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AMA Replay: Node.js Modules

By AMA, Announcement, Blog, Node.js

Happy New Year! What better way to kick off 2020 than with an in-depth conversation with the Node.js Modules team. In the first Ask Me Anything of the new year, we caught up with representatives from the Node.js Modules team. Our panel included Ujjwal Sharma, Compilers Hacker at Igalia, Myles Borins, Developer Advocate from Google, Geoffrey Booth, Senior Developer at Walt Disney Imagineering, and Bradley Farias, Software Developer Advocate at GoDaddy.

Didn’t get a chance to tune in, no worries! Here’s the replay! Our next AMA is with the jQuery team on February 5th at 7 am PT! Have a question, submit it here!

OpenJS Foundation Year in Review

By Announcement, Blog, Node+JS Interactive

While only 10 months old, The OpenJS Foundation has had quite an exciting year, from merging two legacy foundations to bringing on new leadership, to accepting some fantastic new incubating projects, exciting doesn’t begin to describe it.

OpenJS Foundation Logo

We couldn’t ring in the new year without taking a walk down OpenJS Foundation memory lane and looking back at some amazing community milestones and moments. While we take this time to reflect on the big strides this community has made, we are also thrilled for what’s to come. Thanks to all who make the OpenJS Foundation all that it is! 

March 2019:

May 20, 2019

June 2019

July 2019

  • Michael Dawson, Node.js Community lead and Senior Software Developer at IBM and Kris Borchers, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft join the OpenJS Foundation Board of Directors
  • Joe Sepi, Developer Advocate and Software Engineer at IBM named first-ever CPC Chairperson.

August 2019

September 20, 2019

October 2019

November 20, 2019

December 12, 2019

Thanks again for a great year! Also, if you haven’t heard, we’ve announced dates for next year’s OpenJS Foundation Conference. We’ll be headed to Austin, TX June 23 and 24. Make plans now to join us! As always, stay connected through the channels available on our website.

Node+JS Interactive Day Two Recap

By Blog, Event, Node+JS Interactive

Node+JS Interactive Day Two
Day two of Node+JS Interactive was filled with incredible talks and break out sessions, workshops on certifications and keynotes highlighting new projects and key research and trends important to developers. We even had Nick Nisi from JS Party, an awesome podcaster from the JavaScript community, join us on-site for a live taping of the show!

Below are just a few highlights!

Breakouts
Marian from Pioneerasdev talks about her journey founding an amazing organization that helps women and girls in Colombia learn how to code and find tech jobs. Their group has skyrocketed in numbers going from 5 members to more than 1,200 in less than five years.

Members of the Node.js Technical Steering Committee spend some time talking about the health of the project, what’s to come, and where they could use some help.

Joe Sepi, IBM Software Engineer and Dev Advocate, as well as CPC Chair, gave his presentation on Promises API in Node.js Core to a packed room

Nick Nisi, a panelist at JS Party, is shown here, interviewing  Vladamir de Turckiem on Node.JS loader hooks. Nick also did a great job getting a bunch of folks on the show including Marian Villa, founder of Pioneerasdev, Rich Trott and Anna Henningsen on Node.js worker threads and Chris Wilcox and Jason Etcovitch on bots. 

Felix Rieseberg, Senior Staff Engineer at Slack and a member of the Electron outreach working group gave a talk on Electron and how to build cross-platform applications. 

Ben Morss and Kristofer Baxter, both Googlers, talk about productive Web development powered by AMP.

Keynotes
The afternoon keynotes kicked off with the wonderful Christian Bromann, Senior Lead Software Engineer at Sauce Labs and a Programming Committee Leader for Node+JS Interactive, as Master of Ceremony. In addition to being a great MC, he was a great partner in getting quality talks and keynotes selected.

Jory Burson moderates a panel with two new OpenJS Foundation incubation projects, AMP and Electron. John Kleinschmidt, Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft and Ben Morss, Developer Advocate from Google, talk through their respective projects and the benefits of joining the Foundation.

