeanDog Software - 1151 North Marginal Road - Cleveland, OH 44114
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our July 2014 meeting will not be at our normal location nor in our regular format. Instead, WebSigCleveland.org Members are invited to assist local non-profits by attending....

Cleveland GiveCamp

Cleveland GiveCamp is an event that connects technology talent with the needs of local Cleveland charities. You must be registered on the Cleveland GiveCamp website to attend.

Learn more and sign up for this exciting weekend event at: www.ClevelandGiveCamp.org

Cleveland GiveCamp

WebSigCleveland.org - Integrating UX in Agile

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 17 May 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

There is a common misconception that User Experience (UX) work will slow Agile down. In this session Carol Smith (@carologic) will dispel this theory by sharing her experiences, and the best practices that she has collected through her own work, as well as through attending training and workshops with advanced UX/Agile practitioners.

This presentation will include discussions of how to successfully imbed the UX team; the pros and cons of Agile projects; and the UX team’s responsibilities with regard to prioritization of work. Methods for working with distributed teams will be briefly discussed when team co-location is not feasible.

Finally, Carol will discuss best practices and several successful ways to integrate usability testing methods across iterations.

 

Carol Smith is a regular presenter at conferences internationally and has been working on Agile projects since 2009. She has worked in a wide range of industries including: education, healthcare, government, manufacturing and retail.

Carol has a Master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction and is an active volunteer with User Experience Professionals Association (@UXPA_Int). She tweets @carologic and enjoys running and spending time with her husband and kids.

 

Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - Write the Right Words for the Internet – Words People Read®

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 19 Apr 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WebSigCleveland.org invites you to a content rich session on how to craft content to improve your organic search results and keep readers on your website.

Bill Gates coined the phrase “Content is King” in an article he wrote in January 1996. The saying is even more appropriate 18 years later. Google demands value-laden, authoritative content and associates the words you write with your brand.

Attendees will learn:

  • The difference between traditional marketing content and website content.

  • Tips for writing blog articles.

  • The benefits and best practices for writing newsletters that are opened and shared.

  • How to use content in your social media status updates.

  • The value and creation of an editorial calendar to keep you focused and on track.

Deborah Chaddock Brown, founder and president of AllWrite Ink and The Social Media Roadmap, has been web writing since 2005. She brings more than 25 years of corporate marketing, operational and communication experience to her business clients and focuses on writing Words People Read®.

Deborah is an acclaimed speaker, published author and social media strategist. Follow Deborah on Twitter @TheSMRoadmap, like her page on Facebook.com/TheSocialMediaRoadmap and check out her website: www.thesocialmediaroadmap.com.

Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - Search Engine Optimization in 2014

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 15 Mar 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Search engine optimization has changed significantly, largely because of Google updates called Panda and Penguin – and a whole new writing of the Google algorithm: Hummingbird.

In 2014, the emphasis is on creating remarkable content and promoting it brilliantly on social media channels. Many old school tactics can now hurt your site so what you don’t know can hurt you. Find out more.

We are very fortunate to have Leslie Carruthers (@TheSearchGuru), the President of The Search Guru, Inc., to update us at our March 15, 2014 meeting.

Leslie is a seasoned Internet marketing professional and search engine marketer. Her background includes Internet marketing since 1999 and search engine marketing (SEM) since 2001. Leslie was named one of the top women in SEO for 2012.

 

Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - Website Accessibility

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 15 Feb 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2/14/14 UPDATE: Please come early since the lower entrance is closed due to snow. Please read and share with others details here.

 

Description from: W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging.

Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. The document "How People with Disabilities Use the Web" describes how different disabilities affect Web use and includes scenarios of people with disabilities using the Web.

Tom Babinszki (@TBabinszki), who is an Accessibility Advisor at IBM, will be presenting at our February 15, 2014, meeting.

He was born in Hungary, where he has actively participated in disability advocacy since his teenage years.

After moving to the United States, he worked with government agencies and corporations to help them make web and software accessible to people with disabilities. He trained the first visually impaired accessibility consultants in South-East Asia.

Besides accessibility work, Tom has built a center for entrepreneurship at the Hadley School for the Blind (@TheHadleySchool) to help visually impaired business owners realize their dreams.

 

Meeting location map and directions.

WebSigCleveland.org - Team Collaboration

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 18 Jan 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After working independent for the past eight years, Jonathan Knapp has seen a few things that went well on projects and quite a few that did not. When things break down, it's almost always due to poor communication.

It doesn't have to be like this.

We'll discuss the mindsets of everyone involved with seeing a project succeed and what tools or techniques can help to fill the communication gap.

Jonathan Knapp is a digital consultant out of Akron, OH. He’s been working for himself for the past eight years at his company Coffee and Code (CoffeeAndCode.com) and has worked on PHP, Flash/Flex, Rails, Django, and JavaScript projects.

He is also a community web advocate running a meetup group in Akron/Canton, supporting local conferences and Give Camps, and helping other developers to get their start. Feel free to hit him up on Twitter: @CoffeeAndCode.

WebSigCleveland.org - Exploring Web 3.0

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 21 Dec 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exploring Web 3.0 -
 
What is coming in the next version of the web? How is your online presence positioned to succeed? How can your organization prepare now to be profitable in the future?
 

WebSigCleveland.org - Developing Win8 Apps with HTML5

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 16 Nov 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Windows 8 apps provide a new rich way of interacting with users. In addition, it allows for more flexibility with development. No longer tied to the .Net Framework and XAML, Windows 8 apps can be written in HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript. This session will explore how HTML5 skills can leveraged for building Windows 8 apps.

Speaker Bio:

Sam Nasr has been a software developer since 1995, focusing mostly on Microsoft technologies. Having achieved multiple certifications from Microsoft (MCAD, MCTS(MOSS), and MCT), Sam develops, teaches, and tours the country to present various topics in .Net Framework. He is also actively involved with the Cleveland C#/VB.Net User Group, where he has been the group leader since 2003. In addition, he also started the Cleveland WPF User Group, is the INETA Mentor for Ohio, and an author for Visual Studio Magazine. When not coding, Sam loves spending time with his family and friends or volunteering at his local church.

WebSigCleveland.org - Introduction to HTML5 Part II

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 19 Oct 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HTML5 provides many new features and advantages over its previous version. With its adoption by many browsers it quickly became ubiquitous. In addition, it's favored by many developers for ease of use and broad graphical capabilities. This second session will serve as an further introduction to this markup language, its advantages, and how it can benefit web developers.

Speaker Bio:

Sam Nasr (@SamNasr) has been a software developer since 1995, focusing mostly on Microsoft technologies. Having achieved multiple certifications from Microsoft (MCAD, MCTS(MOSS), and MCT), Sam develops, teaches, and tours the country to present various topics in .Net Framework. He is also actively involved with the Cleveland C#/VB.Net User Group, where he has been the group leader since 2003. In addition, he also started the Cleveland WPF User Group, is the INETA Mentor for Ohio, and an author for Visual Studio Magazine. When not coding, Sam loves spending time with his family and friends or volunteering at his local church.

WebSigCleveland.org - Intro to ExtJS and Sencha Touch

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 21 Sep 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Intro to ExtJS and Sencha Touch
 
At our September WebSigCleveland.org meeting, Durlabh Jain (@Durlabh) will discuss the major differences in planning a WebApp vs Website, and frameworks around these. He will introduce some of the common frameworks widely used for front-end development, and then focus on ExtJS/Sencha Touch.
 
He will also cover the situations where jQuery is better and where ExtJS/Sencha Touch may be better. Finally, there will be a quick walkthrough of creating an app using ExtJS and Sencha Touch.
 
Speaker bio:
Durlabh Jain has been working professionally in the IT industry since 1990. He achieved the Indian National Record for developing and selling his commercial applications at the age of 10. He has provided consulting services for clients such as Microsoft, T-Mobile, Kenya Airways, and STERIS Corp., and has worked as a Solution Architect/Subject Matter Expert at Fujitsu. He has been delivering web applications since 1997, and has been working extensively with AJAX/Object oriented Javascript since 2001.
 
Durlabh Jain started working on ExtJS in 2007, and has been in love with it since then. In addition, he has worked with Sencha Touch since its introduction. He has worked on other frameworks such as jQuery, Dojo etc. as well. He has had wide exposure to multiple technologies, including Java, .NET, PHP, and NodeJS.

WebSigCleveland.org - No Meeting So Everyone Can Attend Cleveland GiveCamp

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 19 Jul 2013
  • 4:00 PM
  • 21 Jul 2013
  • 5:00 PM
  • LeanDog Software - 1151 North Marginal Road - Cleveland, OH 44114
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our July 2013 meeting will not be at our normal location nor in our regular format. Instead, WebSigCleveland.org Members are invited to assist local non-profits by attending....

Cleveland GiveCamp

Cleveland GiveCamp is an event that connects technology talent with the needs of local Cleveland charities. You must be registered on the Cleveland GiveCamp website to attend.

Learn more and sign up for this exciting weekend event at: www.ClevelandGiveCamp.org

Cleveland GiveCamp

WebSigCleveland.org - Introduction to HTML5

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 15 Jun 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HTML5 provides many new features and advantages over its previous version. With its adoption by many browsers it quickly became ubiquitous. In addition, it's favored by many developers for ease of use and broad graphical capabilities. This session will serve as an introduction to this markup language, its advantages, and how it can benefit web developers.

