Sessions at nodePDX 2012 about JavaScript

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Saturday 11th February 2012

  • A CouchDB, Neo4j, Redis, and Node.JS Circus

    by Eric Redmond

    NoSQL databases are fun, and we've all wired up a Node.js project to use one. But what about two? What about three?

    That's what's on the docket for this talk. We'll do all the things:

    Walk through a (very) quick intro on CouchDB, Neo4j, and Redis.
    Then learn how to interact with these very different databases using Node.js.
    Then wire them up into a single web application (using Bricks.js, for good measure)
    Write it all in CoffeeScript... buzzword overload!!!
    If you do not walk out of this talk excited and maybe a little confused, I will have failed.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Saturday 11th February

    Coverage video

  • Object-Oriented Patterns in JavaScript

    by Jesse Hallett

    JavaScript is a language that is tremendously flexible, but that comes with few clear conventions. Code organization is one are that has been reinvented perhaps more times than there are JavaScript programmers. I will examine a few tools that are intended to improve the experience of writing object-oriented code.

    Some of the specific tools that I plan to examine are traits.js, CoffeeScript, Prototype, and JiverScripts. The goal is to get a look at different ideas to see what each approach has to offer. We will discuss inheritance versus composition, and question when it is or is not appropriate to use object-oriented code.

    Audience participation is encouraged: if you have a favorite OO implementation, or experiences with JavaScript code organization, feel free to come and to share.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Saturday 11th February

  • ql.io - Consuming HTTP APIs at Scale

    by Subbu Allamaraju

    Node.js is a great platform for building I/O bound apps. At eBay, my team applied node.js to solve a very common chore - how to get data from server-side HTTP APIs (or "web services") quickly. ql.io is a result of this work.

    ql.io consists of two parts

    A SQL + JSON inspired DSL for HTTP
    A runtime that you can can either deploy as an HTTP gateway or use as a JS API for node.js based apps.

    In this talk, I will show how you can use ql.io, the agility and performance gains that ql.io can bring in, and then take a deep dive into some of the design choices we made under the hood.

    Speaker Bio

    Subbu has been working with HTTP based APIs for over four years, first at Yahoo! and now at eBay. As an architect and the creator of ql.io at eBay, he is responsible for improving the way HTTP is consumed by apps and pave way for near-real-time and conversational end user experiences. He was also one of the key drivers in adopting node.js at Yahoo.


    Blog: http://subbu.org
    Project site: http://ql.io
    Twitter: @sallamar
    Company: http://ebay.com/
    Github: https://github.com/ql-io/ql.io and https://github.com/s3u

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday 11th February

  • NODE! Huh! What else is it good for?

    by Scott Koon

    Everyone talks about Node.js in terms of non-blocking I/O and creating a web service or web site using JavaScript. But there is more to Node.js than just Sockets, ports, and protocols. I'll explore some of the non-web exclusive uses of Node.js. Node can be a code compiler, an FTP server, a continuous integration server, a mail server, a deployment server, or an IRC server. Node can provide system reports, build and package your projects, and parse ePub books.

    Speaker Bio
    I've been working with JavaScript for a long time. I co-authored a book called "Professional JavaScript Frameworks" published by Wrox press. I've been a web developer for over 15 years.

    Blog : http://lazycoder.com/
    Twitter : @lazycoder @LazycoderLinks
    GitHub : http://github.com/skoon
    BitBucket : http://bitbucket.org/scott_koon
    podcast : http://herdingcode.com

    At 4:00pm to 4:45pm, Saturday 11th February

    Coverage video