We meet once a month and talk about all kinds of areas of design and development. The details and reviews of these meetups will be updated over time.
March is testing month!
Kerry Buckley will be talking about the Cucumber testing framework and Adam Whittingham will be talking about how to use a unit testing framework to test all parts of your app.
Editing text is at the heart of programming, so this month we're giving some care and attention to our code editors.
Robert Lee-Cann will be talking about his experiences with Vim, and John Nicholson and Christ Pont will be talking about his IDE of choice, Visual Studio.
Happy New Year! We have Alex Gisby from the BBC coming to talk about next-gen Web Apps and the processes behind them.
November brings us a "Meta talk" from Anders Fisher, a run through of all the talks of FESuffolk so far and the useful bits he's learned from each talk in turn. It'll be a chance for us to refresh/revisit talks from previous Front Ends!
November's second talk will be from Adam Whittingham named "After the code", an exploration as to what happens after you've finished writing your code, including deployment, continuous integration and maintenance.
Our October meet up is going to be all about health! Leeky will be talking about mental health (even when debugging that thing that works fine on your machine but no one elses) and Kerry Buckley will be talking about keeping your code healthy with Test Driven Development.
Tom Chinery talked about Sails.js, a Rails-like framework for quickly building a Node.js-based MVC stack. Tom showed how to spin up a new app and build everything from the models up to an API, ready for the front-end framework of your choice to connect to. Sails.js seems to be an interesting option, if a little immature at the time of writing.
Adam Whittingham continued our new adventures into back-end code with an introduction to microservices and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). After explaining how our code is most fun and easy to work with when it is small, Adam explained how we can use multiple small components to build up functionality and gave some anecdotal advice on what to build and how to wire up your first SOA applications.
In July we have two front end based talks, the first is on OpenStreetMap, an Open Source user driven mapping platform, and the second is on BEM and LESS two methodologies for creating quicker cleaner code.
After our recent announcement that Front-End Suffolk was just too great to be confined to the front-end and was ready to dabble in back-end code too, we kicked off our first meeting focusing on the server side.
Matthew Applegate shared his experience of building his first full web app, makepaper.co.uk, a site for finding collaborators for academic papers. After a bit of context about the academic process, Matthew explained how he had learned some PHP and MySQL, and gave a tour of some features and the workings powering them.
Anders Fisher continued the exploration of back-end code with an introduction to Ruby and the Sinatra web framework. Anders gave us some context about the ruby ecosystem and then showed a number of demos, including some live coding! Anders showed how Sinatra can easily serve pages, GET/POST data and render templates containing some dynamic content; everything you need to get to grips with your first web app!
The talks this month showed us how to unleash our artistic sides!
David Kirkby introduced the world of 3D modelling in the browser using Three.js. David started by showing a scene created of several models and went into how different properties altered their appearance and behaviour. After some more in-depth examples, we got to see some of David's more complex models imported from other programs, culminating in the fairly rare sight of a rainbow vomiting Skeletor!
For April's FESuffolk we have FES regular Paul Hutson giving us the lowdown on how he uses GeoJSON, a standard for presenting geographical shapes using latitudes and longitudes.
It's February which means FESuffolk has been running for two years! We are inviting FESuffolk attendees to come up and talk about something they think is pretty cool in a Show and Tell.
FESuffolk in January had a games based theme, with Chris Filip talking in depth about the processes of creating and researching his portfolio website for his university games portfolio and Anders Fisher talking about the process of creating his phonegap game Drag the Dots.
To celebrate the yearly festive period 14 of the FESuffolk gang got together and had a delicious curry at the Ghandi on st Nicholas Street. Shortly after we wobbled across the road to the Thomas Wolsey pub, Thanks to the kindly barman Ben We had a room booked and quaffed beer in luxury!
In November Max Shelley gave us a behind the scenes look at how he builds responsive wordpress sites, he also gave us some ideas about how to broach the subject of responsive design with clients and how to make the very best of wordpress by using Advanced Custom Fields.
Paul Hutson was our second speaker and gave an engaging talk of his experience at a rewired state hack day in London. Paul had been given access to some parliamentary data and in a very short space of time he managed to get together a product that was both insightful and thought provoking, whatareyourtruecolours.com.