Applications that end-users will interact with

All Things WordPress n. Atlanta

This WordPress Group meets in Marietta. From their Meetup Page:

A monthly Meetup, typically held on the third Thursday of each month, discussing the intersection of WordPress and social media. We'll spend 20-30 minutes presenting the latest topic and giving you hands-on ideas to incorporate, and the rest of the time will be spent working with each other on the daily topic or any other WordPress or social media issue that you might have.

WordPress Coders

There's a new meetup in town, the WordPress Coders Guild. This isn't for content creators or bloggers, it's for PHP coders. From their Meetup page:

Is this meetup for you?

• Are you a programmer or designer using WordPress to create highly custom solutions for your clients, or do you aspire to be?

• Do you work for a digital or interactive agency, or an internal corporate web development team, or are you looking to work for one?

• Do your projects have budgets that typically exceed $100k+, or do you want to have those projects? 

• Do you work best on a project team instead of being a one-person WordPress impresario?

• Are you not afraid of learning new things, things like PHP, MySQL, Apache, Javascript, jQuery, Git, Backbone, Vagrant, Gulp, Grunt, SASS and of course the WordPress API?

If you answered "Yes" to all the above questions then The Atlanta WordPress Coder's Guild is for you. 

This group is a new type of WordPress meetup in Atlanta. First, we are not affiliated with the WordPress Foundation's Community Meetups initiative because we are not open to WordPress end-users. We are instead a group for serious professionals with a goal of raising the bar for WordPress coder talent in the Southeast and to make it more viable for the major project funders to choose WordPress instead of closed source solutions. 

We plan to run WordPress workshops teaching the best practices that are relevant for using WordPress as a platform for well-funded corporate projects. This meetup will not focus on the best practices that many in the community discuss which emphasize an end-user's needs to switch themes and automatically upgrade plugins. Those end-user focused best practices are woefully inadequate and often at cross-purposes to professional development practices. 

So this meetup will cover the best practices expected by clients who spend $100k+ on a website and want to ensure they get stability, security, performance and a financial return on their investment.

Join us and let's get started raising the bar for WordPress talent in Atlanta.

WordPress Hands-On

From their Meetup.com page:

Created for novices, newbies, beginners and intermediate users

Many small business owners want a do-it-yourself website, yet quickly find themselves overwhelmed and uncertain of where to turn for help.

Does this sound like you?

  • You’re a business owner, freelancer or hobbyist who wants a great-looking site that you have complete control over.
  • You want a site that’s easy to manage without learning a coding language, or going to night-school web design classes.
  • You want a site that’s easy to manage without learning a coding language, or going to night-school web design classes.

Then, this Meetup group is the right one for you.

Stop thinking WordPress is a magical dirt-simple website solution. Join us monthly to share and solve your WordPress struggles.

We start with a short introduction, share a current struggle, and then get to work on our sites with guided assistance from experienced WordPress users.

Atlanta Wordpress, SEO and Web Design

There's an Atlanta Wordpress, SEO and Web Design Group. I'm not quite sure how this differs from the Atlanta WordPress Users' Group, except that from the title, it sounds like they have a somewhat broader charter. From their Meetup Page:

This meetup group is designed to help business owners, bloggers and amateurs to start their own website using Wordpress. 

In addition, you will learn how to enable your site to be found online as well as general small business web marketing and advertising techniques.

If you are starting a business or need help promoting an existing business, this is the meetup to be in.

By attending our meetup, you will learn the following:

  • Create/Edit and publish a Wordpress site
  • Wordpress Plugins, Themes and Widgets
  • Website tweaks and best practices
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Small Business Web Tools
  • Google Services, Adwords, Adsense & Google Places
  • Online Marketing

This information is sourced from first hand experience from a current WordPress designer and business owner.

Please join us, I promise you'll learn something new and come back for more!

Thank you, I look forward to meeting you soon.

Ushahidi Atlanta

From the Meetup Page:

Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. Some of our products include the Ushahidi platform, Crowdmap and Swift River.

We encourage meet-ups to talk about deployments, design, development, policy and community capacity building. The Ushahidi team will organize events ranging from casual events, virtual events to larger topical events around the world. We will also work with you to provide outreach and potentially arrange local guests for your local meet-ups. Just drop us a line and we'll coordinate.