Kadir Topal from Mozilla delivered key results of the recently finalized MDN Developers needs assessment.

The keynotes were capped off with a panel on 2020 Tech Trends. The panel brought together developer advocates, industry experts and influencers within the media to discuss big topics inclusion security, monoculture in tech and diversity trends. Day one keynoter, Ellie Galloway, also got a much-deserved shout out! Panelists include moderate Nick Niki from JS Party, Liz Parody from NodeSource, Alex Williams from The New Stack and Chris Aniszczyk from the Linux Foundation.

This year’s event wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from our sponsors:

Google Cloud – Diamond
Microsoft Azure – Platinum
Heroku, IBM and Sentry – Gold
NearForm, Red Hat Openshift, Universite, de Montreal – Silver

Finally, we look forward to seeing everyone in Austin, TX  June 23 and 24th at the next global OpenJS Foundation conference!

Thanks to the amazing community for making our time together so worthwhile!

Node+JS Interactive Day One Recap

By Blog, Event, Node+JS Interactive

Day one at Node+JS Interactive has come to a close and was jam-packed! Today, more than 500 OpenJS Foundation Community members convened at the Montreal Convention Center. We had thought-provoking keynotes, welcomed a brand new project (Hey, Electron!), announced dates for next year’s conference (mark the calendar for June 23 and 24 in Austin, TX) networked during a buzz-worthy sponsor showcase and joined some amazing breakouts. 

Here are just some of the highlights in photos:

Electron joins the OpenJS Foundation

By Blog, Event, In The News, Node+JS Interactive, Project Update

The popular web framework for building desktop apps plays an important role in the adoption and development of JavaScript.

MONTREAL- December 11, 2019 – The OpenJS Foundation today announced the open source web framework Electron has been accepted into the Foundation’s incubation program. Electron, an open source framework created for building desktop apps using JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, is based on Node.js and Chromium. Additionally, it is widely used on many well-known applications including Discord, Microsoft Teams, OpenFin, Skype, Slack, Trello, Visual Studio Code, and many more

The OpenJS Foundation, which provides vendor-neutral support for sustained growth within the open source JavaScript community, delivered the news at the Foundation’s flagship event, Node+JS Interactive, in Montreal. 

“We’re heading into 2020 excited and honored by the trust the Electron project leaders have shown through this significant contribution to the new OpenJS Foundation,” said Robin Ginn, Executive Director of the OpenJS Foundation. “Electron is a powerful development tool used by some of the most well-known companies and applications. On behalf of the community, I look forward to working with Electron and seeing the amazing contributions they will make.” 

Electron’s cross-platform capabilities make it possible to build and run apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Initially developed by GitHub in 2013, today the framework is maintained by a number of developers and organizations. Electron is suited for anyone who wants to ship visually consistent, cross-platform applications, fast and efficiently. 

“We’re excited about Electron’s move to the OpenJS Foundation and we see this as the next step in our evolution as an open source project,” said Jacob Groundwater, Manager at ElectronJS and Principal Engineering Manager at Microsoft. “With the Foundation, we’ll continue on our mission to play a prominent role in the adoption of web technologies by desktop applications and provide a path for JavaScript to be a sustainable platform for desktop applications. This will enable the adoption and development of JavaScript in an environment that has traditionally been served by proprietary or platform-specific technologies.”

“We’re committed to open source and developer collaboration, and thrilled for Electron to be a part of the Foundation’s incubation program,” said Sarah Novotny, Partner PM Manager, Azure, Microsoft. “We look forward to further enhancing the open source project for contributors, maintainers, and developers building on the framework; while exposing the project to a broader audience.”

“Electron is a great example of how interconnected the JavaScript ecosystem can be. Built on Chromium and Node.js, Electron is an amazing tool that empowers developers to create great cross-platform desktop experiences,” said Myles Borins, OpenJS Foundation Board member and Developer Advocate at Google. “It’s extremely exciting to see this project join the Foundation and stepping towards a more open governance model.”

