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A JavaScript meetup for Brighton & Hove

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Getting started with Node.js on Lanyrd

Presented by Simon Willison.

@ The Werks 45 Church Rd, Hove, BN3 2BE Map of The Werks
NodeJS

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First off the mark…

Did you ever want to use your client-side skills to let rip on the server? Or are you a back-end developer who wants to add JavaScript to your server-side toolkit? Then this is the event for you.

This 90 minute workshop will provide a thorough developer’s introduction to Node.js.

About Node.js

Node is an extremely high performance server-side programming framework based on Google Chrome’s lightning fast V8 engine. It solves the same problems as server-side tools such as PHP, Django or Ruby on Rails, using JavaScript as the programming language and with a focus on non-blocking, highly concurrentt event-based I/O.

This makes it an excellent fit for problems requiring long-running connections - things like Comet, HTML5 WebSockets, large file uploads and combining results from unpredictable third party web services. As a result, Node makes an excellent complement to existing server-side technologies.

What you'll learn

The workshop is aimed at developers with some experience of both JavaScript and basic server-side programming in a language such as PHP, Python, Ruby or ASP.NET.

It will cover the fundamentals of development with Node, then use those basic principles to build scalable solutions for real-world problems: pushing data to the browser with comet, robustly combining web services at scale, and adding rate limiting and caching to existing web applications using a Node-powered reverse proxy.

Client-side developers should come away from the session with an understanding of how they can take their existing skills and apply them to server-side development, while server-side developers should gain a powerful new set of tools for solving problems that their current platform may not be able handle.

About Simon Willison

Simon works as a technical architect for The Guardian, where he has created such successful web projects as the “MPs’ Expenses” crowdsourcing tool . Previously, he worked with Yahoo!’s Technology Development team and the award winning Kansas newspaper, Lawrence Journal-World, where he co-created the Django Python web framework.

Simon’s interests include OpenID and decentralised systems, unobtrusive JavaScript, rapid application development and RESTful Web Service APIs. He maintains a popular web development blog at simonwillison.net. You can find him on Twitter at @simonw.

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Async meets twice a month in Brighton & Hove, UK, to learn, discuss and play with JavaScript and related technologies.

We host talks, hack nights, show n’ tells and community events, all of which are free. Please sign up to each event you want to attend.

Doors open 7.15pm, main session begins 7.45pm, we end around 9.30pm and continue nearby for an evening social.