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Asynchronous JS with async/await | Automation with Node

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This month we are featuring two talks. Claire Moss will talk about creative automation with Node.js and Ryan Robbins will talk about Asynchronous JavaScript with async/await.

Talk 1: Blow Your Mind

You usually think of AppleScript or VisualBasic when considering automating a common workflow, but if you know how to wield JavaScript you have access to tons of modules available on npm which allows you to do almost anything. Claire will tell the story of how you used Node to automate converting Excel files to .mm files - mindmaps that work with the FreeMind program.

Claire Moss is an expert in software testing. She refers to herself as an agile software tester. She's been involved in various testing related meetups and conferences and she is an organizer of The Ministry of Testing ( You can read her blog at

Talk 2: Asychronous JavaScript Featuring async/await

Ryan will introduce async/await for JavaScript. He’ll cover the basic syntax and why you may prefer it over other options, how to handle errors, how to unit test code that uses async/await, and different ways to configure your TypeScript compiler for async/await.

Async/await is relatively new and is supported in the newest versions of Node, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. But you can use it with older browsers by using Babel or TypeScript.

Ryan Robbins is a .NET developer working on business systems at AppRiver. AppRiver offers cloud-based cybersecurity and productivity services to 53,000 companies worldwide, with more than 10 million mailboxes under its protection.