As the web move forwards, the complexity and sophistication of web applications is growing immensely. Creating highly interactive applications requires a deeper level of understanding of the language and its idiosyncrasies.
The ecosystem is still young and as a developer, it is a great opportunity to contribute to the shape of things to come in web development.
With the help of our friends we put together JS-MONTREAL, a user group dedicated to promote the use and learning of the language.
Our group is growing fast and this month we have hosted our 6th meeting. Our new meeting space at the CRIM was filled to the brim with JS enthusiasts and we were treated to two fantastic presentations:
- Alexis Sellier took us through the basics of CouchDB and exposed the inner workings of his latest project, Thingler. An open-source real-time collaborative todo list built on CouchDB and Node.js, it highlights the power and simplicity of using a single language across the entire web development stack. Judging by the amount of discussion that followed, CouchDB is a hot topic at JS-MTL and it will surely be revisited in greater detail.
- Alexis Sellier (@cloudhead) has embraced Node.js and CouchDB and continues to produce a staggering amount of amazing little gems available on his GitHub repo. His latest project, Thingler, is a now a case study at CouchOne (formerly CouchIO).
- David Lazar (@hunkybill) is creating interactive data visualizations with Protovis and TheJit using social media intelligence datasets at Nexalogy.
Montreal’s JS Scene: It’s only the beginning
Browsers are evolving, offering more and more options (Canvas, HTML5, Local databases, Web Sockets, etc) to create richer experiences.
Get involved, share what you know and keep hacking.