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Portland JavaScript Admirers' Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting of Portland's first JavaScript and ECMAscript users' group. We host presentations and discussions on everything JavaScript-related - including JavaScript frameworks, node.js, CoffeeScript, and whatever else comes up.

We have two talks on the agenda for this meeting:

  • Sean Adkinson will demo RequireJS and will provide helpful tips based on his experience with RequireJS.
  • Kevin Lynagh will talk about a project that he worked based on Angular.js + ClojureScript + iOS + data visualization.  JS folks may also be interested in an extensible serialization scheme that sits on top of JSON that is used in the app.

We will be raffling a free pass to Open Source Bridge.  You can enter the raffle here.

Feel free to join our mailing list at if you too are a JavaScript admirer. Or visit our web site for more information at

If you're interested in making a presentation at this or at a future meet-up, please e-mail Luc Perkins <[masked]> and Jesse Hallett <[masked]>.

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  • Faddah Steve Yuetsu W.

    this was great - thanx to sean, kevin, jesse for a great & full deep info chunky meet-up. and for pizza & sodas, FTW! sean, question — here's a further primer on require.js — at the end of this primer, it talks about “shimming” and says you don't need to shim jQuery, you said it _is_ necessary to shim it. comment? thanx again for everything.

    May 25, 2013

  • Sonny

    Great presentations both by Sean and Kevin. Thanks for the event.

    May 24, 2013

  • Tracy H.

    Scout's honor that I will be at the next meeting. Too many conflicts this month!

    May 24, 2013

  • Randie

    Thank you, Sean, Kevin, Jesse and Luc!

    May 23, 2013

  • Randie

    Re: Framework vs. Library

    Both Frameworks and Libraries are basically code that you build your application on top of. But ... Frameworks tend to be all-encompassing and heavy-handedly opinionated. They are prescriptive and restrictive, in that they enforce a strict convention for how to do things. What they buy you is instant productivity (even before you write a single line of code) at the cost of loss of some freedom. That is, if you follow their rules, they can and will make decisions for you, relieving you of many of the tedious tasks involved in building an application.

    Libraries, on the other hand, tend to be unopinionated, mostly just providing the building blocks or mechanisms with which to build your application. They leave it up to you to decide on how to structure and assemble the pieces together. Libraries give you more freedom than frameworks but also comparatively less productivity.

    Comparison Table:

    May 21, 2013

  • David M.

    Define 'framework'

    May 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd argue that a framework is a set of libraries aimed at a domain (f.e. single-page apps) that are very tightly integrated. They have a way of working with them that imposes an opinion for how the tasks in its problem domain should be solved (often including structure and architecture), and according to its champions, a given framework is the best way of solving problems in its domain.

      1 · May 21, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Right on! I think I'm copy/pasting this somewhere. Fantastic explanation Matthew!

      May 21, 2013

  • Faddah Steve Yuetsu W.

    somewhat related: all us js heads know about the node pdx conference happening this week, thursday & friday, may 16th & 17th, at holocene?

    May 13, 2013

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