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Node Up! Server side JavaScript FTW!

Change of plans! We will eventually test our app but realized that this will be a lot easier if we have a backend up and running (which we need to test, too!). So lets get down into some server side JavaScript!

Forget about Java, Rails, PHP, ASP.NET or whatever else you are used to, it is time meet NodeJS!

Like last time we will do some live coding covering:

  • What's Node and why should I use it?
  • Basic server side programming
  • NodeJS 101
  • CommonJS modules
  • Web applications with Express
  • Persistent storage with MongoDB and Mongoskin
  • User registration and login

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was good. I invited a friend along, and she found it a bit hard to follow. "The pacing was weird." Specifically, there were places where a lot of time was spent doing something, but not as much time spent saying why it was that way or what the benefits were.

    April 25, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Thanks for the feedback Dane. Much appreciated. So we can improve, is there anything in particular you would have liked more explanation on? I can try and explain more stuff either in a group email, on here, or in our next meetup. We want our sessions to be a baseline that covers things but we also want to encourage everyone to investigate things they don't understand. Hopefully our slides and code are a good reference to anchor on too. Especially as we progress through the year, some of this stuff we will get into a bit deeper and you will start to see some of the best practices that both Dave and I encourage.

      With that said please keep this feedback coming! We love to hear the things we are doing right and what we are doing wrong.

      April 25, 2013

    • David L.

      I think the pacing would seem weird if you didn't attend the previous session(s) because we did not go into any of the things we set up or covered there. Maybe we need a longer 15 to 20 minute recap from the previous sessions but generally the idea was to build on top the previous session.

      April 26, 2013

  • Martin Giffy D.

    Great event. Came away with a lot of things to read up on.

    April 26, 2013

  • Amin I.

    I was looking to stick around and chat but unfortunately had to leave right away. Hopefully next time.

    April 26, 2013

    • Amin I.

      By the way, as to give feedback, I believe there could be more audience involvement and interaction in the meet. This was my first time, and I am not too familiar with the meet itself to be able to give much constructive feedback. But I did notice that some technologies which were explained were very important (specifically at this point in time) and they had little description and/or thought involvement by the audience. The information was amazing and very useful but there was not much information on their applications / growth / useful bundling with other techs etc. Seeing all the talent present in the room, I think there can be a variety of ways to take advantage of attendees. Cheers

      April 26, 2013

  • Andrew 'Percy' H.

    Sad I couldn't make it tonight; stuck at home with a sick family. Hope it went well!

    April 26, 2013

  • Steve M.

    I've been developing primarily on Node.js for the past 6-7 months and I still walked away with some new knowledge.

    April 26, 2013

  • giang

    Arrg last minute of changed..i won't be make it today.

    April 25, 2013

  • Ronnie J.

    Sorry, I can't attend tomorrow session. Not good for me.

    April 24, 2013

  • Abhin C.

    Not sure if you guys have seen this (http://meteor.com/screencast) but it's based on node and it's blowing my mind!

    April 22, 2013

    • Jonathan P.

      Yes, I'm a huge advocate of meteor. It's really easy to get up to speed on and I've found I can hack around in it well enough to get it to do things not supported out of the box quite easily. If you have any questions I can try to answer.

      April 22, 2013

    • Eric K.

      I think they have some great ideas and obviously are very smart but it doesn't follow NodeJS convention in a lot of ways. They have some proprietary stuff and you need to use their module management system. As far as I know its not super easy to use other modules outside of meteor as well.

      1 · April 22, 2013

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