Speaker Bio:

Sam Nasr (@SamNasr) has been a software developer since 1995, focusing mostly on Microsoft technologies. Having achieved multiple certifications from Microsoft (MCAD, MCTS(MOSS), and MCT), Sam develops, teaches, and tours the country to present various topics in .Net Framework. He is also actively involved with the Cleveland C#/VB.Net User Group, where he has been the group leader since 2003. In addition, he also started the Cleveland WPF User Group, is the INETA Mentor for Ohio, and an author for Visual Studio Magazine. When not coding, Sam loves spending time with his family and friends or volunteering at his local church.

WebSigCleveland.org - HTML5 Video: Why & How

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 18 May 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HTML5 Video – Why should I learn this? How does it work today? How might it work in the future?
 
HTML5 draft specification has introduced the <video> element to play web video natively within supporting browsers, without the need for browser plugins. Lack of agreement between the major browser developers on video file format, and the need for support for older browsers, has hampered HTML5 Video use. Instead of the easy-to-use tag, it currently requires more effort.
 
At our Saturday, May 18, 2013, meeting, website director Stuart O. Smith, Jr., is going to share with us what he has learned from his HTML5 Video work, plus share some additional resources that he has researched. The following will be covered:
 
  • When to use HTML5 versus other video options
  • HTML5 Video file types
  • Converting video files
  • HTML5 code
  • Attributes
Stuart O. Smith, Jr., is the Website Director at Notre Dame College (www.NotreDameCollege.edu), and holds a Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) degree from Case Western Reserve University. He has been a co-leader of WebSigCleveland.org since 2006, and on the Cleveland GiveCamp (ClevelandGiveCamp.org) planning committee. Stuart promotes Cleveland technology, entrepreneur and social media meetings in his sosAssociates.com blog and via Twitter at @sos_jr.

Web SIG Cleveland - Photoshop Elements

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 20 Apr 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adobe Photoshop Elements is the top consumer photo editing software product targeting hobbyists and consumers. It contains most of the features of the professional version, but with fewer and simpler options, and at a fraction of the cost.
 
The past president of the Cleveland Photographic Society, Rob Erick, will share with us the features of Photoshop Elements. The Cleveland Photographic Society (Clevelandphoto.org - @CPSPhoto) is one of the oldest camera clubs in North America. It provides educational sessions on Fundamentals of Good Photography, Photoshop Elements Photo Editing, and a variety of other informational and educational programs.

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Web SIG Cleveland - Behind the Scenes at Cleveland Tech Events - Peeking at WordPress Management

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 16 Mar 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Since October 2008, Cleveland Tech Events (ClevelandTechEvents.com - @ClevTechEvents) has been keeping track of the various technical user groups throughout the Cleveland area. What started as a list of 4 or 5 user groups now tracks over 60 different user groups - from programming languages to methodologies to security to social media and everywhere else where there's a technical lean.

During this meeting, you can expect to:

  • Meet the face behind the site
  • Hear the story of why this site was needed and how it came to be
  • See the WordPress setup of the site – including all the plugins
  • Hear the goals for 2013 and how you can help

Cleveland Tech Events is the dream of, currently owned by, and run by Sarah Dutkiewicz (CodingGeekette.com - @sadukie). Sarah has been a Clevelander for most of her life - except for 4 years to get her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Engineering Technology from the University of Toledo.

Not only does she track the community for her site, but she also is very involved in the tech community. She speaks at user groups & conferences on various topics - including web development, user experience for developers, PowerShell, and open source software. She also helps organize various technical events throughout the region. Her overall goal is to continue to help the technology community in Cleveland to thrive.

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Web SIG Cleveland - Making Our Users Feel Great: The Psychology of Making Things Easy to Use

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 16 Feb 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The design industry has lost focus on what it means to be a user experience designer. It’s not about writing requirements, drawing wireframes, graphic design, or even user research. It’s about making your users feel great.

While those other skills are important, they are just a means to an end, a way to enable users to accomplish what they need to accomplish.

We conduct user interviews and usability testing to learn directly from our users, but our brains aren’t wired to express how we feel. So, how can we learn from our users' feelings to make our products better?

Please join Josh Walsh (@JoshWalsh) of Designing Interactive (@We_Are_Di) as he presents "Making Our Users Feel Great: The Psychology of Making Things Easy to Use."

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    Web SIG Cleveland - Rethinking SEO – Facts, Figures & Data

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 19 Jan 2013
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Are traditional SEO tactics effective at driving business leads anymore?

    Join us for an exciting presentation on Saturday, January 19 at 10:30 EST. Chad Pollitt (@CPollittIU), Director of Marketing for Slingshot SEO (@SlingshotSEO), will discuss the reasons why traditional SEO (search engine optimization) campaigns aren't as important as they once were for web visibility and why they are quickly being replaced by inbound marketing. Backed with real data, he'll prove that inbound marketing is SEO.

    He will also discuss how Google's ranking algorithm and indexing system has changed and its effect on traditional SEO. Additionally, learn how to take advantage of these changes in order to maximize web visibility and organic leads.

    The presentation will explore:

    • Traditional SEO
    • A New Way of Thinking About SEO
    • What Caused SEO to Change and What it Means
    • A Case Study Showing a 633% Growth in Organic Search Leads
    • Seven Actionable SEO Takeaways

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    Web SIG Cleveland - Free Graphic Resources

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 15 Dec 2012
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

    Free Graphic resources to improve your web designs. Grids, fonts, colors and so much more.

    Long time Web SIG Cleveland member, Debbie Kennedy (@4DebbieKennedy) will be here to speak and share with us helpful information about free web design resources. She will cover the following topic areas.

    Grid tools:

    • Responsive grids
    • CSS grids

    Font tools:

    • Tools that compare fonts for the screen.
    • Templates for web typography

    Color:

    • Color Generator tools.
    • Gradient Generator tool

    Free texture/buttons resources.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - Current Developments in CSS

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 17 Nov 2012
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    There is a lot of activity happening in CSS right now. Not only are several popular aspects of CSS evolving, but major new ideas are being proposed and, in some cases, already implemented. Eric A. Meyer will lead us in taking a look at the most popular and pressing modules, how they’ll affect what you do, and, most importantly, how you can help shape their evolution.

    Eric A. Meyer (meyerweb.com; @MeyerWeb) has been working with the web since late 1993 and is an internationally recognized expert on the subjects of HTML, CSS, and web standards. Along the way he was CWRU's first campus webmaster, wrote several books on CSS including O'Reilly's "CSS: The Definitive Guide", hosted a weekly radio show on WRUW-FM, co-founded the microformats movement and An Event Apart, and was inducted into the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife and three children.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - Bootstrap, from Twitter

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 20 Oct 2012
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Please come join us Saturday, October 20th, to learn about Bootstrap, from Twitter. Bootstrap is an amazing set of tools to help you kick-start your web applications. It is designed to help people of all skill levels -- designer or developer, huge nerd or early beginner. Use it as a complete kit or use it to start something more complex.

    It was originally built with only modern browsers in mind, but it has evolved to include support for all major browsers and, with Bootstrap 2, tablets and smart phones. Despite its small footprint, Bootstrap is one of the most complete front-end toolkits out there with dozens of fully functional components ready to be put to use.

    In this presentation, we will talk about the origin of Bootstrap, what it is, and where it may be heading. We will take a deep dive into all of the features of this toolkit.

    When you leave this presentation, you should have an understanding of what it does and how to get started. Presenter Dan Vega states: "I feel confident that once you see just how awesome Bootstrap is, you may never start another project without it."

    Presenter Bio:

    Dan Vega (@cfaddict) is a Senior Developer for the REX Development Department at First Comp, and has been developing software for nine years. Dan has a passion for inspiring and educating others. This has led to his being named an Adobe Community Professional for the last two years. He also blogs regularly at www.DanVega.org/blog about his daily findings, and enjoys speaking to those willing to listen.

    Dan is also the manager of the Cleveland Adobe User Group Group. As manager, he regularly provides content to the group, answers members' questions, and presents on a wide variety of topics at monthly Cleveland AUG meetings, and has also presented to other user groups.

    Web SIG Cleveland - Debugging Tools in Web Browsers

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 15 Sep 2012
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

    Ever have problems with your website looking weird and having CSS problems? Got a piece of Javascript that’s been acting buggy? It’s frustrating when you’re not sure where to turn. Thankfully, most modern browsers come with tools to help debug CSS and Javascript issues. If it isn’t built into the browser, there’s probably a plugin for it. Sarah Dutkiewicz (@sadukie), owner of Cleveland Tech Events and Cleveland Tech Consulting, will take us through debugging CSS and Javascript using a variety of browsers – including Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and yes, even Internet Explorer.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - Attend Cleveland GiveCamp!

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 20 Jul 2012
    • 4:00 PM
    • 22 Jul 2012
    • 5:00 PM
    • LeanDog - 1151 North Marginal Road - Cleveland, OH 44114
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Our July 2012 meeting will not be at our normal location nor in our regular format. Instead, Web SIG Cleveland Members are invited to assist local non-profits by attending....

    Cleveland GiveCamp

    Cleveland GiveCamp is an event that connects technology talent with the needs of local Cleveland charities.

    Learn more and sign up for this exciting weekend event at: www.ClevelandGiveCamp.org

    Helping Cleveland nonprofits -- Cleveland GiveCamp

    Web SIG Cleveland - C A N C E L E D

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 16 Jun 2012
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    NOTE - Unfortunately the Free Graphic Resources with Debbie Kennedy meeting scheduled for June 16th is canceled. It will be rescheduled to a future date. Watch WebSigCleveland.org for more information.

    eb SIG Cleveland - Learning GIMP

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 19 May 2012
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

    GIMP (www.gimp.org) is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It is an expert quality photo retouching program.

    GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything.

    We are fortunate to have two speakers coming to talk with us about GIMP.

    Benjamin Burney is a Project Manager with many years of experience in industrial, graphic, instructional, and web design, most significantly in the medical products manufacturing industry. He currently serves as PR Director for CDPUG, and is completing six sigma greenbelt certification. He will explain how GIMP can be used quickly and easily for creating transparent gif, png’s, and favicons for the web.

    Jennifer Jacobs will talk about how to use GIMP to edit photographs. Jennifer is an IT professional and photographer who lives in the Akron area. You can learn more about her on her website at iffles.com. The mission of iffles.com is to support, enlighten, and inspire photographers by sharing tips, tricks, and tutorials. Jennifer’s website focuses on frugal solutions to the expensive hobby of photography.

    GIMP, as a free open source photo editing program is a great frugal software solution. Come to our May 19th meeting to learn more.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - C A N C E L E D

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 21 Apr 2012
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    UPDATE 4/19/12 - Unfortunately the Current Developments in CSS with Eric A. Meyer meeting scheduled for April 21st is canceled. It will be rescheduled to a future date. Watch WebSigCleveland.org for more information.

    Please plan on attending the next WebSigCleveland.org meeting on May 19th on Learning GIMP.

    Web SIG Cleveland - Javascript/Stylesheet UI Toolkits - Why, Which and How?

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 17 Mar 2012
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

    UI Toolkits vary greatly - from the simple to complex. All of them come bundled with or sit on top of existing core javascript frameworks - jquery, dojo, extjs, YUI, Cappuccino, etc. Some are designed for mobile interactivity, some are designed for full blown web applications, while others are designed to augment and expedite normal website interfaces.

    Richard Schulte's presentation will introduce folks to some of the more popular and/or useful of the broad array of UI toolkits that are available. There will be discussion on when and where they are actually useful, how some of them can be customized, and more. Lastly, the way they actually function will be demystified - whether by pre-processing, DOM manipulation, or simple css and DOM selectors. Additionally, we will learn how some of these (mostly mobile UI toolkits) actually use HTML5.

    Richard Schulte (rschulte.com; @rerooting) is a Co-founder of the local tech worker co-op Flywheel Tech Collective (@flywheeltech), Richard has spent years performing frontend development roles on projects in drupal, wordpress, sencha touch, and with custom built applications in CommonJS and Rails. Specifically concerning ui toolkits, he has worked with bootstrap, jquery ui, jquery mobile, kendo ui, extjs4/sencha touch, and dojo. When he's not messing with stylesheets, doing product development or project management, he's probably building websites for local movement activists, drinking beer, debating cultural theory and economics or making delicious food.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - Website Performance

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 18 Feb 2012
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

    Web Developers can optimize pages to make them load lightning fast, and 80 to 90 percent of the optimization comes from the client side. With a strong correlation to page load time and a sites’ financial performance optimizing performance on the front end can help to enhance the user experience.

    Reducing the response times of your website can help to reduce the bandwidth and hardware use on both the server side as well as the client side.

    Website developer Ryan Thomas will present on:

    • Page Speed Validation Tools:
      - Google Page Speed
      - Yahoo YSlow

    • Browser comparison:
      - JavaScript Speeds
      - CSS Rendering
    • Minimize Payload:
      - Creating fewer HTTP requests
      - Minify CSS, JavaScript, HTML
      - Third Party Requests
      - Images
      * Image Types and Optimization
      * Image Sprites
      * Image Maps
      * Inline Images
      - Consistent urls
      - CSS first then defer JavaScript
    • Caching
      - Proxy Caching
      - Browser Caching
    • Progressive Page Loading
    • Content Delivery Networks
    • Headers and Compression
      - Cache Control
      - Expires
      - Gzip
    • Optimizing for Content Management Systems
      - WordPress
      * Performance
      * Offload
      * Caching
      * Plugins
      - Joomla!
      * Caching
      * Extensions and Templates
      - Drupal
      * Caching
      * Modules
    • Optimizing for mobile

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    Web SIG Cleveland - Responsive Web Design

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 21 Jan 2012
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

    It's no surprise to anyone that mobile devices are the leaders in the growth of consumer electronics. Is your website prepared? How does your website look on an iPhone, Android phone, or BlackBerry? What about on the iPad, netbook, or Kindle?

    While mobile devices are growing in popularity, we are also seeing desktop computers with larger and larger screens. The W3Schools website reports that in January 2011, 85% of visitors to their website were using a screen resolution higher than 1024x768 pixels. How does your website look to those visitors with increasingly larger monitors?

    At the January 21st Web SIG Cleveland meeting, we will look at a method to address the needs of these design extremes with responsive web design. Web designer Eric Browning will explore with us how to use CSS to create flexible grids, layouts, and images, and use media queries to be responsive to the varied needs of website visitors. The goal will be to explore a new web development paradigm and develop a new workflow that will better address today's web visitors' needs.

    Eric Browning is a designer living and working just outside Akron, Ohio. He has worked for several interactive agencies and production houses, doing design and front end development, as well as freelance projects. He's now the Art Director at Blue Frog Gaming, a gaming startup, trying to create something fun and meaningful. He stays active in the local web and design communities, including leadership roles in the Akron Canton web group. When not thinking about design and media, he's usually spending time with his wife and hiking with their crazy dog, Pica. He has a small personal site at www.fiveoclockfriday.comand you can reach him on Twitter at @browningeric as well.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - Can you steal the action of thinking?

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 17 Dec 2011
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Can you steal the action of thinking? Questions about fair use, intellectual property, and licensing web content.

    This talk led by Joshua Smith (Twitter: @kognate; Google+: kognate) will be part lecture and history of licensing and intellectual property, and part discussion about current issues and the state of intellectual property in digital media. We will discuss Fair Use, publicness, and the Creative Commons. We will also provide a bibliography of the major works covering these topics.

    Joshua Smith is currently a Systems Engineer for Lextech Global Services, a mobile strategy and development firm based in Lisle, IL. Josh has 15 years of professional IT experience and has been a Sysadmin (and still kinda is), Programmer in various languages, Consultant, Employee, and guy who makes sure the pop machine is full.

    He lives and works in Ohio with his wife and two children and tries to use his powers for good.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - The Secret to Building Successful Websites by Marc A. Majers

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 19 Nov 2011
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Anyone can design and build a Web site. There are free tools available to help even the most novice person interested, and almost everyone has a friend, neighbor, or knows a college student who would be willing to take on the job. But what separates good sites, or even great sites, from exceptional ones? Is it the talent of the individuals doing the work? Is it based on how much you’re willing to invest? Well, part of that is true, but the real secret stems from the design process itself.

    At this event, Marc Majers (Twitter: @DontFearForward) will be talking about his new book "Don't Fear The Forward: The Secret to Building Successful Websites" and answering your questions. Whether you are in the process of building, redesigning or optimizing your website this lecture is for you!

    Are you interested in...

    • Content Management Systems
    • Mobile Websites
    • Multivariate Testing/Analytics
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Social Media
    • Project Management
    • User Experience Design
    • Usability Testing
    • Website Development (Coding)
    • Website Planning

    Please select this link to fill out a survey on which of these topics you are interested in learning more about at the meeting.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - WebMatrix

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 15 Oct 2011
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    WebMatrix is a free web development tool from Microsoft that includes everything you need for website development. Start from open source web applications, built-in web templates or just start writing code yourself. It’s all-inclusive, simple, and best of all, free.

    At our October 15 meeting, Sarah Dutkiewicz (www.cletechconsulting.com - @sadukie) will show you some of the projects from the Web Gallery, including:

    Then, we will look at creating a site from some of the included templates – including a bakery, calendar, and photo gallery project. Finally, we’ll look at creating a site from scratch.

    While looking at these various projects, we’ll also take a look at other features in WebMatrix – site publishing, database support, code helpers, and SEO reports.

    Sarah Dutkiewicz is a seasoned technology professional and has been working in a variety of technologies for more than eight years. Sarah’s well-rounded background includes roles in technical support, desktop support, database administrator, system administrator, and professional developer. Sarah’s true passion comes from developing and writing code. She is a Microsoft MVP in Visual C# and is deeply passionate about the technical community. Sarah’s many community activities include blogging, running a technical community website, planning events, book writing, and speaking at regional and national conferences. Sarah is the owner of Cleveland Tech Consulting, LLC, and the owner and administrator of Cleveland Tech Events (www.clevelandtechevents.com).

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    Web SIG Cleveland - MVC for Web Designers and Developers

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 17 Sep 2011
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The Model View Controller (MVC) pattern of web architecture is a different way of building pages from the traditional one-page, one-URL architecture. The Model-View-Controller pattern can offer significant benefits to the developer but also requires a different way of thinking. At our September 17 meeting, Bill Kiraly (www.cohenkiraly.com) will give an intro to MVC that should be important information for both Developers who may want to use it and for web designers who need to understand the pattern to design their HTML and styling to work with an MVC site.

    With the MVC pattern, the developer creates three distinct parts of an application: the Model which abstracts the data you are manipulating, the view which provides the presentation to the user and the controller which accepts, understands and responds to user actions and contains the logic of how the models and views interact with each other and the user.

