Video from the August South Bay Meetup

written by Madeleine Douglas

Thanks to all of you who came out to our first meetup in the South Bay, at at Nokia HQ in Sunnyvale! For those of you who couldn’t make it, don’t worry; as always, we made sure to record everything for you.

It was quite the night— we heard presentations from Majd Taby and Greg Moeck, followed by community Q&A. Majd started us off with a talk on how bindings help SproutCore make your application smaller, concluding with an impressive demo of his work on SproutCore Touch and TransformJS. Greg spoke about connecting SproutCore apps to your backend, and best-practice approaches based on your app’s structure.

Check out the videos below! Many thanks again to our friends at Nokia, who recorded the talks— note the improved video quality 😛 — and kept everyone happily fed with pizza, cookies, and refreshments for the night.

Hope to see everyone at the September meetup, back in San Francisco at Twitter!

Video from Our International Meetups!

written by Madeleine Douglas

For those of you who haven’t heard, SproutCore meetups are going international! In the past three weeks, we’ve had meetups in Malaysia, New Zealand, Canada, and Germany—and more are in the works!

As often as possible, we make a remote session for these talks available; for those of you who couldn’t make it, we have recordings of two of the talks available now.

Here, Greg Moeck talks to the Kuala Lumpur meetup group about SproutCore Views Best Practices:

Tom Dale also gave a talk to the Vancouver group about SproutCore UI. The sound is slightly less clear on this recording— our apologies!

The Q&As from these sessions are also available on the SproutCore Vimeo channel.

We always love hearing from the Core Team, but the community is also interested in demos and real-world applications using SproutCore. If you’d like to speak at a meetup, or just show some code and workshop it with other SproutCore devs, let us know!

We have lots to learn from each other, and want to hear from YOU!

Video from the July SF Meetup – SproutCore UI and Community Q&A

written by Madeleine Douglas

Thanks to everyone who came out for the SF SproutCore Meetup this past Tuesday! For those of you who couldn’t make it, Majd Taby gave a talk about what’s coming in SproutCore UI; afterward, we had a town hall meeting about SproutCore 2.0 and a variety of other questions from the community. We even had Yehuda Katz give an impromptu presentation!

We’ve included video from the talk and from the Q&A below. Thanks again to our friends at Yelp for providing us with pizza, beer, and a recording with audio so clear it sparkles!

Check out Majd’s talk on SproutCore UI:

You can follow along with his slides, available here.

Here’s the Q&A that followed:

One of our first community questions, about choosing which version of SproutCore to use:

There are more questions and answers from the evening’s town hall online on the SproutCore Vimeo account. Take a look—they might have answered your questions!

Other meetups this month:

  • Kuala Lumpur, July 23, featuring a remote talk by Greg Moeck!
  • Vancouver, July 26, featuring talks by Tom Dale and community member Luis Sala!

Get Up to Date with the SproutCore Meetups!

written by Madeleine Douglas

Have you been to a SproutCore Meetup yet? If you haven’t, now is the time!

Since February, we have grown from having 3 active meetups in the US to having 10 internationally– and several more in the works. We’re excited by the energetic response we’ve received from you, the SproutCore community, and hope many of you are able to come and share in the awesomeness (and swag!).

We’re always looking for ways to involve more community members in the user groups. If you’re interested in speaking at any of the existing meetups, or if you’re interested in starting a meetup in your neck of the woods, email us at– we’d love to have you!

In the meantime, we want to share some talks that have been given at recent meetups: The Future of SproutCore, by Tom Dale at the Chicago meetup on May 24, and Structuring Teams to Build Large-Scale SproutCore Apps, given by Peter Bergstrom to the San Francisco meetup on June 14th.

On the 14th, the SF group was also lucky enough to hear a great talk by Colin Campbell on the ABCs of Building a SproutCore App. Unfortunately, we had a bit of a hiccup recording Colin’s talk, but stay tuned for a blog post next week where he’ll take you through the code examples he showed.

Until then, you can find the code from his presentation here.

In this talk, The Future of SproutCore, Tom Dale explains some of the changes that are coming in SproutCore 2.0, and hopefully answers a few questions you may have about where SproutCore is headed.

Bear with us on the audio for the first portion; the echo goes away quickly 🙂

Watch here as Peter Bergstrom expands on his blog post about structuring teams and division of labor on large-scale SproutCore projects.

We hope you found these recordings helpful– and next time, we hope to see you in person!

