Some Reflection On Node.js
It's almost like you're living inside of a bad joke… But I gotta tell you all, this is no joke. Node.js really is all that and it doesn't matter what the business folks say, what the marketing folks say or what the jaded developer to your left snidely derides. This is serious technology and it's relevant.
So you all have seen Portlandia, right? Well, it's true. We here in Portland are a bit off our rockers and we're passionate about a lot of things. We're living proof that even though idealism may not apply globally, it can certainly live in a bubble and work here. As you might expect, we have a very idealistic software development community here.
This is the land of fancy beer drinking beardos and blue haired pierced-'n-tatted gender-benders who crank out wicked bleeding-edge open source code on their sticker-encrusted macbooks and who look at you like you're speaking a foreign language when you talk about LOB apps, COM+, or "enterprise solutions". It's only natural that Portland would become a center for innovation and adoption of emergent technologies. We may not have the vibrant start-up culture of SF or NYC ( or do we ? ) but I guarantee you we care about technology more than your average bear.
NodePDX == Node.js + Portland
deal with love it!).
That's what NodePDX is all about. This is a grassroots, independent, non-commercial conference. That means that everything is donated. Everything, including the event venue (thanks NedSpace), the screen, the microphone (thanks PIE), the projector, the t-shirts, the on-site massage therapist (thanks AppFog), the logo (thanks Julie), and even the hosted open-bar after party (thanks New Relic)… oh, and all the speakers, and the volunteers, who are doing this out of their passion for legit technology, without even thinking about money (not that we have anything against money. We love money. It allows us to buy beer, laptops and food… Without those things we couldn't hack on JS all day and night, duh).
So, put on your thinking cap (and if you're not from here, grab your umbrella) and come join us for a couple days of raw geekery. I guarantee you'll learn something and have a good time doing it.