Node from Nothing (a fast-paced hands-on intro)

  • April 17, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Bring your lap-top and get started with Node!

If you are new to Node or interested in getting started, this meet-up is for you.

If you already are using Node, but find it strange or befuddling, then this meet-up is for you too.

The presentation will provide a quick-paced, sweeping overview of a dozen key concepts needed to work with Node. Six have to do with Node itself, and six with Javascript. They are:

for Node
1. npm
2. require (modules)
3. package.json
4. github
5. event loop
6. async (callbacks, event emitters, streams)

for Javascript
1. functions are objects
2. closures
3. what is "this" and when isn't it
4. prototypal inheritance
5. non-static (duck) typing
6. block scope === false


The presentation will begin at 7pm sharp. Feel free to arrive any time after 6:30.

Unlike our previous meetups, this will be in a classroom facility so there will be NO food or drink provided. Sorry. Fuel-up before you arrive :-)

Parking in the Alvin Sherman Library parking garage at Nova will be FREE if you print out and bring with you the Parking Pass for this meetup. The parking pass is here as a JPG and here as a PDF.

Please download and install Node on your laptop prior to the meet-up. The latest and greatest version of Node (0.10.x) can be installed from the NodeJs home page  (  If you encounter difficulties, arrive before 7 and we'll try to help you resolve.


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  • Daniel M.

    Very informative. Thanks! I am totally new to node.js but I have been doing a lot of client-side javascript lately and I have done server-side web application development in Perl mostly for 15 years now. I definitely see a lot of good things in node.js
    I am looking for a non-trivial problem (but not too difficult!) where a node.js would be better than a regular webserver/framework solution. At the same time, I would be like it to be able to simulate in a laptop and compare to how I would normally try to solve it. Anyone suggestion? It would be nice if it involved open data repositories.

    1 · April 18, 2013

  • vincent y.

    Hey stewart... what hosting platform are you recommending lately?

    April 17, 2013

    • Stuart M.

      I recommend checking out and comparing for suitability for your needs: Heroku, AppFog, and Nodejitsu. They each have distinct strengths over the others.

      April 18, 2013

    • Juan

      Cloudfoundry is really flexible, too

      April 18, 2013

  • Stuart M.

    April 17, 2013

  • Alfonso G.

    Anyone driving up from Miami I can hitch a ride with?

    April 12, 2013

    • RoLY r.

      Now you do. Want to join us?

      April 17, 2013

    • Caridy P.

      @RoLY, unfortunately I can't join you guys today, but I will try next time!

      April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great event. Unfortunately, I will not be there. Hoping to make it next month.

    April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I'm up in Boynton. Wish there was a meetup in the Palm Beach Area!

    April 11, 2013

    • Stuart M.

      Tyson - I'd be stoked to make a NodeJS presentation in WPB. Perhaps a high level intro as to what NodeJS is, what makes it so unique, and powerful - which is driving (I believe) it's pull-led adoption. I'll follow-up with you about this.

      April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member


      April 13, 2013

  • Damian M.

    Great meeting! Damn it. I'm away in Canada that day!

    April 11, 2013

  • Stuart M.

    If you are attending, please download and install Node on your laptop prior to the meet-up. The latest and greatest version of Node (0.10.x) can be installed from the NodeJs home page at

    April 11, 2013

  • Alfredo D.

    Sounds too cool to pass up.

    1 · April 11, 2013

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