The night started with me driving to the FanPics HQ in the Mission Brewery Plaza. The one-way streets were a little annoying for parking, but it wasn't a big deal. I parked on the other side of the train tracks and only had to walk one block up the street to get to the building. The atmosphere inside of their HQ was great. On the first level they had their workspaces, a conference room and a kitchen/dining area. They even had some rings so people could get up and do an occasional pull-up or two. On the second level they had what looked like a lounge area which was comfortably furnished and I'm sure people take their laptops up their to do their work quite often. The second level is where we all were... at first.
The project I brought was the library I created called EasifyJS. I wrote a little about it in this blog post. The reason I focused on that project was mainly because I wasn't sure how to make it any better. I know there's lots of room for improvement, but I wasn't sure exactly which part or parts I should start looking at for improvement. The big idea I left with came from a developer named Gus. This isn't the blog post for me to go too far into detail about EasifyJS, so I'll just give a small explanation. Basically, his suggestion was to change the selection to be a little more jQuery-like. So instead of doing this:
e.cap('test'); //> Test
Instead I would do something like:
$E('test').cap(); //> Test
That's a small example and I'll possibly go deeper into this change in a later blog post. The main thing to point out here is not so much the change itself, but that going to the meetup provided me with a great direction to explore for this project. I can't speak for the the organizers, but my guess would be that connections like this is one of the things they had in mind when they started the BYOP event.