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Let's learn about the Lean Stack, nodejs + mongodb

Dubbed the lean stack because of it's association with lean startups, nodejs and mongodb are a very fast way to get up and going with web programming.

We'll show you how to install nodejs and mongodb on your Ubuntu or AppleMac laptop (Windows users, click here) and we can show you how to start a nodejs project and what sort of tools you need to do it.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great. Got me setup and able to continue learning

    November 18, 2013

  • eastmad

    One thing I was saying with Nic is that it might be worth "pairing" or rather working collaboratively from the outset. What do people think?

    I like Tim's idea of a project - especially one that gets repeated through different stacks!

    November 17, 2013

  • Robert H

    For those javascript junkies, I came accross this new compiler which may be worth a look. http://eleks.github.io/js2js/#features

    November 15, 2013

  • Nic F.

    Don't forget, if you have any photos do add them here. Particularly the ones that make me look even more like Johnny Cash than the ones Prash has already uploaded.

    Also, keep the suggestions coming for different stacks. I am thinking Scalatra right now just because Scala has a bit of a buzz about it. Would love to hear other ideas!

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I learned less about the Lean Stack than I'd have liked, but had a lot of fun none the less, and feel like I want to carry on learning now I've got some basics.

    November 15, 2013

    • Nic F.

      I think we tried to do a little too much. Maybe separate events on mongo and node would have been better.

      November 15, 2013

  • Tim S.

    Great event, Thanks very much ThoughtWorks for hosting and providing pizza and to Nik and Prashant for organising. Perhaps it might be an idea to set a project we could all work toward as Chris Brown was suggesting if there is enough demand for another session on the same stack as well as a workshop on another stack.
    All in well worth attending. Thanks folks.

    For those who didn't get the install finished this blog describes the process very well.

    cwbuecheler.com/web/tutorials/2013/node-express-mongo

    caveat: if you are 'nix you might need to sudo install ... at the express step

    i.e. >sudo npm install -g express

    also the later >npm install after express has been installed does not return control to the shell cleanly.

    you will get an (exit 0) message and at this point you need to ctrl c to kill the process

    November 15, 2013

  • Robert H

    Good event guys, I will definitely be up for more. Thanks for organising and sharing your time.

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • Philipp K.

    Sorry I can't make it only got the confirmation this morning and only saw it now (I was on the waiting list ).
    Is there enough demand for another session on nodejs +mongodb?

    November 14, 2013

    • Nic F.

      if we continue with the events we'll probably do both again, we might even do them separately.

      1 · November 15, 2013

    • Philipp K.

      I hope so thanks.

      November 15, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Here's the book I mentioned in the break session:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Building-Node-Applications-MongoDB-Backbone/dp/1449337392/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384503817&sr=8-1&keywords=building+node

    CAVEAT: as I said this book does give you more background than most web articles but it descends into an elongated case study that doesn't really help in teaching you the tech. As Nic said you will get most of what you need for free from the net but if you have a corporate Safari account it's probably worth a skim.

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Well organised with a good set up provided by ThoughtWorks (and pizza!). Was good to follow through a stack set up alongside others doing it at same time to fix mistakes and to talk generally about software. Suggestion for next time would be to get everyone working from the same tutorial, I think our team got lucky and found an easy, well written blog to follow. Others didn't seem to get as far as us.

    All in all, well worth the trip up to London just to get 2 hours to focus on getting node and mongo installed and talking. I think it would be good to follow up on the install with a simple project we could do together.

    Well organised by Nic and Prashant, possibly the best Meetup I've been to for a while.

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • Simon B.

    Prashant, I for one am happy if you bump me onto the waiting list (where I was previously) and allocate my slot in preference, to somebody who was in the previous 1st set of 30 confirmed places, and and can also make the revised date. Although, to be fair you should offer it based on the arrival order to the previous event (i.e.: that should carry through). Not sure how well meetup accommodates this requirement, happy to be a guinea pig ;)

    1 · October 10, 2013

    • Nic F.

      the thing is we had no easy way to do that. Not as far as I know anyway.

      I'm really sorry it happened, I was stuck because of flights and given it was the inaugrual event it was a bit much to ask people to do it without me.

      I am trying to manage those risks by pulling in more techies. It's not easy though.

      I am sorry it happened but please do remember everyone is giving their time (and pizza and drink) for free here.

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good inaugural meeting!

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • Chris

    Cool relaxed event nice format

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • Prashant G.

    Thank you all who made it. Hope you found it useful and can now start using the stack. We will work out the next date and post the meetup. Oh.. And I have put up some pics .. Please feel free to add yours

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • James de C.

    Gutted!!! confirmed off wait list at 18:23 but didn't see email till now :-(

    November 14, 2013

  • Prashant G.

    It is a bit sad that people have not given up their slots till the last minute. Apologies to those who couldn't make it because they moved off the wait list at the last minute.

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • Paul W.

    Confirmed off the wait list at 18.18 for an event that starts at 19.00 and I have to travel from Gatwick? I don't think so!

    November 14, 2013

  • Aubrey B.

    Sorry - 8:30am on the same day was too little notice to come off the wait list - hope someone else is free - shame someone waited until the last second before dropping off.

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those that use Windows, it might be worth using vagrant (http://www.vagrantup.com/) and following this post: http://blog.semmy.me/post/17222183802/node-js-getting-started-with-vagrant

    November 12, 2013

  • Danny S.

    Sorry, last minute work commitments mean I won't be able to make it.

    November 11, 2013

  • Sarah H.

    I can't make this date any more - someone grab my spot :)

    November 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't attend unfortunately, so I'm returning my spot

    October 14, 2013

  • Tim S.

    so then any news on the possibilities of the original attendees actually getting a slot on the revised date ?

    2 · October 14, 2013

  • Patrik O.

    Must agree with the previous posters. I was also on the list for tonight's session and now on the waiting list for the new date. It must certainly be more correct if we get at least offered to retain our position on the new date.

    October 10, 2013

  • Tim S.

    hold on I was an attendee list for tonight and now I am on the waitlist, this seems a little unfair. I do understand that you had to cancel but it would be nice if the people who were attending got first priority

    2 · October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im confused. I was on the attendee list for tonight. 10th of October. Has it been cancelled. I seemed to be on the waitlist now

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Robert H

    Looking forward to it

    October 10, 2013

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