JS Hack Night

Hack nights are a time to slough off your workaday shackles and stretch the limits of what you can do in javascript. It's a chance to experiment with new tools and techniques, learn new paradigms and practices, commiserate and collaborate with fellow devs and make interesting things.


We work in small, self-assembled groups and we'll share our results at the end of the night.

It's important to have project ideas ahead of time, so please do the following:

1. subscribe to js weekly

2. pick something interesting

3. post a comment about it here


Examples of interesting projects:

- try a framework: noflo, meteor, ~todomvc, etc

- try a library: q, allong.es, bilby, lemonad, etc

- try a language: fay, elm, roy, clojurescript, flapjax, etc

- try some web apis: audio, webgl, svg, webrtc, etc

- go parallel: workers, river trail, webcl, etc


We are beginner friendly. Here's some resources for getting up to speed with javascript:

Eloquent JS

Effective JS

JS Allonge

Fun JS


Another great way to learn JS is by reading the source of good libraries -- underscore.js is a solid starting point.

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  • John

    Hey guys, Ive been out of the front end world now for about 6 months and I am losing my chops. Looking to get the fun flowing again. Pending a fire breaking out at work, I will attend this hack night and I am going to work on hacking the facebook poker app and building a poker bot.

    I am going to :
    -use JS to compile a list of variables and objects from inside the flash movie.
    -build a routine to capture the current state when requested and send that state to a subroutine to determine the best way for my player to proceed
    -Use JS to automatically trigger the flash movie to make the appropriate next move for me.

    I really don't expect to get much further than my first objective in this session. My thought is it might be neat to collectively build the first and last objectives and work independently to build the strategy algorithm and ultimately battle our bots in a playoff. I expect this is probably a beginner / intermediate level project. If anyone else is interested shout at me.

    July 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    No idea what I'm going to do, probably just peer at people do their stuff

    1 · July 7

  • Sukhoon C.

    hey all, totally new to javascript and hack nights! i'm thinking of picking up angular.js with something simple like a recipe app that does proportions. if you're in the same floatie lemme know :D

    July 7

  • Aaron M.

    Kinda open for pairing with someone on just about anything. Otherwise i'll probably start/continue on integrating a webgl renderer into melonjs. Currently refactoring the code to use a canvas renderer. Hopefully i can get that done prior to next week :)

    July 7

  • Brandon E.

    I'm new to javascript will probably be working on the open source HabitRPG.com using AngularJS

    July 7

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