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I organize a monthly meeting called Reston & Herndon Web Development Group.  We had one this week and the topic was Responsive Design.  I’ve been meaning to have this meeting earlier but had difficulty finding a venue sponsor.  Arzo from The Buller Group was kind enough to provide space at her office.  Not only did they provided space, they also provided food & drinks.  If Arzo is ok and members of the group liked the location, I hope that we can continue using this location.

I shared with the group topics we can cover in 2014.  I’ve been trying to come up with a set of topics that are relevant to web development and will help web developers get better at what they do.  The topics are:

  • Model-View-Controller
  • Database
  • Ajax
  • Scalability
  • Performance
  • Usability
  • Testing
  • Security
  • Web Services
  • Content Management Systems

Following topics were also suggested from the group:

  • Javascript / NodeJS / Angular
  • Accessibility
  • Internet of All Things
  • Privacy
  • Web GIS
  • HTML5
  • Website Traffic Analytics
  • Augmented Reality

These are all great topics and I am going to work on organizing these topics and weaving them into meetings for 2014.

We did not have any presenter or speaker this time.  So at the suggestion of Dee, a member of our group, we watched a 15-minute video on responsive design to facilitate the discussion: Responsive Design vs. Mobile Websites Explained.  The follow-on discussion focused on what people thought of responsive design, pros and cons of having responsive website vs. dedicated mobile website, and how responsive design/mobile site can be further improved.  It was a great discussion and I hope everyone learned something from the meeting.

It was great to see familiar faces: Sean and Dee.  I also got to meet a couple of new folks: Justin, Terrance, Brad, Michael, and folks from The Buller Group.  There were a few people at the meeting that I did not get to meet/talk and I hope to talk to them next month: Abdul, David, Sam, Chandra, and one more person whose name escapes me.

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