Double feature!

We have a double feature tonight. A double dose of node goodness . . .

7pm Node.js in an Embedded Environment

Presented by Matt Walters and Dave Alexander from Koko Fit Club

Koko Fit Club creates hardware and software experiences that allow you to take control of your health and fitness. We'll show how we're using Node.js to create a high tech touch-screen treadmill.

8pm Config-less Deployments

Presented by David Newell

Organization of code in JavaScript is more difficult that most languages and numerous tools have been developed that help with the problem.  RequireJS looks great, but requires all dependencies to follow it's format.  Grunt is a powerful tool, but the config files separate what is happening to the JavaScript and the JavaScript itself.  What other modern language has dependencies listed in files outside of the code itself?  At OrderGroove, we have built tools that merge the power of Grunt and the syntax of RequireJS.  Built on an extensible platform, code organization is just the tip of what Deployment Groove can do for you project.

David is the Senior Front End Developer at Order Groove, trusted with the execution of our javascript across many client sites.  In this role and as the organizer of the CoffeeScript Meetup,  David has spread the efficacy of test driven front end code and has sparked interest in emerging technologies.  A life long programmer, David wrote his first script when given the chance to create a LEGO robot in 4th grade.


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  • John O.

    I was only there for the first presentation but got a tremendous amount out of it. I hadn't really thought much previously about using Node within an embedded application but I really like the idea when the performance is suitable to the task. The presentation managed to cover enough of the architecture and implementation points so I 'got it'. Thanks a bunch.

    February 21, 2013

    • Matt W.

      Thanks for the feedback, John! Thanks for coming.

      February 21, 2013

  • Matt W.

    Thanks again for coming, everyone!

    Here is the repo from the first presentation Dave Alexander and I gave:

    If you attended, please remember to rate the event and please leave us feedback so we can improve.


    Matt Walters

    February 21, 2013

  • Justin S.

    Work. Can't make it now. Someone can have my spot!

    February 20, 2013

  • Jason P.

    too much work, sorry!!

    February 20, 2013

  • Matt W.

    Hi everybody,

    If you would like to clone the repo for the first presentation, it's available here: Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight!


    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Reed O.

    out of town:/

    February 20, 2013

  • Andrew P.

    Or, if you want to go, then just show up! Nearly every single meetup I've ever been to has tons of RSVPs that don't show. It's pretty easy to also say, "arrive later than 15 minutes and you forfeit your spot". Granted, it requires name checking at the door, and spaces that require name lists before hand are tough, but that could be solved by allowing everyone on the waitlist + list in the building, and deny them at the space door.

    Either way, blacklisting a no-show is definitely an unnecessary escalation.

    1 · February 14, 2013

    • Colin O.

      Awesome, thanks guys. It's a plan. And let's not get punitive.

      February 15, 2013

    • Peter B.

      Just bear in mind we can't guarantee admittance if you're not on the list. It is tough. We have *lots* of no-shows. We could black list. We could charge $5 to sign up to make a no show more expensive and spend it on something for the meetup. We could only open up sign ups the day of - there are lots of options each of which seems to suck for different reasons. May try some experiments over the next few meetings to see what works best.

      February 15, 2013

  • Colin O.

    On the waiting list as well. Would also appreciate some process to ensure that folks are serious if they're taking scarce spots or/and some way for others to gain from the event if they can't get in.

    February 14, 2013

  • Martin G.

    I was at the meeting last night. 90 people reserved spots, but only 30 showed up. It really would be helpful to charge $10 or so per meeting to insure a level of commitment. Also, anyone who reserves a spot then doesn't show up without cancelling at least a day before, should be blacklisted.

    February 14, 2013

  • Dion R.

    Have you guys thought of doing something like a Google Hangout to accommodate the waitlist for the event?

    February 14, 2013

  • Travis K.

    Really looking forward to this!

    January 29, 2013

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