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An introduction to Node.js

@ The Skiff 6 Gloucester Street, Brighton, BN1 4EW Map of The Skiff
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Node.js is an extremely high performance server-side JavaScript framework. 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 concurrent event-based programming.

We've had Node sessions before (here and here), but this time, we'll be back-tracking all the way to the beginning, with an absolute beginner's guide to Node.js, courtesy of Phil Hawksworth.

Phil, who works as Technical Director for London agency The Team, has been experimenting with Node in his spare time for about a year or so. In that time, the framework has undergone some significant changes. At this Async session, he'll be talking about his experiences and giving some tips to those who are keen to get started quickly. From installing Node.js locally, to deploying it to serve your websites and web apps, we will look at examples and strategies for getting up and running.

The session is targeted at those who are new to NodeJS or are keen to go from 'Hello World' to a more useful application. We'll look at the fast shifting landscape of Node.js modules and its supporting frameworks, and identify tools to help with your project development.

Update: Phil's slides

ยป See the slides on Slideshare / download PDF / Phil's blog post write-up

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