D3 is not just another jQuery library that you simply drop into your code and sit back to crunch popcorns as you watch the magic. Early trials to create D3.JS visualizations seemed almost daunting for most of the attendees. So we spent quite a bit of time learning how to use d3.js, and afterwards we decided to test ourselves with actual data.
We started with Ushahidi V3 API data but due to a few missing parameters, effective visualization was not be possible.
We had one interesting guest, a very seasoned developer, Wolfgang, @wolfgang_loder who took old RGraph code that used KCPE data from Kenya Open Data (http://opendata.go.ke) and tried to rewrite it in D3.JS.
Wolfgang’s experience baffled the rest of the attendees, being a software engineer for more than 25+ years. The one of a kind we call a Neckbeard.. (syke) :-)
If you would like to learn more about d3.js, join us for the next meetup where one @Muliswilliam has volunteered to present some project he did with it. You may also get in touch with the Nairobi JS organizer, @TechyTimo, who has plenty of video tutorials on D3.JS.
JS Nairobi Website:
Huzeifa, @Huzi94 is an amazing young developer from the University of Nairobi and he had been heading work on the NairobiJS website. So far he had made a lot of progress and he gave a presentation highlighting the changes he's made to it so far, during which he explained the various tools and technologies that he incorporated when developing it. Huzeifa is putting the finishing design touches to it, so if you have any comments or suggestions feel free to share them. Check it out: http://nairobijs.github.io/
Members pledged to present :)
The meetup has always been a platform for the more seasoned developers to share their tricks of the trade. It got boring when we ran out of fresh faces to look at. So we called upon all members to volunteer to present what they have done, what they are working on or even hurdles that they are facing. It could be any topics you are comfortable with including business knowledge and advise on industry trends or career opportunities. Most members pledged to present something in the coming months and we will be listing upcoming presentations on the website http://nairobijs.github.io
We will allocate morning hours during every meetup to this presentations. This will not only enhance members' individual presentation skills (which, by the way, all developers need), but will also be a good way to network, therefore learning about the kind of projects we're all working on. Interested in presenting? Send an email to: info [at] thedevs.org
Introduction of weekly meetings
Guy agreed to have weekly meetings on Saturday afternoons (4pm - 6pm) in addition to the monthly meetup! These meetings would serve as an avenue for members to give each other feedback on projects they're working on and get advice on what tools and technologies they can use. Venue will still be at Bishop Magua building, probably at the iHub if it is not engaged.
Nairobi JS July Meetup
MongoDB July meetup
Wolfgang, @wolfgang_loder is also holding a MongoDB meetup on the 4th of July, at iHub, from 6pm - 8pm. MongoDB is an open-source document database, and the leading NoSQL database. One of the projects where he's made use of MongoDB is the United Kingdom (UK) National Archives. Who can attend? Anyone who’s never heard of MongoDB and is curious about what it can accomplish, who is looking to learn a new language, or is a MongoDB developer who would like to network and share their experiences.