    MVC has several potential advantages over traditional web architecture. Among them are:

    • It is able to completely implement test driven design so you build your site to meet requirements and can more easily and reliably perform maintenance and changes.
       
    • Some aspects of MVC make site and application development faster, easier and more reliable. It enforces separations of concerns, again making your application easier to understand, to build and to maintain. You can completely reskin a site without changing the model or view, you can completely change your backend functionality without touching your user interface.
       
    • It is a more truely object-orient development pattern. MVC is not specific to any language or platform but Bill will be demonstrating in ASP.Net
       
    • Created properly, it can provide major URL improvements for both SEO and for usability. MVC can offer site performance improvements over traditional patterns.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - NOT MEETING so can attend: Cleveland GiveCamp

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 29 Jul 2011
    • 5:00 PM
    • 31 Jul 2011
    • 5:00 PM
    • LeanDog - 1151 North Marginal Road - Cleveland, OH 44114
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Our July 2011 meeting has been canceled so the Web SIG Cleveland members can focus the month on preparing for and attending....

    Cleveland GiveCamp

    Cleveland GiveCamp is a event that connects technology talent with the needs of local Cleveland non-profits.

    Learn more and sign up for this exciting weekend event at: www.ClevelandGiveCamp.org

    Helping Cleveland nonprofits -- Cleveland GiveCamp

    Web SIG Cleveland - WordPress Course for GiveCamp Attendees

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Web SIG Cleveland will not be meeting on the normal third Saturday, but a special WordPress Course has been planned for Cleveland Give Camp attendees. This event is a crash course for developers registered to attend GiveCamp.

    Please sign up to volunteer at Cleveland GiveCamp at: www.ClevelandGiveCamp.org

    Watch for details (times have not been confirmed) on the Cleveland GiveCamp website.

    Helping Cleveland nonprofits -- Cleveland GiveCamp

    Web SIG Cleveland - Usability Testing Basics: What's it All About?

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 21 May 2011
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    You've heard the rumors - now get the straight story from Carol Smith of Midwest Research.

    Learn all you need to get started:

    • Types of studies (RITE, think aloud, etc.)
    • Tips for recruiting users
    • Where you can conduct studies (does it have to be in a lab?)
    • Tips for Interacting with participants without biasing the study
    • Preparing for the study (materials needed, forms, etc.)
    • Guidance for analyzing the study

    We will answer your questions and offer stories of our experiences with this always engaging, sometimes frustrating form of gathering user feedback.

    Carol Smith makes stuff more human by researching user needs and communicating those needs to clients to help them improve their designs.

    Through her business, Midwest Research (www.mw-research.com), she also conducts usability tests on websites, software, and consumer products. She has worked with clients in a wide range of industries including: education, finance, government, healthcare, insurance and retail.

    Carol has a Master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction, is a regular presenter at conferences internationally and has taught courses at the college level.

    Carol tweets @carologic, enjoys running and spending time with her husband and two kids.

    Meeting location map and directions.

    Web SIG Cleveland - Let's Talk About: getHIRED!

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 16 Apr 2011
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Web SIG Cleveland organizer Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sos_jr, has recently been involved with others in the Cleveland web development community reviewing the key skill set needed to get hired. At our April meeting, we will review the "getHIRED" list, and have a dialog on the topic.

    Homework is being assigned! Please come to the meeting prepared to share your ideas on these topics:

    • What do you think is the skill set needed to get hired?
    • What is the best way to learn the tech skills needed to get hired?
    • Share your experiences with these key tech skills.
    • Web SIG Cleveland speaker ideas for the fall on these and other topics.

    Watch for updates on this web page and via our SIG Yahoo Group email.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - An Anatomy of a Web-based Application

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 19 Mar 2011
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    An Anatomy of a Web-based Application will be presented by Roger Knapp at our March 19th meeting. His presentation will show components and examples of a web-based, application software development environment: user interface guidelines (form design), naming conventions for application objects (forms, reports, and database elements (tables, columns, indexes, foreign keys). The importance of establishing such an environment prior to developing software will be stressed.

    Other topics will be touched upon including: design philosophy (augmenting the user's ability to accomplish their work), typical application modules, application design and relationship to database design, and interface with other development tools (forms invoking reports).

    The presentation of the above will consist mostly of showing examples and demonstration of a software application that supports software developers. Questions and discussion will be encouraged as the meeting progresses.

    Roger Knapp's technical background includes designing and developing many software applications and managing development projects and developers. His human resource experience also includes personnel training and development.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - Web Forms Made Super Easy!

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 19 Feb 2011
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Forms are an integral part of the web. From contact forms to signup forms, they are the backbone of how we communicate through websites.

    Freelance developer Remington Phillips (www.RemingtonPhillips.com) will show you how to quickly and easily add a form to your website without programming, using Google Docs. You will also learn how to style it with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to match your website’s design.

    Learn how you can use forms to create your own polls--and show your visitors instant results on your website.

    We will also be taking a look at Google’s Dynamic Feed Control. This application allows you to easily aggregate RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds on your website or blog, and share the latest news from your favorite website.

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    Web SIG Cleveland - Ustream: Webcasting for You

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 15 Jan 2011
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Ustream provides you with the ability to stream live video of events for free. It enables you, with just an Internet connection and a camera, to engage an audience in an immediate way.

    Ustream (www.Ustream.tv) is a webcasting technology which uses the one-to-many model, which means that the user can broadcast to an audience of unlimited size.

    Stephen Wilson, a.k.a @TheCoolestGeek, will present how to use Ustream to reach your audience. He will also demonstrate iPhone apps that allow you to reach your audience directly from your phone.

    Stephen is the founder of HeadNodz.FM, a music blog which features Cleveland talent. Please plan on attending this January 15th meeting to learn how to use Ustream webcasting for you!

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    Web SIG Cleveland - If It's for Free, It's for Me!

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 18 Dec 2010
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Come to our December 18th meeting to learn about freeweb development software that our members really find useful.

    We have three presenters on the following products:

    Please plan on attending and feel free to invite others. All our meetings for free and open to the public.

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    Web Development SIG - WordPress

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 20 Nov 2010
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    At the November 20, 2010, meeting, we will be learning about the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world: WordPress. This open source content management system today does much more than just blogging.

    During this presentation, Internet Strategist/WordPress developer, Heidi Cool of HeidiCool.com, Web Design & Strategy, will give an overview of WordPress.org geared towards Web developers and other tech savvy users. Topics will include:

    • Why to use a self-hosted WordPress.org site as a personal or business CMS
    • Hosting Requirements
    • An introduction to custom theme development and the WordPress template hierarchy.
    • WordPress Plug-ins
    • Client training, security and related topics
    • Q&A

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    Web Development SIG - Improving the Design of Your Sites

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 23 Oct 2010
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Basement Level - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Brad Colbow will walk you through the fundamentals of visual design and show some examples of how to put them to work on your site. This will be an interactive presentation, so if you have any sites that you have worked on that you would like critiqued, have the URLs ready.

    Brad Colbow is a web designer in the Cleveland area, best known for his comic strip The Brads that can be found in .Net magazine and his blog. He is currently the art director at Sideways, a local startup that’s working on a mobile publishing platform for the iPad, iPhone, and other tablet devices.

    Special Date: While most of our meetings are the third Saturday of the month, for this October the date has been moved to the fourth Saturday - October 23rd.

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    Web Development SIG - Ultimate CSS Layout & Mega Menu

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 18 Sep 2010
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Basement Level - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Web Development SIG Leader Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (http://twitter.com/sos_jr), will share with you his research and experiments with web page layout.

    Stuart will demonstrate the "ultimate" Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) layout, and how to create a "Mega Menu" using jQuery.

    Please plan on attending this first meeting of the fall in Room 30 (Basement Level - Administration Building) at Notre Dame College.

    Web Development SIG - ClevelandGiveCamp.org

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 16 Jul 2010
    • 4:00 PM
    • 18 Jul 2010
    • 7:00 PM
    • LeanDog, 1151 North Marginal Road Cleveland, OH 44114
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Instead of our regular Saturday, July 17th Web Development SIG meeting, we are encouraging our members to volunteer at Cleveland GiveCamp -- "geeks in the home of rock and roll coding for charity."

    Cleveland GiveCamp will take place July 16, 17, and 18 on the LeanDog boat. Volunteering for a GiveCamp event is an opportunity for you to use your skills to assist non-profit organizations reach their full potential.

    Tentative Schedule:

    Friday, July 16
    4:00 pm Doors Open
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Registration
    5:00 pm Kick-off Meeting
    Charities present their projects and teams are introduced
    6:00 pm Dinner/Requirements
    Team meetings with charity over dinner to collect more info on the project
    10:00 pm - 12:00 am Snacks
     
    Saturday, July 17
    8:00 am Breakfast
    Noon Lunch
    3:00 pm Snack
    6:00 pm Dinner
    10:00 pm Midnight Snack
     
    Sunday, July 18
    8:00 am Breakfast
    Noon Lunch
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Demos
    4:30 pm Presentation and Door Prizes
    5:00 pm Reception
    7:00 pm Go Home!

    For those volunteers who would like to truly turn their experience into a camping adventure, the parking lot adjacent to LeanDog will be available to setup an actual campsite!