It seems that most of the meetups are virtual, but there's about 600 members in the Atlanta Ushahidi meetup, and they seems to do physical meetups occasionally.

MySQL meetup

There's a local MySQL meetup, see: www.meetup.com/AtlantaMySQL. They meet at CCCI. The first-hand reports and meetup stats indicate that it's a small group so far. So everyone interested, join up and learn more about the most popular open-source relational database system.

Southeast Magento Meetup

The Southeast Magento Meetup has started. Topics will be of interest to users of the Magento e-commerce package.

Alfresco

Alfresco is an open source content management project. At least, one of the licensing options is open-source. It's dual licensed: open and commercial. There is a local community starting in Atlanta, http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Alfresco-Content-Management-User-Group. Their schedule has been a bit sporadic so far, so please check the calendar for the next one.

Atlanta WordPress UserGroup

Well it seems that at last the WordPress users have gathered into the AtlantaWordPress UserGroup. Looks like they're looking for a new meeting location, a bit closer to town. Anybody who knows of a good spot, please drop them a note. As to their charter: according to their meetup:

For web beginners and WP Gurus to get together to learn and bounce ideas off each other, and have a good time!

Meet other local WordPress users, the Web's fastest growing dynamic content management system. Gather and discuss the best ways to work with your WordPress and your site.

Open to anyone interested in learning more about HTML, starting a blog, building your own site and learning about plugin tools to enhance your site.

There's now also a Northwest offshoot as well.

Plone

There appears to be an Atlanta Plone Users' Group. For the Unfamiliar: Plone is a Content Management System (CMS) written on top of Zope. "So what'sa a Zope?" I hear you cry. Zope is an application development framework written in Python. Python (named for the 6 Brits, not the snake) is a scripting programming language that's fairly popular in open-source circles. The Google guys use it a fair amount. Anyway, there are two places to learn about this group: the Plone site and Their Own . It's a little wierd: the Plone site has links for their meetings, but not the organization. Their own local site has info about the organization, but not the meetings. Guys: check out meetup.com for your meetings!

Atlanta PostgreSQL Users' Group

Yea!!! One of my favorite Open Source projects is forming an Atlanta users' group, namely: PostgreSQL. In my opinion, one of, if not the best open source databases around!! Here's the intro from their blog:

Hey, y'all; due to a pair of funerals I've attended these past few days, I'm behind on meeting planning. Let's have the first meeting next Tuesday, March 18th, at 6:30 PM in the Buckhead Borders (in the upstairs coffee lounge). At the meeting, we'll look at a pair of PostgreSQL LiveCDs, discuss organization of the Atlanta-Area PostgreSQL User Group, talk about upcoming conferences (PostgreSQL Conference EAST and PGCon 2008), and generally geek out over the world's most advanced open source DB. ;)

Leave a comment or drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're planning on attending; I look forward to seeing all of y'all next week! :)

update: ok, looks like another fledgling open source group has gone moribund. There hasn't been any activity on this for about nine months, so I'm marking it as inactive for the time being.

Drupal Atlanta

Drupal is an open-source content management system (CMS) written in PHP/MySQL. The local Drupal Atlanta group has two meetings per month. A hands-on, workshop-like meeting takes place at Manuel's Tavern intown. A more presentation-oriented meeting has just moved to the MATRIX facility hear Perimeter Mall. Probably the best way to get with them is through their MeetUp Group. If you miss a meeting, please don't cry blue tears, though.

SugarCRM

The SugarCRM group is relaunching. See their meetup page.

Joomla User Group Atlanta

The Joomla folks used to be called Joomla Southeast, but they're focusing more on Atlanta and moving to a meetup group at: http://www.meetup.com/atlantajoomla/

They meet the 2nd Monday of the month near Perimeter Mall.

Atlanta Asterisk Users' Group

Asterisk is the open-source telephone private branch exchange (PBX) software sponsored by the Digium folks over in Huntsville. It has remarkable functionality and flexibility. But configuring the infamous dialplan file can be daunting. The Atlanta Asterisk Users' Group helps newbie and pro alike to get the most out of Asterisk. The meet at Noble Systems on Ashford-Dunwoody road. See their website at: http://www.meetup.com/atlaug/