Two talks: JavaScript Modules, then Chrome Dev Tools.

We've had to close the RSVP 48 hours before the event due to getting the attendee list to building security in time for the event to take place. Apologies for the inconvenience. Hopefully, we can find some flexibility around this requirement in future.


We're going to run with two talks to kick-off our first NYFEC meetup in our new home - the Empire State Building!

First up we have John Novatnack from Square.


"JavaScript Modules".

Designed for isolated browser based apps, JavaScript has historically lacked an API for writing modular reusable pieces of code. Now that JavaScript codebases are more complex and share functionality between the browser and server with engines such as Node.js, a strong JavaScript module API is critical for enabling code reuse and a more organized code base.

In this talk, John will give an overview of different JavaScript module APIs including CommonJS, AMD and the future direction paved by ECMAScript 6.

He will cover the basics of each and ways that they can be used today to modularize your code.

John Novatnack is a software engineer at Square NYC practicing the art of JavaScript and front-end development. Previously he built backend systems and crunched data at Google and Spotify. His interests are composed of the modules; web, cats, books, bicycles.

Secondly, will be Adam Bankin (me) from Shutterstock

"Get more out of Chrome Dev Tools"

From simple live page CSS alterations and JavaScript logging, to device emulation and performance profiling, understanding Chrome's Dev Tools has become an indispensable skill for front-end coders.

This talk will cover a wide variety of tips and tricks that developers of all skill levels can use.

Adam Bankin is a front-end engineer at Shutterstock's NY office. His days are spent happily modernizing and re-architecting the codebase to make things go zoom.

Remember - If you have a talk you want to do that's focused on Front End technologies, drop us a line!

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  • Adam B.

    Apologies for the delay. I was having trouble converting it to a pdf. Joanne, your message prompted me into action - you can see it/grab it here:

    April 28, 2014

  • Jo

    Can we get the slides to the dev tool talk too?

    April 1, 2014

  • Darryle S.

    Right when you think you know how to use Chrome dev tools like a ninja, a stronger ninja arises to show you new tricks. I now have more weapons in my javascript debugging arsenal.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • John N.

    Thanks everyone. My slides are available at

    March 27, 2014

  • Devin M.

    Great presentations and location!

    March 26, 2014

  • Anna K.

    Loved both talks - very useful and informative!

    March 26, 2014

  • Lea S.

    It was great ! Thanks Adam and John let's keep in touch @leafrontend

    March 26, 2014

  • Eric S.

    Very useful topic! Thanks for hosting and sharing! And the food is great!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Jennifer H.

    Can you share a schedule for the talk? Will the speakers start at 7pm?

    March 26, 2014

    • Adam B.

      Hi Jennifer. Doors are at 6:30pm, John's up first at 7 and I'm on at around 7:30.

      1 · March 26, 2014

  • Aisha G.

    Was really looking forward to this :-( Hopefully I can make it next time.

    March 26, 2014

    • Adam B.

      Sorry Aisha. Our next event is looking like it'll be 4/23. More details to come.

      1 · March 26, 2014

  • Ihor S.

    Thanks for organizing this talk. Will the session be recorded and made available for later viewing?

    March 26, 2014

    • Adam B.

      I believe we are going to be recording it. I'll update this page with further info after the event.

      March 26, 2014

  • sam s.

    weird, 23 spots left but RSVP closed? can I just show up and hope to get in?

    March 24, 2014

    • Adam B.

      II emailed the group earlier today. We need to close the list 48hrs before the meetup to make sure we get all names to building security

      March 24, 2014

    • Jaclyn J.

      I'm in the same boat, I'd like to come but now I can't RSVP :(

      March 25, 2014

  • Henry W.

    It is always interesting and insightful, thanks for organizing this.

    March 24, 2014

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    A former member


    March 24, 2014

  • andy

    will you provide free food and drink?

    January 24, 2014

    • Adam B.

      Hey Andy. Yes. Probably the traditional beer and pizza combo.

      2 · January 24, 2014

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