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The third edition of our co-hosted FullStackJS Berlin meet-up is Thursday, April 7th

FullStack JS Berlin PosterFebruary 11th will surely be a date to remember: “Hands down, it’s one of the best JS meet-ups I’ve been to,” said one attendee, after the event. The second FullStackJS Berlin meet-up was a deployment adventure in itself—everything started so wrong, and yet came together so right.

The meeting, which took place at the co.up Coworking Space, was once again about everything JavaScript. From back-end to front-end, designers to programmers, gurus to newbies, this edition was a true meeting of the minds that provided a constant, energetic and intimate exchange of opinions and ideas. But as every melting pot begins with a boil, this meet-up got off to a shaky start.

Moments before that start, we found out that our floor had been mistakenly given to another meet-up and we would have to take another room last minute, one that was a lot smaller, filled with obtrusive furniture, not enough chairs (!) and a half-depleted mini-fridge. For the 50 people who were there—eager to get their JavaScriptin’ on—that wasn’t exactly the best way to start the evening. However, this mishap actually helped create a sense of community from the start, as attendees came together with event organizers—clearing out the furniture, scouting for chairs and couches to sit on, and running beverages up from the 3rd floor. It turned into a team effort that made the night more intimate, with the audience manning the fridge and passing people drinks—it was as if we were hosting in someone’s living room instead of an event space.

Gautam Kotian presenting at FullStackJS

The casual vibe paid off again when, after the three main speakers finished, about half-a-dozen people jumped up to do ad-hoc lightning talks, showing the group what they’d been working on.

This informal, energetic format had always been intended by FullStackJS’s founder, Greg Benner, but this was the first meetup where it happened organically. Everyone felt as if they were among friends.

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere, although I was concerned I accidentally stumbled into someone’s living room at first!” said Wolfram Hempel, one of the speakers, after the event.

This alone made the event a success, but it was the broad range of topics and diversity of the audience which truly paid homage to Benner’s initial intent for the meetup. To understand that intent, one must understand the term “full-stack.” Quoting codeup, “Full-stack die-hards would consider a full-stack developer to have specialized knowledge in all stages of software development.” In the world of JavaScript, full-stack typically means a developer who is familiar with JS on both the server-side and the client-side. During his talk, speaker Thiago Alessio asked how many people in the audience were front-end developers—only half the people raised their hands. Those of us who’ve been around since JavaScript’s “dark days” found this quite amusing—evidence that the language continues to grow past its primarily DOM manipulation role, venturing now into the world of APIs and microservices.

The topics discussed that day seemed to be as diverse as the audience. Attendees talked about everything from deployment techniques to low-budget hardware projects, open source software and even browser modifications. Things kicked off with Sociomantic alumnus Thiago Alessio, who discussed running Node.js as a service behind NGINX and Varnish, an amusing talk that included a variety of his self-proclaimed terrible ways to deploy web apps and how he’d counter to do it in a better, faster and safer way.

Next up, JS and D programmer Daniel Norman shared stories of recent adventures in Auroville, India, where he single-handed built and coded a queue management system for their main finance center using Node.js, Hapi.js, Socket.io, Pure.css and a raspberryPi.

The final planned speaker, Wolfram Hempel, spoke about his open source project, Deepstream.io, built with the aim of helping developers easily connect their applications to required APIs—and it even supports WebRTC. The presentation about this ambitious and auspicious project made everyone gasp—especially as Wolfram flashed frequent puppy images on screen.

Now, after two successful meet-ups, the third one is happening today, Thursday, April 7th, and we’re hoping to continue to support JavaScript’s growth. Starting at 19:30 at co.up Coworking Space, everyone is invited to take part by attending or speaking.

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For more details, to RSVP or arrange a talk, please get in touch through the MeetUp page, and we’ll see you there!