Design Patterns and Pjax

Meeting Topics

For this month’s meeting we’ll have not one but two fellow craftsmen covering some topics that can keep our saws sharp and learning about potentially new tools.

From Steve Barbour: “We’ve all heard about design patterns, and we can probably recognize and implement a few. We’ll take a quick deep dive into the Chain of Responsibility Pattern. When to use it, what it is, and at least one way to implement it. ”

From Gregory Ostermayr: “Everyone uses Ajax, but have you heard of Pjax? Join us for a quick talk about Pjax. I’ll be discussing what it is, what it has to do with Turbolinks, the asset pipeline and what .NET developers can learn and use today from the rails bleeding edge.”

Resources

Logistics

The meeting will be on Thursday, November 8 at 6pm. (Click here to RSVP.) As usual we will have food and refreshments. If you have special requests for food (e.g., vegetarian-friendly), please leave us a comment below.

Like last time, this month’s meeting is being held at the Aerotek office on Cedar Bluff. The address is 408 N. Cedar Bluff Rd. Suite 140 on the first floor of the first office building behind Papa John’s on Cedar Bluff.

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