Web & Application Professionals Meetup – Mar 23

monthly promotional picture NOTE: VENUE & DATE CHANGE FROM ORIGINAL POST

This month we’ve two great talks, both loosely based around javascript and full stack HTML technologies. Please bring an appetite to consume cool tech, as well as food and drink. Plus we’ll have time to meet and network with other local nerds. Also, we really like folks who share, please come prepared to show us a five minute informal glimpse into something cool or interesting you’ve recently discovered.

With your suggestions we’ll continue to improve the WAPRO format in 2017. Our goals are to entice locals and guests to come share and inspire with best practices, interesting and/or fun projects, and cool tech tricks.

Upcoming meetup dates: ⛵ 3/23 🌷 4/20 🌤 5/16 ⛵ 6/22


The Long Beach Web & App Professionals (#WAPRO) group meets monthly to share and learn about the technology that ignites our imagination, builds our skill-set, expands our network, and grows community!

  1. Kyle Taborski (@ktabors) – Displaying User Generated Content (UGC)—This is a Javascript talk
  2. Josh Rencher (@joshrencher) – The story and tech behind Scriptworthy, a cloud-based screenwriting app made in Long Beach

  3. PLEASE R.S.V.P.


The Long Beach Web & App Professionals (#WAPRO) group meets monthly to share and learn about the technology that ignites our imagination, builds our skill-set, expands our network, and grows community!


In the past we’ve had professionals present that have worked on projects such as Spacex, Riot Games, X-prize, Adobe, Toyota Motor Sports, VMWare, UCLA, CSULB, AARP, and more … using technologies such as Bootstrap, Bower, Browserfy, Headless Drupal, iOS Swift, Jekyll, Meteor, Node.js, SASS, Sculpin, Zapier and more.

Every month we come together to:

  • Demo technologies we use, especially those driving the convergence of websites and mobile apps
  • Showcase our projects built with cool tech
  • Share industry “best practices”
  • Newcomer Q&A’s
  • Network, get to know each other, and otherwise have fun

We have a preference for open-source software, especially server-side. This year we have meetups focused on the life-cycle and technologies related to website and application development. We will especially try to delve into situations where mobile and web technologies converge. The meeting topics we cover will vary monthly and will be tailored to, and by, our community. Want to see something in particual? Let us know by tweeting using the hash #WAPRO.

If you have interest or work in Web or Application Development, add our meetup to your calendar now and join us! Our meetups are FREE and open to EVERYONE.

GunnJerkins Offices


DATE: Thu – March 23, 2017
TIME: 7-9p

Gunn Jerkens Marketing Communications
3950 Cover Street
Long Beach, CA 90808

Directions from 405 FWY at Lakewood: Directions
Instructions: Gunn-Jerkins building is on the South-East corner of Cover + Schaufele. Enter driveway on Shaufele (just South of Cover), then first building on left at the SE corner of the building. If you have any trouble finding the office, please call: 562-499-6707.


Displaying User Generated Content (UGC)—This is a Javascript talk

At Adobe (Livefyre) we help publishers and marketers engage with their audiences via user generated content (UGC). Starting with conversations using our comments, reviews and rating apps and moving into Media Walls, Carousels, Maps, Live Blogs, Sidenotes, etc. In most of these we display third party UGC from places like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube. I’ll walk though how the data from diverse sources is normalized and how different apps display the UGC. We display the UGC within our curation tools as well as our frontend apps. There is an evolution to how we’ve tried to best display UGC. I’ll talk about what works and what doesn’t work. This is a Javascript talk. Livefyre is Adobe’s UGC content platform. We are deployed on some of the most trafficked news sites. We have curate rules pulling in specific client defined content from the Twitter firehouse, Facebook API, Instagram API, etc. We deal with massive amounts of data and page views. For example 2.5B requests per day to via stream API, 1MM pieces of content added to apps dally, and 2.1MM documents indexed to search daily. We will look at how we display all this content to users.

Kyle Taborski

Adobe (Livefyre) Twitter: @ktabors headshot

Kyle Taborski has been a web software engineer for fifteen years working at a variety of small to large companies. I’ve mostly done Java and JavaScript development.

The story and tech behind Scriptworthy, a cloud-based screenwriting app made in Long Beach

Scriptworthy started as a hobby project a year ago and has since grown into a secure, subscription-based service quietly launched in early 2017. With a little marketing, it’s already become a useful tool for hundreds of screenwriters and continues to evolve based on their usage patterns and direct feedback. Come hear the story of how it began, see how it works, and share your thoughts on how far it could go. This talk will cover the pragmatic approach to building SaaS apps and the various technologies involved: in this case, PHP, Javascript, CSS, MySQL, cloud servers, and more. Q&A to follow, depending on audience interest and time allotted.

Josh Rencher

Globalcentric & Ironfire Twitter: @joshrencher Instagram: @joshrencher headshot

Founder of Ironfire and 20-year veteran of SaaS startups.


Our sponsors help make our meetups awesome! They feed us, provide a place to gather, share, & learn from each other, and some even give us cool things to giveaway! Take a moment to thank them, click their logo to visit their twitter/facebook account… and thank them publicly. (Please, use hash #WAPRO)

Meetup date March 23, 2017