“The Cross Project Council is thrilled to bring Electron into the OpenJS Foundation community,” said Joe Sepi, Cross Project Council Chair, and Open Source Engineer & Advocate at IBM. “Collectively, we are building something sustainable for the long-term benefit of community members and end-users. We are excited to work with Electron, and to have them be part of our mission.”

“On behalf of the OpenJS Foundation Board of Directors, it’s my pleasure to welcome Electron as the newest incubating project to the Foundation,” said Todd Moore, OpenJS Foundation Board Chair and Vice President of Open Technology and Developer Advocacy at IBM. “Bringing Electron into the Foundation is a great way to cap 2019, and continue to build our momentum into next year.”

Representatives from Electron will be featured in both a keynote and breakout session at Node+JS Interactive. 

  • On December 12, at 11:20 am ET, Felix Rieseberg will present a breakout session titled “Electron: Desktop Apps with JavaScript,” and give a technical introduction to Electron. Building a small code editor live on stage, he’ll cover the basics and explain both benefits and challenges of using Node.js and JavaScript to build major desktop applications. (ADD LINK)

About OpenJS Foundation 

The OpenJS Foundation is committed to supporting the healthy growth of the JavaScript ecosystem and web technologies by providing a neutral organization to host and sustain projects, as well as collaboratively fund activities for the benefit of the community at large. The OpenJS Foundation is made up of 32 open source JavaScript projects including Appium, Dojo, jQuery, Node.js, and webpack and is supported by 30 corporate and end-user members, including GoDaddy, Google, IBM, Intel, Joyent, and Microsoft. These members recognize the interconnected nature of the JavaScript ecosystem and the importance of providing a central home for projects which represent significant shared value.

Google at Node+JS Interactive 2019

By Blog, Event, Node+JS Interactive

Google Cloud is extremely excited about our fourth annual sponsorship of the Node+JS Interactive Conference. 2019 marks our largest engagement yet and we have a big group of Googlers who can’t wait to get to Montreal! Folks representing everything from Amp, GCP, Google Open Source Program Office, Security, and TensorFlow.js will be available to chat in our lounge area. 

Google at last year’s Node+JS Interactive Event in Vancouver.

Sessions

There are also a number of Googler run sessions that you can attend, we hope to see you there!

Wednesday December 11:

2:20 pm “Securing the DOM from the Bottom Up” with Krzysztof Kotowicz

3:40 pm “Extra Special Modules” with Myles Borins

5:20 pm “Oh No! The Robots Have Taken Over” with Christopher Wilcox

Thursday December 12:

10:20 am “Rethinking JavaScript Test Coverage” with Benjamin Coe

12:00 pm “TensorFlow.js – Bringing ML and Linear Algebra to Node.js” with Sandeep Gupta and Kangyi Zhang

2:00 pm “Work Less and Do More: Google Sheets for JavaScript Developers” with Leah Cole and Franziska Hinkelmann

Come to the Google Cloud Lounge for demos and codelabs

Visit our lounge area throughout the event to meet folks who can answer your questions and show demos of our various technologies. We’ll also be running codelabs for hands on learning supported by Google experts. Want to deploy Node.js to Kubernetes? We got ya! Time to write your first service worker? Got that too! Audio recognition with TensorFlow.js? Why not!!!?

Swagless in 2019

As part of our commitment to community development and the environment, Google Cloud has chosen to go swagless this year. In lieu of swag, we are thrilled to support the work being done by TechAide Montreal. TechAide Montreal’s mission is to unite people from diverse backgrounds and life stories and to bring the tech community together to give back to Centraide and help break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion in Greater Montreal.

Don’t worry, there will still be stickers.

Meet the experts

We’ll be running private 1:1’s with Googlers on site. If you are interested please fill out this Google Form and we’ll get back to you when your session has been scheduled.

OpenJS Foundation Member Snyk publishes State of JavaScript frameworks security report

By Blog

Snyk, a silver member of the Foundation and an organization working to make open source more secure, has recently published it’s 2019 State of the JavaScript frameworks security report.