Watch the Talks from Tuesday’s SF Meetup!

written by Madeleine Douglas

We had a great turnout at Tuesday’s San Francisco SproutCore Meetup, kindly hosted again by the folks at Twitter. Nothing like some pizza, beer, and talks about SproutCore to get the week going right 🙂

For those of you who couldn’t make it in person, we’re posting the recordings of the talks here on the blog! You’ll find the audio quality is better this time around 😛


Catch Up on the SF Meetup!

written by Madeleine Douglas

A big thanks to everyone who braved the rain and came out to last week’s San Francisco SproutCore Meetup! We had a great time chatting with all of you before and after; and hope you had your fill of pizza and learned a thing or two 🙂

If you missed the Meetup, fear not! Through some highly experimental webcamming, we’ve put together two talk recordings. It’s not quite as awesome as your very own neighborhood Meetup, but it’s a start.

Forgive the audio quality on Tom’s talk– it took us a little while to work out the kinks with our mic. We promise to be better next time 😛

Check out Tom’s talk on the View Layer:

The View Layer- Talk by Tom Dale from SproutCore on Vimeo.

There’s also Yehuda’s introduction to SproutCore/Updates for the 1.5 beta: 

SproutCore 1.5 – Talk by Yehuda Katz from SproutCore on Vimeo.

Lastly, save the date: our next meetup is happening on Tuesday, 4/26! Keep an eye on the Meetup group for specific details.

See you there!

More Meetup Goodness!

written by Leah Silber

There’s been a lot of movement on the SproutCore Meetups front as of late; if you haven’t been to a Meetup yet, you definitely want to try and make it out. It’s a great opportunity to meet other talented developers, learn about the ins and outs, and even better, show off your code. We’ve got a number of Meetups happening soon, so find the one nearest you!

New York
February 23

The first New York City SproutCore Meetup kicks off with a visit from SproutCore creator Charles Jolley. He’ll talk a bit about the history of SproutCore, the current state of affairs, and the exciting things on the way. RSVP here.

February 24

The Toronto HTML 5 group will be switching gears for their February Meetup, for An Evening with SproutCore. Core Team Member Michael Cohen will be on hand to walk folks through some SproutCore design concept basics, and to show off some great production SproutCore apps, like the recently released NPR app and Eloqua10. RSVP here.

March 3

The SproutCore Chicago group kicks off their series with a great talk by Jeff O’Dell on Lebowski, the top SproutCore testing framework out there. RSVP here.  

San Francisco
March 16

The second 2011 edition of the SF SproutCore Meetup will feature two great talks. First up is Core Team Member Tom Dale, talking about the SproutCore View Layer, and second, Core Team Member Yehuda Katz will present an update on the much-anticipated release of Amber. RSVP here.

All of the meetups have limited seating, and sponsored food and drinks. Past Meetups have been filling up fast, so be sure to RSVP now! See you all there… 

SproutCore User Groups and Docs Hackathon!

written by SproutCore

Things are taking off for folks interested in starting local user groups! 2009 saw the resurgence of the San Francisco group, and thus far, just in January, groups have been announced in both New York and Chicago, with dates on the way. If you’re interested in starting a group in your area, we’d love to help you get off your feet! Send us an email and we’ll get in touch 🙂

The next edition of the San Francisco User Group will be all about the docs—we’ll be gathering, hackathon style, to work on general documentation and the new SproutCore Guides. There’s been a major recent interest in getting our documentation resources up to snuff to keep up with the growing number of new developers looking to dive in, and this is the perfect way to keep the momentum going.

There’ll be a small, but not too small group gathering on-site in San Francisco, and a number of folks joining us via the web. We’ll start with some intros, talk about how to divvy up the work, and then pair off. SproutCore Core Team members Yehuda Katz and Peter Wagenet will be on-site and online leading the festivities and answering questions.

If you’d like to join us, on or off site, be sure to RSVP. To attend in person (there *will* be pizza and drinks, courtesy of the folks at Strobe), hit the main Meetup page. To join us remotely (and there are, alas, only a small number of spots, to be sure we can work with everyone in attendance), there’s a separate Meetup invite for you.

Join Us for the First San Francisco SproutCore Meetup!

written by SproutCore

You’ve all been asking for it, and it’s time to deliver! It’s been a nice long while since our last few meetups (embarrassingly long, evendon’t look it up…), so you definitely want to join us for this one, as we get things kicked off again.

We’ll be meeting on Tuesday, November 23rd, 6:30 p.m. in downtown San Francisco (SOMA, to be specific) for our first proper SF Meetup. Get to know SproutCore creator (and the evening’s MC) Charles Jolley, along with members of the SproutCore Core Team—Evin Grano, Yehuda Katz, Peter Wagenet and more—as they walk us through some of the latest and greatest developments in SproutCore. We’d also love to hear about how you’ve been using SproutCore, so come prepared for lightning talks!

Our friends at Strobe will be sponsoring with pizza and drinks, and Engine Yard will be hosting. The space is great, but is limited, so be sure to RSVP via Meetup. See you there!