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Node.js Bootcamp #1 - From "Noob" to "Near Guru"

This bootcamp session will be super special!  We are gonna do a full Node.js tutorial.  During this session you will go from "I heard about this Node thing" to "Node Guru".  Well, maybe not quite Guru status but you'll have built your very first app.

During the day you will:

* Learn how setup and install Node.js

* Quickly learn how to use Git & Github

* Learn how to install npm, get a quick run through of modules & node_modules, learn about how to manage module dependencies with git & package.json files

* Get an intro to framework-less Node.js coding and the Node.js API

* Get an overview of some of the frameworks out there.

* Work through building a sample app using express and some database (probably MongoDB). This will include best practices, unit testing, and deployment.

* Then maybe poke around with some modules if there is time permitting.

I am super excited about this bootcamp session and look forward to seeing everyone. This event is not only for newbies to Node.js and Javascript as there will be some more advanced things covered but if you have worked with Node.js before some of this will be review.  If nothing else come for the networking! Feel free to bring your laptop to play along. We will be mostly supporting Unixy Node.js (Mac, Linux) however if you are working on windows we will try our best to accomodate you!

Also we will do a pizza group-buy for lunch so bring $10 if you would like to be in on that.  Otherwise feel free to bring your own lunch.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Get job guys. Supper turn out too. Wish I could understand what was going on lol. Oh well some day.

    February 26, 2012

  • Eric K.

    We could have been a bit more organized but overall the content, turnout, and timing was excellent.

    February 26, 2012

  • Jim D.

    I greatly appreciate the effort put in and the knowledge of the presenters. I do however feel that too much time was spent on the review of Javascript that was likely unnecessary for most or all participants. It took away time from the main topic. Also, I would have preferred if the focus was more on the core node.js rather than node.js plus the other add ons like express and mocha. I'd like to learn about those later, after I already understand the core of node.js.

    February 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    it was awesome, thanks for the effort!

    February 26, 2012

  • Tri N.

    I don't feel like a near guru yet...and I wish there was more support for us windows guys :p

    February 26, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Think of it as another incentive to show up :-).

    February 17, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Ha ha. Wow! Okay. There will not be any debate over why or why not to use NodeJS (Anybody can find something to hate with any language or technology). With that said we will outline reasons and use cases for why NodeJS is a good fit and maybe some spots where it is not. I will elaborate more next week but it will not turn into a flame war.

    February 17, 2012

  • Tri N.

    I agree, when I suggested a discussion, I don't mean debate about the pros and cons, but rather give more knowledge as to the strengths and weakness of nodejs. I have never worked with nodejs, and I would like to learn so by the end of the bootcamp, but I would also like to be able to get a sense of what pitfalls could be faced if one decides to make a more advance application.

    February 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't mind a little chat about some of the points from that blog, as long as it doesn't distract too much from the actual bootcamp--I want to learn how to use NodeJS, not spend the day debating about whether it's good or not.

    February 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd be keen on hearing points from that (scathing!) blog post discussed in the context of Node's benefits and drawbacks. As a noob, I have little idea as to how to decide if Node is a good choice for a particular case or not. The HN comments on that post brought up some interesting points https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3547476

    February 17, 2012

  • David L.

    Eric, it's about JavaScript which doesn't have much to do with Java besides the similarity in the name.
    I think it makes sense to address the issues in the blog post somehow but it might take some time to discuss it in full. My favourite would be an application architecture and testing themed workshop for next month.

    February 17, 2012

  • Abhinav

    Java is to JavaScript what Car is to Carpet - anonymous

    February 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would it be a waste of time coming to this if you have no experience with java programming?

    February 17, 2012

  • Tri N.

    Interesting, I'd really like to hear counters to those arguments....do we have to wait till next week to hear them? or can some people who have experience on nodejs comment on them now?

    February 17, 2012

  • Eric K.

    We will probably cover a bit on authentication but not in a ton of detail. I want to save that for one of the following sessions. We can chat a bit about it during the lunch break if you'd like though.

    February 15, 2012

  • Tri N.

    For this meetup, will there be time to talk about authentication using nodejs?

    February 15, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Me too. Ha ha. I'll try and see what we can work out for sponsorship!

    February 7, 2012

  • Tri N.

    Any chance we can make it a "everyone pitch in $10 event and get a whack load of pizza for lunch from next door" event?
    :D

    February 6, 2012

  • Eric K.

    For this intro bootcamp it will be a full day event. We will be running from 11am to 5-7pm (depending on how long it takes to get through the material). Unfortunately, since it is a free event lunch will not be provided but there is a kitchen that can be used and there are a couple restaurants around. Also, free WIFI is provided by AcceleratorYYC. See you there :-)!

    February 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, is there WIFI available at this location?

    February 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just wondering the same thing as Tri, how long does the event run for?

    February 6, 2012

  • Tri N.

    Does someone know how many hours these things usually run for?
    I'd be willing to stay as late as needed to achieve near guru status!

    February 6, 2012

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