A Web Tech Meetup for Brighton & Hove


New Group

By Premasagar Rose.   Posted on Friday, 7th May 2010

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And so it begins.

I've had in my mind to get a JavaScript group going in Brighton for over a year now, and never quite made the time for it. Well, the time is now.

There's a huge interest in JavaScript at the moment. We're seeing a groundbreaking collection of new features for browser-based applications (let's just collectively call it 'HTML5'), not least for mobile apps. The browser manufactures are competing head-on with the speed of their latest and greatest JavaScript engines (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). And there's a renaissance happening on the server, with the realisation that JavaScript's event-based model is ideal for the requirements of web applications (e.g. real-time updates to clients, distributed APIs, traffic spike handling).

JavaScript is everywhere. Even the most die-hard back-end developer may have to touch jQuery or something similar from time to time. And a little more knowledge goes a long way.

So, in order to build up our core skills, to stay up-to-date with new developments, to learn from each other, to meet, collaborate and support a new generation of JavaScript developers, the Async meetup group has been created.

I've got some ideas about how it might work. For example, I'd love for it to be hands-on and practical, and not only informative. But if it's to succeed, it's direction will need to come from the community.

There are now a few different communication channels for the event. Time will tell which ones prove to be most useful:

If you have any feedback, please share it in the comments below. Alternatively, you can reach me on Twitter at @premasagar

Async meets monthly in Brighton & Hove, UK, to learn, discuss and play with JavaScript and related web technologies.

We host talks, hack nights, show n' tells and community events, all of which are free.

Doors open 7.15pm, main session begins 7.45pm, we end around 9.30pm and continue nearby for an evening social.