nearForm is a proud sponsor and founding organiser of Node.js Dublin, Ireland’s monthly meet-up for all things Node.js.
The Node.js Dublin meet-ups have been running since mid-2012 and have been getting bigger ever since. We pride ourselves on our speakers, who are active at the global coal face of Node.js.
(The free pizza and beer may add something to the events too.) The latest meet-up took place on Thursday November 27th, 2014. The speakers were John Brett of D4H Technologies, and two of our own nearForm team members, Nicholas Herment and Seamus Darcy.
First up was John Brett, who spoke about the adoption of Node.js at his own company, D4H. John got our attention right off when he told us that his company works in a lighthouse. Check out their live web cam view of Dublin Bay.
John spoke about Web frameworks and their relative merits. This is obviously a hot topic and there was lots of interest from attendees. John’s company tried a number of frameworks - Express, Hapi and Kracken - before settling on Hapi. John also gave us an insight into the open source modules that his company uses.
Nicholas Herment of nearForm spoke about his experiences with building an online password vault. He told us how he had been dissatisfied with the existing commercial offerings in the area of online password management, especially when it comes to the crucial issue of security.
The existing solution that came closest to his needs was Last Pass, but Nicolas felt that it still didn’t tick all the boxes. Nicolas set about building his own open source answer to the problem, namely Elipsis. Elipsis doubly encrypts passwords, enabling users to use only one password for all their web-based user accounts.
Last up, Seamus D'Arcy gave the intriguingly titled presentation “Coding Confessions”. This was based on a recent Halloween-themed internal event organised by the nearForm CTO called “Coding Horror”, at which team members gave short presentations on their worst ever coding experiences.
As an example, Seamus told us how one of his colleagues spent two days debugging an issue and setting breakpoints, before he finally realised he had broken the breakpoint mechanism in the system.
Seamus pointed out that sharing “horror stories” and being open about mistakes can have a beneficial effect on developers’ work. It can help deal with imposter syndrome, so common in the developer world, by helping people get their concerns out in the open and letting others know that everyone makes mistakes.
At the end of Seamus’ talk, nearForm COO Paul Savage made a request for more coding horror stories from attendees, for airing at future meet-ups.