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!
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.
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!
OpenJS Foundation hosts Node+JS Interactive and the OpenJS Collab Summit in Montreal, Canada. Check out day one and day two recaps to get filled in!
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.
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!
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.
“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 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.”
“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.
About OpenJS Foundation
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.
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:
12:00 pm “TensorFlow.js – Bringing ML and Linear Algebra to Node.js” with Sandeep Gupta and Kangyi Zhang
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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
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.
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!