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May 292012

Learning about node.js

David Miller, AirVault's director of product development, writes on his blog today:

One of the things I’ve been meaning to take a look at for a while is Node.js. I’ve always had an interest in JavaScript, and both loved and hated it in years past. It would seem only natural that a super-fast, server-side flavor of the language based on Google’s JavaScript runtime might be interesting as well.

To do that, I need a self-assigned project. To make that project more real-world, inspiring, something about which I could be passionate, or what have you, I searched around for a bit to find a Node.js project that seemed like something that might actually be used (or at least have the potential to be used) by real people. To prevent the related blog posts from taking a year, I also searched around for something small enough that I could crank out in a few nights of work at home.

The Idea

After mentioning it to @ryoe_ok, he had a great idea to enhance our agile iteration demo experience for remote attendees. The basic premise was something like this: At our company, we currently use GoToMeeting for agile iteration demos. The product owner and other stakeholders, scrum master, and development team all attend the demos. Sometimes, however, the current feature being demonstrated isn’t as clear as it could be. In order to help with that, I could create a web page. People attending the demo would open the web page in addition to GoToMeeting. The page would simply list the user story currently being demonstrated, and the name of the developer currently demonstrating it. After the demo of that story is finished, the story (and perhaps the name and picture of the demonstrator) would change in real-time, making it very clear for anyone viewing the page exactly what is going on at the moment. He called it “You are here.”

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