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VanJS: Advanced Node.js and Modernizr 2

Prepare for a very special VanJS. This month we have Faruk Ate? in town presenting the future of his popular Modernizr progressive-enhancement library, and our beloved Joyeurs presenting an in depth look at using Node.js and as part of your daily work.

Node.js In Depth: Brock Whitten and Rob Ellis of Joyent will bring practical advice for making Node.js part of your everyday toolkit and getting deployed on the Joyent platform. "Hello World" is the starting point of this talk and users are expected to have come this far on their own. They will cover deployment on, how to upload files, streams & the pump() utility, modules, npm 1.0, package.json, connect/express, and

A New Approach to Web Development with Modernizr 2: Faruk Ate? is Lead Designer at Apture, was previously a UI Engineer at Apple, and wrote both JQuery Runloop and Modernizr. The Web is buzzing with excitement over HTML5, CSS3, Responsive Web Design, Progressive Enhancement, “Mobile First” and whether or not tablets are something to design for separately from the desktop. Modernizr 2 was designed specifically to make it easy for you to do all these great things, without losing your head in the cloud(s).


  • Node.js: Brock Whitten and Rob Ellis
  • Mdernizr 2: Faruk Ate?
  • Beers tentative due to playoff insanity

We'll be at SFU Harbour Centre as we usually are, this time in the larger theatre-style room 1800. As usual, first come first served.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Node.js talk got a little chaotic / unstructured from time to time, and Faruk rushed his talk more than he needed to (for people to make the game).

    May 18, 2011

  • Jeremy Felix D.

    Sad I missed it, really excited by node. I gotta be faster on that "Attending" button...

    May 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found it interesting to hear the thoughts behind Modernizr. I would have enjoyed the meetup more should I not have had to rush down...

    April 27, 2011

  • saem

    I was hope it was more than what it was. The presentation was you've just finished hello world, and are asking "nao wat?".

    What I was expecting was either a dive into the internals, or a climb into specifics. Instead it was more like here is some neat stuff to move onto (which I knew most of), and I've only dabbled with node.

    April 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    VanJS is always good value!

    April 27, 2011

  • Chris S.

    Suggestion: If possible, please don't turn the lights down as much. That dim lighting made it difficult to keep my eyes open. The content of the presentations were interesting though!

    April 27, 2011

  • Dethe E.

    Good information presented, kind of low energy from the first presenters, and the last minute time change was a bit difficult to work around (could have worked around the game no problem).

    April 27, 2011

  • Brock

    @Dethe I should have been more specific. The talk will focus on where to go after the HTTP "hello world" server that can be located at (thanks don and brian).

    Although nodejs is not exclusive to the web, that will be the main use-cases that are discussed.

    April 12, 2011

  • Brian L.

    console.log('hello world')

    April 12, 2011

  • Dethe E.

    Thanks, Don. Thought there might be more to it than that.

    April 12, 2011

  • Don B.

    1 · April 12, 2011

  • Dethe E.

    Is there a link to the Hello World we're expected to have completed on our own? I've build a Node app, but haven't deployed anything to yet.

    1 · April 12, 2011

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