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"Visualising Data in the Browser" & "From Developer to Entrepreneur"

Mon 25 May 2020
19:00 - 21:00

About the event

If you build for the web, whether just for a hobby or professionally, then this Brighton Web Development Meetup is designed for you. We'll have two talks:

"Visualising Data in the Browser: The State of the Art" - Peter Cook

In the first talk, front end developer and data visualiser Peter Cook will share his thoughts on the latest tools and techniques for visualising data in the browser.

There was a time when you'd reach for a library such as Highcharts, Flot or Google Charts when needing to build a chart. However, the arrival of D3 changed all that. It shifted expectations from simple bar and line graphs to interactive visualisations of depth and beauty.

The possibilities when building charts and visualisations in the browser are wider than ever. Frameworks such as React and Vue do a fantastic job of binding data to the DOM which raises the question of what part D3 should play. Libraries such as vx and nivo which abstract D3 add to the mix.

Peter's talk will give an overview of the most interesting and useful tools and techniques as well as insights into how to approach building a data visualisation. His talk will include code examples (most probably on Codepen) which you're welcome to explore during the talk.

"From Developer to Entrepreneur" - Dave Mateer

I’ve always wanted to have a product business! Like many developers, I really enjoy building software. How hard can it be to build something and sell it to > 1 person?

I’ve worked for many companies over the last 20 years and done consulting/freelancing. I’ve had 1 ‘product’ where a company asked me to host their very old classic ASP application, which I begrudgingly did. Over the next 6 years, I gradually put the price up and smiled every month, as I’d automated all the day-to-day work, and the biggest hassle was sending invoices every month.

This talk is about the startling success (*caveat - looking back from a few years in the future!) of Dave's latest software business. He will talk about how to start a SaaS company, dividing time equally between software development and business, sales and marketing, getting stuff done fast and how to have a great time. He will also dive into code and show demos.