Meteor London Devshop - April
Meteor London buffets on the winds of chance and optimism. As a monthly, demo-centric, early-adopter support group, we encourage people to have a go; it’s a show & tell for fancy hacks to production apps, and everything in between:
“Build a Meteor demo, as simple or fancy as you like. Then, the clever bit, we meet up and compare notes. The fancy can show off their wares and the curious can learn a trick or two.”
So on the 10th of April, in the salubrius uSwitch auditorium, the floor was once again opened up to the community to talk about all things Meteor, and we were treated to:
Making iOS developement a tiny bit less horrible with Reactive Cocoa: A tech talk from our favourite full-stack designer, Jon Gold, who has been tinking with native apps that sync up with Meteor apps, and showed us how to talk DDP from an iPhone app, and how to re-create the reactive coding style over in native-land via Reactive Cocoa
After the tortilla frenzy we launched straight into 8 lightning talks:
Building Meteor apps for fun and food: A quick intro to the anatomy of a Meteor app with some simple demos from that olizilla: Lunch leaderboard, for figuring out whose turn it is to make lunch at the tableflip office, and monster me, a code club project to transmogriphy a young coder into a giggling monster.
Card Flash by Peter Jones:
“Learn large amounts of small information.” …never forget a thing again, using Meteor, flash cards and some brain science to upgrade your mind cogs.
- Oplog tailing and you by Alan Shaw:
There’s been a lot of talk about the new mongo oplog tailing feature, so Mr Shaw gave a run down of the old poll’n’diff mechanism, the new oplog tailing style and the improvements it brings.
- Clusterlists by Jordan Burgess
A really shiny, drag and drop app for taking the clunky world of managing twitter lists and giving it a real-time, Meteor make over.
Futurescaper & Podaris by Nathan Koren:
Using Meteor to help synchornise mind-maps & massive engineering projects, The super smart Mr Koren showed us the “D3-based force-directed network visualisations” that power Futurescaper, a crowdsourced scenario planning tool.
Sheffield University Hubs hub by Topher Winward, in 3 hours whipped up a real time replacement for the pile of clunky spreadsheets he was handed, including chat rooms and google app authentication for @sheffield.ac.uk users.
tilr.io by Nelson Correia: A fully featured micro blogging platform, already in production, helping school children document and share as they learn.
Abletone by Chris Waring & the iphone improv ensemble:
For the grand finale Chris assembled a live band of iphone wielding musicians with a clever integration of Meteor and Ableton Live, creating a musical extravaganza from randomly selected players, which, despite minimal declared musical ability, sounded great; somehow even the rick-roll was right on beat.
Onwards! More fun and demos are planned for May. If you’ve got something you’d like show off, get in contact