The Weekend With NodeJS

I try not to work on the weekends and instead spend the time learning something new and, hopefully, different. To that end: Tekpub jas just released Hello NodeJS. What are you doing this weekend?

The Weekend With NodeJS


All Roads Lead to Node

You ever head to the local user group meeting or conference - or maybe just casually drop by a colleague’s office - and they’re discussing some new technical concept? One that you may, or may not, know much about?

This happens to me just about every day - whether on Twitter, reading a blog post, or just talking on Skype with a friend. The odd thing is that these conversations - the idle musings on the New and Shiny - always seem to fall back on The Keystone: the Shiney New Hotness that, if you don’t know about it, means you’re a trog.

For me, that’s been NodeJS this last year and some. At conferences, or in an IRC chat - someone, somewhere would drop a reference to “Well I really like the way Node does that… “ and I would find myself staring blankly off a cliff.

I always wished there was some type of “What The F*** Is NODE!!!!” reference for people that might care. If only to avoid falling off the face of a geek conversation.

Alas - nothing like that has come along. So I went ahead and made one that you could watch over the weekend easily, with a beer or a glass of wine, and go back to work on Monday feeling like you know more.

Part Reference, Part Exploration, Part Musing

This production isn’t a reference and it’s not anywhere near a “Mastering NodeJS” kind of deal. Node’s moving much too quickly for such a thing. Instead I wanted to aim this at the curious who want to not only take part in the Arm-Wavey New Hotness conversations - but also contribute.

So, to that end I made sure to include:

  • What the Hell Is Node and Why Should I Care? This is the first episode and I do your basic breakdown in a straightforward way showing you what people are talking about, why they’re talking about it, and where the general excitement is coming from.
  • Events, Blocking, and Buzzwords You would be surprised at the amount of misinformation out there about Node’s ability to be “non-blocking” - and what that means for you as a developer.
  • Data To my mind, this is vastly underserved when discussing Node. So I peeled back the lid and dove into data access with Node. I wanted to show what Redis is and does, why MongoDB is such a natural fit, and also that using a relational system with Node is rather easy.
  • Sockets If you’ve ever seen a Node demo, you’ve seen a socket.io demo. This is where one browser triggers an event on the server which broadcasts a response to other browsers. It’s incredibly simple and will likely short circuit your brain.
  • Frameworks There is a robust, emerging dirth of app frameworks for building apps with Node. I drill into 3 of the most popular: ExpressJS, Tower, and Geddy. Each has its strengths and corresponding weaknesses.

At the end of the production you’ll hopefully have a good, solid understanding of what makes Node tick, what “Evented I/O” means, and why people are very excited about what Node can do.

I do hope you enjoy it.