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Welcome to this week in Node.js!

Hello and welcome to the ninth issue of Node Everywhere, a community newsletter brought to you by the Node.js Foundation.

Last week we launched a new publication called the Node.js Collection. The idea is to create a community-curated space for the millions of Node.js users to share their content, insights, and stories. Check out our announcement post for details on how to submit your posts to the collection. 

Conference planning for 2017 is underway, meaning that we are trying to determine what types of sessions the Node.js community is interested in hearing at this year’s Node.js Interactive. 

We have created a quick survey of topics folks pitched to us over Twitter and are looking for feedback. Please cast your votes, tell your teams, and if you’re feeling charitable share with your social channels. Thank you for helping us reach as many Node.js users as possible!

As always, please share what you find here with friends, but also be sure to reach out and share what you’re not seeing with us so that we can make sure to include it next time around. Keeping that in mind, check out this week in Node.js! 

Islamic Art Bot, or art as “an act of resistance” 

Discover the beauty of Islamic culture throughout the ages daily with this clever Twitter bot built with Node.js and index.js, Islamic Art Bot. Created by Becca Ricks, and inspired by Museum Bot from Darius Kazemi, this bot takes Islamic artifacts and objects on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and shares them with the internet. With one click to follow, you can examine the intricacies of rugs woven in Turkey in the sixteenth century, or reflect on the wisdom of Lebanese-American poet and artist Kahlil Ghibran, or delight in the impeccably relevant musings of Persian poet Hafez. Here’s to making the world a tiny bit more beautiful in 2017 with Node.js.

Visual Studio Code teaches their blend of Node.js and Azure development

In this tutorial from the Visual Studio Code blog, Jonathan Carter walks through a demo originally presented at Node Interactive North America, late last fall. The demo creates an app combining Node.js, the Azure CLI, Docker, Yarn and the Visual Studio Code Insiders build with the goal of illustrating how Visual Studio is simplifying and improving the overall developer experience of building, debugging and deploying from within a lightweight editor. This is just one the ways they’re working on collaborating with Node.js. For more on what they’re working on, check out the details of the tutorial

Learning Node.js can be fun, or at least there can be games 

In her Nodevember presentation, Fun and games with Node.js, Rachel Simone Weil addressed the high learning curve of often assumed prerequisite knowledge commonly asked of new Node.js developers and proposed a simple solution. Learn Node.js by creating a game. There are great examples out there to help coax folks along, like Frozen NodeBot by Gabrielle Crevecoeur, or this Node.js Drawing Game by Martin Angelov, or even games created by Weil herself, like ConnectedNES and dealwithit bot. Maybe the best takeaway from her talk was the list of resources that you’re definitely going to want to bookmark if you do anything creative with Node.js. Good luck out there!

Node.js Working Group updates, as of February 10

Node.js Core Technical Committee (CTC):

  • Moving forward with research on a Async Loader for ES Modules [issue]
  • Created a WIP pull request to update the copyright notices in the lib/src files [pull request]
  • node-inspect could land in the next build [pull request]
  • Next meeting: February 15, 2017

Node.js Technical Steering Committee (TSC):

  • Josh Gavant and Michael Dawson have been nominated as voting members of the TSC
  • A proposed change to the charter adds an attendance rule for membership and remove 2/3 majority vote rule for adding new members and charter modifications [pull request]
  • Discussion of a potential collaborator summit around JSConf EU in Berlin continues [issue]
  • Next meeting: February 23, 2017
Other working groups: For information on the Node.js working groups see the CTC GitHub repo and the TSC GitHub repo for meeting times, issues, and more.

Join the community at these upcoming events  🎉

24-25 March – ScaleConf Colombia, Medellín, Colombia

30-31 March – Render Conf, Oxford, UK

5-8 April – NodeConf Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

6-7 May – JSConf Europe, Berlin, Germany

8-11 May – OSCON, Austin, Texas (US)

24-25 May – Signal, San Francisco, California (US)

26-29 June – Eyeo Festival, Minneapolis, Minneasota (US)

Summer 2017 – NodeConf Adventure, Walker Creek Ranch, California (US)

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