    Please go to www.ClevelandGiveCamp.org for all the details and for updated information. Also, please go to the website to sign up to volunteer and/or provide names of charities that would benefit. You can also follow on: http://twitter.com/clegivecamp

    Web Development SIG - Ruby on Rails

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 19 Jun 2010
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Basement Level - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    "Web development that doesn't hurt." Ruby on Rails is an open-source web framework that's optimized for programmer happiness and sustainable productivity." http://rubyonrails.org/

    Which ORM (Object-relational mapping) library should I use? What should I use for my template language? Should I use MVC (Model/View/Controller) or some other pattern? What unit testing framework should I use? What database engine should I use?

    Unfortunately, these questions make it difficult to start web projects. Therefore, Ruby on Rails has made all of these decisions already; you can just get started. And it's extensible enough that if one of the default choices doesn't work for you, just choose a different library. How does Ruby on Rails answer these questions? How does it use the Ruby language to help make your development even faster? Come and find out!

    Meeting location map and directions.

    Web Development SIG - Three Ways to Get Your Web Development Project Back on Track

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 15 May 2010
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Basement Level - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Is your web database or enterprise application running late? Did you ever wonder why the developers are taking so long or even giving up entirely? Find out three of the most common reasons for development delays, and how to fix them, by attending this talk. Mark W. Schumann of Critical Results shows you how to confront technical bankruptcy, insufficient calendar time, and unproductively repeating the same work unproductively.

    Major topics include:

    • Refactoring for success
    • Amending scope creep
    • Planning for change... before it plans for you

    Get Mark W. Schumann's "very funny and accurate!" report (says one executive) on the eight reasons for project failure at http://criticalresults.com/freestuff.html.

    This talk is a more genteel and civilized edition of a popular presentation from NOTACON 7, Cleveland's annual hacker conference.

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    Web Development SIG - HTML5/CSS3

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 17 Apr 2010
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 30 (Basement Level - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    HTML5/CSS3 - they are coming, but what can we use now? What changes and additions should developers pay attention to? Which browsers support what functionality today?

    This presentation will be an introduction to HTML5 and CSS3 (Cascading Style Sheets 3). We will discuss the questions above and include a few demos of both HTML5 and CSS3.

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    Web Development SIG - Presenting Panoramic Pictures

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 20 Mar 2010
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Great Room (East End - 3rd Floor Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Have you ever seen those virtual tours on a museum, real estate, vacation spots, or school website? Ever wonder how it’s done? Come to our March meeting to learn some methods to make your own 360° panorama, and display it as an interactive tour.

    The demonstration will first show how to stitch together images to create a panorama using Adobe Photoshop’s Photomerge and Autopano.

    We will also show several methods (Adobe Flash plug-in, Autopano, jQuery plug-ins) to add interactivity to a panoramic photo and create a virtual tour. This interactivity will include panning, and creating navigation hot spots.

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    Web Development SIG - jQuery: Practical magic for your web pages

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 20 Feb 2010
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Great Room (East End - 3rd Floor Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Come learn about the free, open-source JavaScript library which gives you access to stunning effects and capabilities, and gives you nearly complete control over your pages.

    It is free, relentlessly cross-browser and cross-platform, (relatively) easy to use, fast, lightweight, tremendously flexible, no-backend programming, and did I say free?

    This presentation will be an introduction to basic concepts and a demonstration of what you can do with jQuery and the huge library of free plugins available.

    Take a look at this page for some samples of jQuery in action: www.noupe.com/jquery/50-amazing-jquery-examples-part1.html

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    Web Development SIG - Google Chronicles

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 16 Jan 2010
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Great Room (East End - 3rd Floor Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Google Chronicles continues! Following up on the success of our September 2009 Google Chronicles Meeting, we will have presentations on the following Google products on January 16, 2010:

    Independent Web Developer and Designer James R. Stone will demonstrate how you can use Google Sites and Google Website Optimizer. You will learn how you can use Google Sites to create a website from scratch or from a template. James will present the strengths and weaknesses of Sites, so you will know if it meets your needs. Learn about Website Optimizer, Google’s free website testing and optimization tool, which allows you to increase the value of your existing websites without spending a cent.

    Independent web consultant Remington Phillips (www.remingtonphillips.com) will give an overview of Google's advertising platform, Google Adwords, and its role in your advertising strategies. You will learn how you can use this service to promote your website, and also explore how Google Adwords fits in with other products in the Google family.

    Learn how to harness the power of Google to create a customized search and add videos to your website. Web Development SIG Leader, Stuart O. Smith, Jr., will show how to create a Google Custom Search/Site Search and add it to your website. He will also present how easy it is to add a YouTube video to your website.

    More Google Chronicles meetings are planned for the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG.org - Saturday 1/9/10) and Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG.org - Thursday 1/28/10). Each group will cover different Google products that relate to their membership. Go to their websites for more details.

    For more information on Google products go to: www.google.com/intl/en/options/

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    Web Development SIG - Web Analytics

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 19 Dec 2009
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Wikipedia.org states that “Web analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of internet data for purposes of understanding and optimizing web usage.” Web analytic tools can assist website designers in better understanding web usage. A skilled website designer needs to continually hone this important skill to better manage their website.

    Sarah Dutkiewicz, administrator for www.clevelandtechevents.com and tech blogger "Coding Geekette," will help us dig deeper into analytic tools. We will learn how to use Google Analytics and the Urchin web statistics analysis program.

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    Web Development SIG - Website Accessibility

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 21 Nov 2009
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cleveland Sight Center 1909 East 101st Street PO Box 1988 Cleveland, OH 44106-8696
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    When websites are correctly designed, developed, and edited, all users can have equal access to information and functionality. At our November meeting -- at a special location -- we will review how designing for web accessibility makes websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities.

    We are very fortunate to be able to meet at the Cleveland Sight Center (www.clevelandsightcenter.org), where we will hear from a Sight Center staff member who is an expert on assistive technology. As a blind individual who uses the popular screen reader JAWS (Job Access With Speech), he will explain the visually impaired online experience and what the screen reader “sees.”

    Jill Timieski, HTML/CSS Developer from SCK Design, Inc., will then discuss the top five accessibility mistakes developers make that negatively impact websites. These five areas will cover CSS best practices, Accessible data input (forms), navigation, accessible content, and assistive technologies.

    Patricia Ross, Vice President of SCK Design, Inc., will talk on how accessibility best practices are also SEO (search engine optimization) best practices.

    This a very special meeting because of the importance of website accessibility, so please actively invite others to join you at this meeting. Please select this link for driving directions to the Cleveland Sight Center (located at: 1909 East 101st Street, Cleveland, OH 44106-8696).

    Web Development SIG - Color Theory for Website Design

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 17 Oct 2009
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Just when you thought it was safe to use the 216 web safe colors available to you, along come millions of other colors to add to the confusion.

    We'll cover some of the basics of color theory so picking colors and making them work for you won’t feel so overwhelming.

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    Web Development SIG - Google Chronicles

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 19 Sep 2009
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Please join us September 19th for this first Google Chronicles meeting, where we plan to present the following Google products:
    • Analytics
    • Chrome
    • Code
    • Calendar
    • Maps

    More Google Chronicles meetings are planned for the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG.org - Saturday 1/9/10), Web Development SIG (WebSigCleveland.org - Saturday 1/16/10), and Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG.org - Thursday 1/28/10). Each group will cover different Google products that relate to their membership. Go to their websites for more details.

    Thank you to all who filled out the online survey! Your input was used to make final plans for our meetings. For more information on Google products go to: www.google.com/intl/en/options/

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    Web Development SIG - Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Best Practices

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 20 Jun 2009
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    As web developers, we all want our websites to rank high when people are searching. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the science behind this. To some, it is even considered an art. What were SEO best practices a year or two ago, are no longer the case. The search engines are constantly refining and changing their search algorithms. So what are the best practices in 2009?

    Join us as Leslie Carruthers, President of The Search Guru (www.TheSearchGuru.com), a search engine marketing (SEM)/search engine optimization (SEO) company, presents Search Engine Optimization Best Practices.

    Leslie is a seasoned Internet marketing professional and search engine marketer. Her background includes twelve years in Internet marketing and eight years in search engine marketing. She is also a skilled Webmaster and web developer.

    For map & directions, click here.

    Web Development SIG - Website Usability & Consumer Experience

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 16 May 2009
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Cathleen Zapata will define usability and explain its role when designing and enhancing a Web site. She will discuss tools and methods for improving the usability and online customer experience.
     
    Cathy is the president of the Northeast Ohio Usability Professionals' Association (NEOUPA - www.neoupa.org). NEOUPA promotes usability throughout Northeast Ohio for individuals interested in websites, applications, software, and other types of user interfaces where usability is a key to success. She is also currently VP, Research & Customer Experience at Metrics Marketing Group (www.metricsmarkting.com), an interactive and database marketing firm in Cleveland.
     
    With more than 14 years experience, Cathy specializes in Web site usability and managing the holistic customer experience. Her background includes a wealth of experience in usability testing, heuristic evaluations, user research and conversion enhancement strategies. She has received extensive usability training from the Neilson Norman Group, and was quoted in MarketingSherpa's Marketing Wisdom for 2006. She is a published author, and frequently teaches on topics of Web Usability both nationally, and at local colleges and at community events. Cathy has been on the board of NEOUPA for over four years, and is also on the board of The Web Association. Cathy has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 clients on Web Marketing & Usability. Representative clients include: KeyBank, Medical Mutual of Ohio, National City Bank, The Cleveland Clinic, Nationwide Insurance, Safelite AutoGlass, Insurance.com, Citizens Bank, Flagstar Bank, Hallmark, Philosophy, Alltel and Coach, Inc.

