All Over the Open Source Web Stack

Dec 15, 2016 · Seattle, United States of America

Speaker: Jeremy Foster, Microsoft.

Abstract: The open source web stack, dominated by JavaScript via Node.js these days, is a fast-paced and democratic platform. That makes it difficult to stay current. Rest assured, however, that capabilities are growing and there does exist an entry point for a developer trying to learn to make apps – from hobby apps to enterprise scale. And we’re talking about web apps, of course, but also desktop, mobile, and even IoT. This makes it the only stack you can use to target an entire solution end to end without shifting gears and changing languages. Let’s have a quick look at one such stack, a fun solution that uses IoT devices to pull data in from multiple active rowing machines. It pushes all of that data into a cloud service and then uses it to visualize a group rowing session for all to see. The solution uses Node.js, TypeScript, Rasberry Pi, Azure IoT Hub, Visual Studio Code, and more.

Bio: I studied Computer Engineering and Mathematics in school a long time ago, and have thoroughly enjoyed my career course ever since - primarily teaching and software development and primarily on the web stack. I gained experience in education, aerospace manufacturing, and insurance, and eventually joined Microsoft with the goal of informing and inspiring software developers. I authored my first book CSS for Windows 8 App Development, published a couple of courses on, and try to keep up with audiences via my blog and my Twitter feed @codefoster. When I’m not working, I’m working on maker projects, spending time with my wife and two sons, hiking and camping, sailing, scuba diving, or working on house projects.

Schedule: Doors open at 6:00 pm. Food arrives around 6:05. Presentation starts at 6:30.

Other: As always, the meetup is completely free. Thanks to Adobe for sponsoring the group, the meeting location, and providing drinks. TEK Systems will be providing pizza.

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