What is Refresh?

Refresh is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical and professional aspects of new media endeavors in the Wichita Falls area. Are you interested in the latest web technologies? Care about design, but feel it must be usable? RefreshWF aims to educate across a variety of topics and skill level. Whether giving an introduction to HTML and CSS or live coding a single-page JavaScript heavy web app, we hope everyone walks away from each meeting with something.

So, who is behind this group?

RefreshWF is currently being organized by James Fleeting and Jorin Slaybaugh. We had long noticed the lack of any real community around this profession even though we knew people were out there doing amazing things on the web and those wanting to learn more. After a few discussions we moved forward on attempting to organize this user group in an attempt to jump start the web community in town, network with other designers and developers and showcase the talent in this area. We look forward to the group growing as well as our members passion for the web with each meeting.

James Fleeting is senior web designer and developer working at Crane | West in Wichita Falls. He works on a wide variety of websites for a range of clients, dabbling a little in video production for tv commercials and constantly playing with new technologies and apps. His true passion is HTML, CSS, jQuery, web apps and browsing the HTML/CSS specs in a constant attempt to better understand his craft. You can find his blog at iwasasuperhero.com, follow him on twitter or browse his projects on github.

Jorin Slaybaugh graduated from Midwestern State University and is currently the lead developer and VP of Technology for E-vent Software. He is a .NET web guy with a love for all things digital. You can find his blog at cacheandquery.com, follow him on twitter or browse his repositories on github.

Talks

THIS MONTH - FEBRUARY 18, 2013

Introduction to Drupal

When building a website there are several Content Management Systems available to choose from to help in developing the framework for the site. Drupal is a popular choice for building anything from large, complex systems to simple blog and brochure-ware sites. At this meeting Corey Pennycuff will introduce you to Drupal so that you can experiment and build your own websites with no previous experience required. He will also see many places that Drupal is lurking on the Internet, perhaps even running some of your favorite websites!

Corey is a long-time Drupal developer, having eight years of experience creating Drupal sites. He has worked both in freelance and salaried work, and is currently a developer for Choice Wireless. He has authored three contrib modules on the Drupal.org website, one of which is in the 96th percentile of popularity. Corey recently completed a Masters in Computer Science at Midwestern State University and is in the process of applying for a Ph.D. program to further his studies.

This talk will be part 2 of a 3 part talk about blogging and content management systems. Part 1 focused on WordPress, part 2 focuses on Drupal, and part 3 will focus on static generators like Jekyll.

Attending this talk? RSVP on Facebook.
Each meeting is free to the public and runs from 7pm to 9pm with free chips, salsa, and soft drinks.


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Challenges

THIS MONTH - MARCH 18, 2013

CSS3 Moving Vehicle

Create a vehicle (car, truck, bicycle, spaceship, be creative) completely out of CSS and HTML and then with the click of a button (or any element), make it move across and out of the window! It can move in any direction but it must start stationary, and move completely out of view. Because this is a little more advanced, all entries who complete the task will be automatically awarded TWO entries!

BONUS
An extra entry will be awarded for an entry which not only meets the criteria but also does at least one thing extra. Perhaps your car has headlights or the wheels spin. Perhaps your spaceship is driven by an alien. :-)

BONUS
An extra entry will be awarded for an entry which meets the criteria solely with HTML+CSS and uses NO JavaScript.

Got the answer? Create a CodePen or a JS Fiddle and E-mail the answer.
All answers are due by the next meeting and must be done in JavaScript + HTML + CSS.


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Get Involved

Our community is only as strong as its members and that means we want to hear from you! To encourage and reward participation in all capacities, we plan to have giveaways at the end of each meeting for those who have spoken during or completed the challenge for that meeting. The more involved you are, the greater your chance of winning is each week. For a full breakdown, see below!

  • Give a talk - 5 entries
  • Share a resource - 3 entries
  • Correctly complete the monthly challenge - 1 entry

At the end of each meeting, all the entries will be tallied and a winner will be randomly selected from those entries. Get involved!

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