    Web Development SIG - Open Source Content Management Systems: Joomla! & Drupal

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 18 Apr 2009
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Drupal (drupal.org) and Joomla! (www.joomla.org) are both free, open source content management systems which allow individuals to build websites, manage online content, and offer an array of online applications. Both use PHP programming language and can use theMySQL database. Learn about Open Source Content Management Systems and the advantages of both Joomla! and Drupal at our Saturday, April 18, 2009, meeting.

    Jeff Schuler (www.jeffschuler.net), the creator of the Drupal Cleveland (http://drupalcleveland.info/) website for Drupal users and developers in Cleveland, will speak on Drupal's features.

    Presenting on Joomla! is Bryan Salva, Lead Designer and Owner of BSalva.com Web Management, who led the presentation on Open Source Content Management Systems at last year's Cleveland Software Freedom Day.

    For map & directions, click here.

    Web Development SIG - Fireworks Interactive Prototypes

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 21 Mar 2009
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Learn how to use Adobe Fireworks CS4 software to rapidly create interactive website prototypes. Creating interactive prototypes offers the opportunity to test a website mock-up while still in the development stage. This is particularly helpful for customer demonstrations.

    For map & directions, click here.

    Web Development SIG - Using Social Networking to Drive Traffic to Your Website

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 21 Feb 2009
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    In this session, discover how to effectively use social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn to fuel traffic to your online channels of business. What does it take to harness the power of these interactive tools? How much time does it take? Why should I bother with them?

    Marc Majers is the Manager of Web Development at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His skill set is centered on the desire to keep learning. He is a blogger, teacher, emcee, musician, and award-winning web professional. His more than ten years of digital design experience focuses on web strategy, user-centered design, usability testing, and new media.

    For map & directions, click here.

     

    Web Development SIG - MySQL Database

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 24 Jan 2009
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    MySQL has become the world's most popular open source database because of its consistent fast performance, high reliability and ease of use. It's used on every continent (yes, even Antarctica!) by individual Web developers as well as many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software.

    In this session, we will begin with an overview of MySQL and discuss the features and functionality that compel organizations, including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, and Zappos.com, to adopt MySQL. In addition, we'll cover what you need to start implementing MySQL, including installation, management and support.

    PLEASE NOTE DATE: We will be meeting the fourth Saturday (January 24th) at our normal location and time (10:30 A.M.). Next month we will return to the 3rd Saturday (February 21st).

    For map & directions, click here.

    Web Development SIG - .Net’s Membership and Role Providers

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 20 Dec 2008
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio 44139-4350
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    We started 2008 at our January meeting by learning a Simple ASP.NET Password process. Now, for our December 20, 2008, meeting we will end the year by learning about a more sophisticated .Net authentication system.

    .Net Membership and Role Provider classes are Microsoft's built-in classes for managing user authentication and role management. We will see a demonstration of how to use the wizard which sets up the system, including building a SQL database for membership and creating password management code. We will also learn about setting up custom membership and role manager to work with our existing Active Directory Authentication and database roles. The demonstration will include how to use roles to hide or show menu items as well as control page access.

    For map & directions, click here.

    Web Development SIG - Website Usability

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 15 Nov 2008
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    At our November meeting, we will be looking at usability in the context of e-commerce websites. Aaron Rosenberg, User Experience Analyst at American Greetings, will start with a brief introduction of User Experience and how it fits into the development process. He will then speak specifically with regard to tracking and understanding user needs and building them into the design of websites.

    For map & directions, click here.

    Web Development SIG - Software Freedom Day Cleveland

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 27 Oct 2008
    • 10:00 AM - 3:59 PM
    • See meeting description for link to location
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Software Freedom Day Cleveland - October 27, 2008The Web Development SIG is listed as a partner for this event. Go to the Software Freedom Day Cleveland event web page for agenda, speakers, and location information at: www.softwarefreedomday-cleveland.org

    Web Development SIG - Accessibility - The Right Thing to Do

     
     
     
     
     
     
    • 20 Sep 2008
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Barudan America, 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, Ohio
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Please join us at our September meeting where we will review best practices of accessibility from Jeremy Sydik’s book Design Accessible Web Sites: 36 Keys to Creating Content for All Audiences and Platforms.
    Attendees to this meeting are requested to examples to share with the group of what they are doing in regard to accessibility.

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    Web Development SIG -- WebSIGCleveland.org 2002 - 2009

    Here is the historical content from the WebSIGCleveland.org website from July 20, 2002, through April 18, 2009. (Note that since this is old content, many of the links will not work.) I started running the meetings with my co-chair, Frank Mitch, on January 21, 2006. Thank you Frank for managing the email list, Facebook page, and providing support and feedback.

    The PHP website being used at the time was a content management system I built for the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG) when I was on their board. It was a fun project to build from scratch.

    What follows is the HTML taken directly from the WebSIGCleveland.org website.

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    Past Meetings - Web Development SIG

    We are very proud that there has been an active web related SIG since the late 1990's.  Here are some of our past meetings.
    • Web Development SIG - Open Source Content Management Systems: Joomla! & Drupal
      Saturday, 4/18/2009

    Drupal (drupal.org) and Joomla! (www.joomla.org) are both free, open source content management systems which allow individuals to build websites, manage online content, and offer an array of online applications. Both use PHP programming language and can use the MySQL database. Learn about Open Source Content Management Systems and the advantages of both Joomla! and Drupal at our Saturday, April 18, 2009, meeting.

    Jeff Schuler (www.jeffschuler.net), the creator of the Drupal Cleveland (http://drupalcleveland.info/) website for Drupal users and developers in Cleveland, will speak on Drupal's features.

    Presenting on Joomla! is Bryan Salva, Lead Designer and Owner of BSalva.com Web Management, who led the presentation on Open Source Content Management Systems at last year's Cleveland Software Freedom Day.

    • Fireworks Interactive Prototypes
      Saturday, 3/21/2009

      Learn how to use Adobe Fireworks CS4 software to rapidly create interactive website prototypes. Creating interactive prototypes offers the opportunity to test a website mock-up while still in the development stage. This is particularly helpful for customer demonstrations.

    • Using Social Networking To Drive Traffic To Your Website
      Saturday, 2/21/2009

      In this session, discover how to effectively use social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn to fuel traffic to your online channels of business. What does it take to harness the power of these interactive tools? How much time does it take? Why should I bother with them?

      Marc Majers is the Manager of Web Development at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His skill set is centered on the desire to keep learning. He is a blogger, teacher, emcee, musician, and award-winning web professional. His more than ten years of digital design experience focuses on web strategy, user-centered design, usability testing, and new media.

    • MySQL Database Session
      Saturday, 1/24/2009

      PLEASE NOTE DATE: We will be meeting the fourth Saturday (January 24th) at our normal location and time (10:30 A.M.). Next month we will return to the 3rd Saturday (February 21st).

      MySQL has become the world's most popular open source database because of its consistent fast performance, high reliability and ease of use. It's used on every continent (yes, even Antarctica!) by individual Web developers as well as many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software.

      In this session, we will begin with an overview of MySQL and discuss the features and functionality that compel organizations, including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, and Zappos.com, to adopt MySQL. In addition, we'll cover what you need to start implementing MySQL, including installation, management and support.

    • .Net’s Membership and Role Providers
      Saturday, 12/20/2008

      We started 2008 at our January meeting by learning a Simple ASP.NET Password process. Now, for our December 20, 2008, meeting we will end the year by learning about a more sophisticated .Net authentication system.

      .Net Membership and Role Provider classes are Microsoft's built-in classes for managing user authentication and role management. We will see a demonstration of how to use the wizard which sets up the system, including building a SQL database for membership and creating password management code. We will also learn about setting up custom membership and role manager to work with our existing Active Directory Authentication and database roles. The demonstration will include how to use roles to hide or show menu items as well as control page access.

    • Website Usability
      Saturday, 11/15/2008

      At our November meeting, we will be looking at usability in the context of e-commerce websites. Aaron Rosenberg, User Experience Analyst at American Greetings, will start with a brief introduction of User Experience and how it fits into the development process. He will then speak specifically with regard to tracking and understanding user needs and building them into the design of websites.

    • Software Freedom Day Cleveland
      Monday, 10/27/2008
      between 10am and 4pm
      The Web Development SIG is listed as a partner for this event. Go to the Software Freedom Day Cleveland event web page for agenda, speakers, and location information at: www.softwarefreedomday-cleveland.org

      Software Freedom Day Cleveland - October 27, 2008

    • Accessibility - The Right Thing to Do
      Saturday, 9/20/2008

      Please join us at our September meeting where we will review best practices of accessibility from Jeremy Sydik’s book Design Accessible Web Sites: 36 Keys to Creating Content for All Audiences and Platforms.

      Attendees to this meeting are requested to examples to share with the group of what they are doing in regard to accessibility.

    • -- NO AUGUST MEETING --
      Saturday, 8/16/2008

       

    • -- NO JULY MEETING --
      Saturday, 7/19/2008

       

    • Mashups &
      Easy Ways to Make Flash

      Saturday, 6/21/2008

      Mashups

      What’s a Mashup? From Wikipedia “ In technology, a mashup is a web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool; an example is the use of cartographic data from Google Maps to add location information to real-estate data, thereby creating a new and distinct web service that was not originally provided by either source. Mashup originally referred to the practice in pop music (notably hip-hop) of producing a new song by mixing two or more existing pieces.”