From the report:
“This report covers: 

  • the security practices for each of the two different core projects, both Angular and React
  • the state of security of each of the two different module ecosystems, based on an in-depth look at the vulnerabilities contained in each of the ecosystems
  • the security practices for other common JavaScript frontend framework alternatives such as Vue.js, Bootstrap and jQuery

To learn more and read the report in its entirety, head over to the Snyk blog.

Web Framework Fastify Joins OpenJS Foundation as an Incubating Project

By Blog, Project Update

Fastify is an open source web framework for Node.js focused on providing one of the best developer experiences with the least overhead and a powerful plugin architecture. They are joining the OpenJS Foundation’s incubation program. 

Welcome!

Fastify, inspired by Hapi and Express, is built for speed while offering a solid developer experience. It powers large organizations and products, including CAR2GO, Gumlet, Knock, UNIQ, Unhandled, and Vectra. Fastify is partially sponsored by NearForm.

If you want to jump right in, some basic benchmarking information is provided here: https://github.com/fastify/benchmarks

Why Join OpenJS?

Fastify already has 12.5K GitHub stars and 804 GitHub forks. This kind of growth brings more business and legal issues along with it. By joining OpenJS Foundation, Fastify is looking to create a neutral community structure ready to scale.

Core Features

  • Highly performant: Can serve up to 80 thousand requests per second, as the framework adds no overhead to Node.js core.
  • Extendible: Fully extensible via lifecycle hooks, plugins and decorators
  • Schema based: Recommend using JSON Schema to validate routes and serialize outputs
  • Logging: Use Pino for logging to reduce cost
  • Developer friendly: Built to be expressive and to “help the developer in their daily use, without sacrificing performance and security”

“We’ve been working on Fastify now for 3 years.  It was born out of a desire for a HTTP framework with extremely low overhead and astonishing speed,” said Matteo Collina, Project Champion. “We are delighted to see it powering many organizations today – in commercial use and in support of humanitarian causes such as the HospitalRun application where Fastify is enabling a unique modular solution thanks to its plug-in system, developer satisfaction, and framework speed. By joining OpenJS Foundation’s  incubation program, Fastify will no doubt open significant new and unimagined opportunities for the future.”

Say Hi to Fastify Yourself

Project Champion:
Matteo Collina – @matteocollina
Main communications channels:
Github Team messaging, unofficial Stack Overflow tag, Fastify Twitter, Fastify Blog

For those curious about contributing to Fastify, their core philosophy is to promote contributions from the community, rather than just have a core team pushing forward a specific agenda.

Why not start now? The Fastify GitHub repo README file provides installation instructions using npm or yarn, and shows how to use Fastify CLI to create new projects, manage plugins, and perform a variety of development tasks testing and running the application. Full details here: www.fastify.io

Robin Ginn and OpenJS Foundation at Open Source Summit Europe

By Blog, Event

At the end of October, the Linux Foundation hosted Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference Europe in Lyon, France. 

The OpenJS Foundation was front and center, as Robin Ginn, OpenJS Foundation Executive Director, gave a keynote on her new position leading the Foundation as well as the work that has been underway. 

Robin highlighted recently accepted projects into the incubation program, the new Node.js Certifications, and innovative use cases from our hosted projects.

This talk was a great opportunity to get in front of the open source community and share not only the Foundation’s goals and vision, but also how the community can get involved and help the Foundation grow.

Check out the full keynote here:

AMA Replay: Node.js Community Committee

By AMA, Blog

Representatives from the Node.js Community Committee recently sat down with the OpenJS Foundation to discuss the CommComm, the roles it plays within the Node.js community and ways to get involved. 

Manil Chowdhury, Tierney Cyren, and Adam Miller joined moderator Rachel Romoff to answer questions on all things CommComm, from governance to current initiatives to how to get involved.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the Community Committee,  head to the CommComm README on Github and get connected. Additionally, the AMA panelists encourage you to reach out directly to help you get plugged in!

Our next AMA will be January 8, 2020 on Node.js Modules! More details to come, but here’s a form to submit your questions!