Archive for September, 2010

Upcoming Node.js Talk (September 30th) by @dshaw


When: September 30th, 5:30 PM

Where: Room G84 Engineering Sciences Building

Node.js is event-driven, asynchronous by design, JavaScript on the server.

Node.js has been described by some as the second coming, has been hinted to cure cancer, E.D. and dyspepsia. This might be true for some, but the most important and exciting aspect about Node is the zero-resistance development and deployment cycle. Plus, it’s super fun. At this talk we’ll explore how to setup Node on Linux or Mac in seconds, where to get started and how to contribute. We’ll poke at some code, pressure test Web Sockets and maybe even play a little Battleship. (Bring your laptop.)

Daniel Shaw (@dshaw) was the WVU ACM treasurer a few years ago and is responsible for setting up, managing the WVU ACM Alumni list on LinkedIn and generally pushing the WVU ACM chapter onto a modern platform of technologies. @dshaw is a polyglot programmer who’s coded in most languages that produce web pages, but he’s currently head over heels in love with JavaScript and and is totally smitten with the end-to-end JavaScript development life cycle Node.js creates.

Update: The slides from tonights node.js talk have been published on

Mark Dalrymple Follow-up Notes

Slides from Mark’s talk are available at this address in Keynote format.  Here’s a link to the PDF version

If you were curious about that editor Mark displayed in one of his slides (as I was…), it’s called VoodooPad and is available here:

Stallman Lecture Audio/Video

Audo/Video from last years’ Stallman presentation is available here at in free formats.  Check it out.

First Meeting of the Year

When: Thurs September 16th, 5:30 PM
Where: 205 Mineral Resources Building

Who: Mark Dalrymple

Mark Dalrymple has been a professional programmer for 20 years, specializing in Mac and Unix systems. A veteran of now-dead startups (Visix, arsDigita) and big technology companies (AOL, Google), he’s had code has running on millions of desktops, servers handling hundreds of requests a second, and code in space on the space shuttle. He’s the principal author of “Learn Objective-C on the Macintosh” and “Advanced Mac OS X Programming”, and has been technical reviewer for a half dozen iPhone/iPad programming books. His current project uses mobile technology to bring the worlds of indoor and outdoor cycling together.

Mark will be talking about iDevice-style mobile, and how it differs from the desktop (programming model, resource constraints, etc) He’ll hit the high points of the difficulties (and joys) of the platform, and look at some code along the way.