      We will look at a couple mashups that others have built using Google Maps. Then we will look at Microsoft’s Popfly http://www.popfly.com/ which is a web based tool for creating your own mashups.

      Easy Ways to Make Flash

      Until recently, it was very complicated to make Flash files. Not anymore. We will look at Sprout http://sproutbuilder.com/ and iSpring http://www.ispringsolutions.com/ where almost anyone can make Flash files.

      Sprout is a free web based tool for making Flash files. We will show how you can combine a variety of content into a flash widget that you can post and share with others. We will talk about a key feature of Sprout, which is viral marketing.

      You can convert your PowerPoint presentations into Flash files for posting on the web. iSpring Pro 3 from iSpring lets you convert your PPT files and enchance them.

      Group member Jim Evans will be making the presentation on Mashups and Flash Creation.

    • Silverlight
      Saturday, 4/19/2008

      We will be returning to our normal meeting location:

      Barudan America
      29500 Fountain Parkway
      Solon, OH 44139-4350

      Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Brian Gorbett will present the exciting new developments of Microsoft's Silverlight. Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.

    • Flash Video Development
      Saturday, 3/15/2008

      Last minute change
      Special Meeting Location - Notre Dame College

      This Saturday meeting will take place at the following location:

      The Great Room
      East End of the Third Floor of the Administration Building
      Notre Dame College - www.NotreDameCollege.edu

      4545 College Road
      South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
      Use elevator on the west end of the building to get to the third floor.

      From I-271: Exit at Brainard Road/Cedar Road (#32); take Cedar Rd. west to Green Rd. Turn right onto Green Road (North). Take Green Road to College Road (four short blocks). Turn Right onto College Road. The entrance to Notre Dame will be on the left.

      Go to www.notredamecollege.edu/about_ndc/map2.html for campus map (see building #1 on Flash map - Administration Building) and driving directions (try the "map it" form on the Google map). Parking is free.

      We have invited Chris Rennison back to present more on Flash Video Development. Topics will include:

      • Principles of Good Video Recording
      • Frame Rate and Sample Rate
      • Popular Video File Types for Import and Export
      • Basic Video Editing
      • Implementation of Video on the Web
    • WebPlus
      and
      If It's for Free, It's for Me!

      Saturday, 2/16/2008

      Special Meeting Location - Notre Dame College

      This Saturday meeting will take place at the following location:

      The Great Room
      East End of the Third Floor of the Administration Building
      Notre Dame College - www.NotreDameCollege.edu

      4545 College Road
      South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
      Use elevator on the west end of the building to get to the third floor.

      From I-271: Exit at Brainard Road/Cedar Road (#32); take Cedar Rd. west to Green Rd. Turn right onto Green Road (North). Take Green Road to College Road (four short blocks). Turn Right onto College Road. The entrance to Notre Dame will be on the left.

      Go to www.notredamecollege.edu/about_ndc/map2.html for campus map (see building #1 on Flash map - Administration Building) and driving directions (try the "map it" form on the Google map). Parking is free.

      WebPlus advertises that it is an affordable, easy-to-use Web designer software, and that it can create professional websites for a fraction of the cost of other web design programs. WebPlus allows the experienced user to directly edit the HTML code associated with the objects it creates, and to add your own separate HTML pages. For beginners, "anyone can create a stylish website in minutes." Come to the February 16th Web Development SIG meeting for Dan Kozminski's presention on WebPlus (www.serif.com/webplus/webplus9/).

      We will also be looking at free web development software in the "If It's for Free, It's for Me!," section of the meeting. Several free resources for HTML development, graphic software, and other web-related tools will be presented. Web Development SIG Members are encouraged to share the free and low-cost web development resources that they use.

    • Audio-Visual Additions
      Saturday, 12/15/2007

      Special Meeting Location - Notre Dame College

      This Saturday meeting will take place at the following location:

      The Great Room
      East End of the Third Floor of the Administration Building
      Notre Dame College - www.NotreDameCollege.edu

      4545 College Road
      South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
      Use elevator on the west end of the building to get to the third floor.

      From I-271: Exit at Brainard Road/Cedar Road (#32); take Cedar Rd. west to Green Rd. Turn right onto Green Road (North). Take Green Road to College Road (four short blocks). Turn Right onto College Road. The entrance to Notre Dame will be on the left.

      Go to www.notredamecollege.edu/about_ndc/map2.html for campus map (see building #1 on Flash map - Administration Building) and driving directions (try the "map it" form on the Google map). Parking is free.

      Chris Rennison will give a presentation on adding audio and video to your website.

      • Principles of Good Audio Recording
      • Analogue to Digital/Digital to Analogue (AD/DA) Conversion
      • Bit Depth and Sample Rate
      • Popular Audio File Types for Import and Export
      • Basic Audio Editing
      • Implementation of Audio on the Web

      • Principles of Good Video Recording
      • Frame Rate and Sample Rate
      • Popular Video File Types for Import and Export
      • Basic Video Editing
      • Implementation of Video on the Web
    • Dynamic DotNetNuke
      Saturday, 11/17/2007

      Web Development SIG member Ron Black will show how to maintain a website using DotNetNuke www.dotnetnuke.com. DotNetNuke is an open-source web application framework, ideal for creating, deploying, and managing interactive web, intranet, and extranet sites. DotNetNuke is designed for use on the Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 platform.

    • How to Build a Shopping Cart
      Saturday, 9/15/2007

      Please join us at the September meeting to learn how to use WebAssist's eCommerce product to add a Shopping Cart to your website.

    • Introduction to the WebAssist Super Suite of Dreamweaver Extensions
      Saturday, 8/18/2007

      See the entire WebAssist line of really cool Dreamweaver Extensions for ASP and PHP. Special emphasis on the shopping cart, payment, and data assist extensions.

      WebAssist's Super Suite includes a wide variety of reasonably priced, excellent extensions for Dreamweaver that give Web Developers easy access to a variety of advanced capabilities, including a shopping cart, a security toolkit, a database toolkit, a search database toolkit, a site import tool, a beautiful photo gallery, a file upload tool for your website, and much more.

      For a preview, see
      www.webassist.com/professional/products/productdetails.asp?PID=110. Each of these extensions can be bought separately or in a number of convenient packages.

    • -- NO JULY MEETING --
      Saturday, 7/21/2007

       

    • Expression Web vs Dreamweaver
      Saturday, 6/16/2007

      In June we will discuss and explore briefly the recent Microsoft release of Expression Web, replacement for FrontPage. There are claims that many of the shortcomings of Frontpage have been corrected with this new software oriented toward professional applications. Adobe Dreamweaver experts in our group will be asked to offer comments and opinions.

    • Database Driven Website using ColdFusion and MySql
      Saturday, 4/21/2007

      At our April meeting, Bharat Patel of www.pujanand.com will do a presentation of how to build a database driven website using ColdFusion and MySql.

    • An Introduction To Database-Driven Websites
      Saturday, 3/17/2007

      We have returned to our regular meeting location at Barudan America in Solon.

      We will be exploring an introductory tutorial on using Adobe Dreamweaver to build a database-driven website.

    • Mighty Miscellaneous Meeting (3M)
      Saturday, 1/20/2007
      Regular Time: 10:30AM–12:00PM

      Special Meeting Location - Notre Dame College

      The Saturday, January 20th, meeting will take place at the following location:

      The Great Room
      (East End of the Third Floor of the Administration Building)
      Notre Dame College - www.NotreDameCollege.edu

      4545 College Road
      South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293

      From I-271: Exit at Brainard Road/Cedar Road (#32); take Cedar Rd. west to Green Rd. Turn right onto Green Road (North). Take Green Road to College Road (four short blocks). Turn Right onto College Road. The entrance to Notre Dame will be on the left.

      Go to www.notredamecollege.edu/about_ndc/map2.html for campus map (see building #1 on Flash map - Administration Building) and driving directions (try the "map it" form on the Google map). Parking is free & coffee can be purchased at the Library's Falcon Cafe.

      HAPPY 2007 - One year since SIG restart. We will cover an array of miscellaneous topics suggested in 2006. Details will be added here as they are confirmed.

      • What is a robot.txt file? What does a robot.txt file do and how do I make one?
      • What software can “grab” video from a web page?
      • What is one option for a free domain name and web hosting?
      • What is captcha and how do you use it?
      • What is a Server-Side Include and how do you create one?
    • Jacqueline Lum on Adobe Flash: Part 2
      Saturday, 12/16/2006
      Regular Meeting time: 10:30AM–12:00PM
      Thank you Wendy Winans of www.BradyWorld.com for hosting this meeting!
      Jacqueline Lum of Lumination Technologies (www.luminationtech.com) will follow up her February 18, 2006, presentation on Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Flash by further exploring this product. Jacqueline Lum is a Macromedia Certified Professional.
    • Got Stats?
      Saturday, 11/18/2006

      "How To" use website traffic stats software to increase the effectiveness of your website.

      Here we go again, Jan Limpach of Keyphrase-Marketing.com a Cleveland Search Engine Marketing Firm will dazzle us with his antics and remove some of the mystery around all those numbers of yours. Ms. Wendy Winans of www.BradyWorld.com will share some of her personal experience on how to use/understand those numbers and links in an effort to improve one site through understanding who your audience is and where your traffic is coming from using website statistics software.

      If you have a website this is a gotta be there event.

    • The Best of the Web
      Saturday, 10/21/2006

      Web Development SIG Members should plan on bringing URLs of their favorite websites to review, along with sharing their own designs. Suggestions from WebPagesThatSuck.com will also be reviewed.

    • Cell Phone Web Site Design
      Saturday, 9/16/2006

      Cell phones, PDAs, and pocket-sized computers, oh, my! How to design for the tiny screen.

    • CSS - Design Ideas and Tips and Tricks
      Saturday, 8/19/2006

      Past Web Development SIG Leader Bill Cohen-Kiraly (www.cohenkiraly.com) will lead a presentation on CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) Design Ideas and Tips and Tricks. Learn to improve your website design by maximizing your productive use of CSS.

    • “Summer Field Trip”
      Wednesday, 7/12/2006
      Special Time 6:30 p.m.
      Special Location
      Progressive Insurance
      6300 Wilson Mills Rd
      Mayfield, OH
      Click for Google Map & driving directions!
      On July 12th, a “Summer Field Trip” to Progressive Corporation is planned. We will tour the Progressive Usability Labs and hear an overview of website usability.
    • - No meeting in June -
      Saturday, 6/17/2006

       

    • “The Dark Side of the Web: Phishing Exposed"
      Saturday, 5/20/2006

      Part I: Reviewing Phishing Exposed: Uncover Secrets from the Dark Side

      Part II: More Web Q & A and "Pet Peeves about the Web"

    • Web Q & A and Tips and Tricks
      Saturday, 4/15/2006

      Have a question? Have a website design tip or trick? We will spend this meeting sharing ideas and solutions. Before the meeting, please email questions, tips, and tricks to the Web Development SIG Leaders.

    • "Buzzword" Session
      Saturday, 3/18/2006

      The world of website design is constantly changing and filled with buzzwords -- RSS - AJAX - Web Services - XML - XSLT. Join us on March 18th as we explore "the meaning behind the buzz!"

    • Jacqueline Lum on Macromedia Flash
      Saturday, 2/18/2006

      Jacqueline Lum of Lum + Associates ( www.jlum.com) will do a presentation on Macromedia Flash. Jacqueline Lum is a Macromedia Certified Professional.

    • How to add a search function to your own website
      Saturday, 1/21/2006

      This will be a special meeting as we restart the Web SIG with two topics:

      Atomz - FreeFind – PicoSearch - Verity - We will learn different options for adding a search function to your website.

      We will then discuss future Web SIG meeting topics. Please plan on attending -- we want input from our members.

    • Web Site Security
      Saturday, 5/21/2005

      Security expert Dave Minkler will be discussing security threats to your website, security threats to your business or your network through your website and general information about security and the Internet. This meeting will be of interest both to people hosting their own sites and people purchasing their hosting.

    • To Be Announced
      Saturday, 9/18/2004

       

    • Contact SIG leader to confirm meeting, topic
      Saturday, 7/17/2004

       

    • Contact SIG leader to confirm meeting, topic
      Saturday, 6/19/2004

       

    • Contact SIG leader to confirm meeting and topic.
      Saturday, 5/15/2004

       

    • Contact SIG leader to confirm meeting and topic.
      Saturday, 4/17/2004

       

    • Learn the real ins and outs of Adobe GoLive
      Saturday, 11/22/2003
      Note Special Date for this meeting!

      We have a special guest this month from Adobe to demonstrate that company's powerful Web Design suite of products, particularly GoLive.

      Adam Pratt is an Application Engineer at Adobe Systems and he's an Adobe Certified Expert in GoLive, Photoshop, LiveMotion, Illustrator, InDesign, PageMaker, and Acrobat. He joins us from Chicago where he's worked in print, multimedia, and web design for several publishers and web development companies. He also co-authored SAMS Teach Yourself GoLive 6 in 24 Hours.

    • Blogging For Fun And Profit
      Saturday, 10/18/2003

      The Web SIG's own writing maven, Barbara Payne, the ReallyGoodFreelanceWriter, has been using both personal and professional blogging to drive traffic to her site. She will tell us about her experiences and give us ideas on how to use this fast growing technique ourselves.

    • Devore Technologies' eNewsPress eNewsletter Marketing System
      Saturday, 9/20/2003

      Kevin Reilly is the Director of Project Management for DeVore Technologies. DeVore is an IT training and development company that has grown to serve most of the largest companies in NE Ohio over the last 12+ years.
      As was once wisely stated that "necessity is the mother of invention". This sentiment sums up the genesis of the eNewsPress 3.0 (eNP3). A few years ago a large client asked if DeVore could provide an internal email communications system that would allow division leaders to format and distribute technical information throughout the organization. The system needed to be efficient, and allow for content editing and archival of the "newsletters" on the company Intranet. Non-technical users needed the ability to create the HTML-based communications without coding knowledge through the use of their web browsers.
      DeVore delivered the product (version 1.0) to the client in the year 2K. Since that rendition, the system was upgraded to include more dynamic functionality (V2.0). The system was subsequently rolled out to more clients for use as an external communications and marketing tool.
      In 2002, we put the system through a comprehensive review, and decided to increase its functionality as a broad-based marketing tool. Version 3.0 was created. It included a new GUI, as well as proprietary mail handling technology that boasts a 95%+ delivery success rate. Due to it's opt-in format, eNP3 client's experience a lower than standard unsubscribe rate.
      More information on the eNP3 system can be found at http://www.enewspress.com.

       

    • Off for August Break
      Saturday, 8/16/2003

      No meeting in August, will return in September with a special meeting date and time on GoLive

    • Whats new with .Net
      Saturday, 7/19/2003

      In many ways,.Net offers some revolutionary changes in the way we all may be developing applications for the web. I don't yet know who I will have discuss this but its an important topic we should all be familiar with.

    • New Features of Dreamweaver MX
      Saturday, 6/21/2003

      I thought I knew Dreamweaver pretty well but in preparing for my Tech Talk presentation last month, I found many new amazing features to share with you. Even if you are not a Dreamweaver user, there is lots to learn from what they've done to the new product. (We will have an experienced GoLive Presenter in September.)

    • Attend the Tech Talks in Lieu of Regular Meeting
      Saturday, 5/17/2003

      The Tech Talks which will be held at Tri-C's Unified Technologies Center all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. are featuring a Web Track. SIG Leader Bill Kiraly-Cohen will be giving the 90 minute seminar on Dreamweaver from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Don't miss it! Check www.techtalkseminars.org for additional information.

    • To Be Determined
      Saturday, 4/19/2003

      Topic is not nailed down yet but we have several good meetings coming up including introduction to .Net, the job market for Web Designers and Security Issues for Webmasters. Stay tuned to www.websigcleveland.org for latest information

    • To Be Determined
      Saturday, 3/15/2003

      See www.websigcleveland.org for most up-to-date information, or e-mail the Leader.

    • Preparing and Optimizing Graphics
      Saturday, 3/15/2003

      SIG Coordinator Bill Cohen-Kiraly and others will give some basics and optimization tricks for making your graphics look their best while keeping the size as small as practicable. Topics will include description of resampling and compression techniques, some of the many kinds of graphics available and demonstration of the several nice and relatively inexpensive software titles that may help you optimize your graphics.

    • To Be Determined
      Saturday, 2/15/2003

      To be determined. See www.websigcleveland.org for most up-to-date information.

    • e-Newsletter Tales from Real Life
      Saturday, 1/18/2003

      Linda Koco, e-Newsletter SIG Leader for GCPCUG and publisher of several successful newsletters will be our presenter. She will lead a panel of e-Newsletter enthusiasts and producers all of whom will let us know "what it takes" to publish a successful e-newsletter.

    • No Meeting In December
      Saturday, 12/21/2002

      No Meeting In December

    • Q&A Meeting
      Saturday, 11/16/2002
      10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

      By member request, we'll be having a Q&A meeting for our November meeting. Bring your questions and other members quite likely will have answers. You can also forward your questions to the group by posting them on our message board at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/websigcleveland/messages. Anything we can't answer at the meeting, we'll assign for research. If you are an Internet Savant, this is a great meeting to show off at!

    • The Why, When, How, Where, What and Who of e-Books
      Saturday, 10/19/2002
      10:30am-12:00pm

      Chris King, author of two e-books and working on her third, will cover the ins and outs of e-books, including: why e-books; writing an e-book; formatting and compiling (i.e. transforming your information into an e-book); pricing your e-book; promotion, marketing and selling your e-book; and the plethora of useful resources that are at your fingertips.

    • The Best and the Worst of the Web
      Saturday, 9/21/2002
      10:30am-12:00pm

      September will be our annual best and worst of the Web. Send your choices to the yahoo group.

    • Adobe Acrobat for Web
      Saturday, 7/20/2002
      10:30am-12:00pm

      The July 20 meeting will be the much-requested Adobe Acrobat for Web, presented by Bill. If anyone else is Acrobat-savvy and wants to help present the meeting, drop me a line at wkiraly@cohenkiraly.com. Watch the email and the SIG web site to find out where this meeting will be held. It may or may not be at its normal location. Note: We will be taking a break in August. Back in September.

     

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    Thank you once more to all the presenters and members who contributed their knowledge and ideas to the Web Development SIG.

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    Thank you, Stuart, for all of the great meetings. It was a pleasure going to them and learning so much.

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    I have enjoyed the Web Development SIG in the past few years, and I was glad to be able to come speak as well. Thanks for all that you do, Stuart! Best of luck on what journeys lie ahead!

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    It is great to hear that you have spend your 10 years with Web Development SIG. Thank you for your kind words that you had a great time with your staffs and organization.

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