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Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Node.js Workshop

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Node.JS Workshop and Hackathon with Microsoft's Glenn Block

When: Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (ET)

Where:  Microsoft Offices in Mason, OH (4605 Duke Drive, Suite 800, Mason, OH 45040)

Node.js offers a powerful and fresh platform for building server side (and cloud based) applications in Javascript which are highly scalable. It also offers a really rich modularity story with a fantastic selection of modules for you to choose from.  So why should a .NET group be interested in Node?  It's a great back end platform to host your API on for your web based applications and your mobile apps whether they be Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS or Android.

This workshop will cover:

  • An overview of node.js.
  • Hands-on experience working with developing node.js applications whether you are using a Mac, Windows or Linux.
  • Using common npm modules, and taking them to the cloud with Windows Azure at ultrasonic speed using git or github based deployment.
  • Building node powered mobile backends using Windows Azure Mobile Services.

After we learn about Node and Windows Azure Mobile Services  we’ll put our new skills to the test with a Hackathon.  Attendees can group together or work alone to create a project using Node.  At the end of the day all hackathon participants will have a chance to win some prizes with the top prize being an AR Drone 2.0 provided by GitHub.

If you want to participate in the hands on labs, please bring your laptop!

Lunch will be provided.

CINNUG Welcomes Glenn Block, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft!

Glenn is based in Seattle, and currently working as Senior Program Manager for the Windows Azure SDK for Node.js. Prior to that, he was a Senior Program Manager for WCF - Windows Communication Foundation


What should I do before I come?

To participate in the labs and the hackathon you’ll need to bring a laptop.  Here are some things to do before you come:

1)      Install Node.js.  It is best to install version 0.8.x (which is NOT the most current, but is known to work with the labs and exercises with no problems).  http://nodejs.org/dist/v0.8.20/  Note you can pull down the .msi for x86, or look in the x64 folder for the 64 bit .msi.

2)      The Windows Azure Command Line tools – Note that there are flavors for Windows, Mac and Linux.

3)      Visual Studio, Web Matrix OR your favorite text editor.  For some of the labs and walk throughs VS or Web Matrix would be required but for the hackathon it’s open to use whatever you’d like.   Sublime Text is a great text editor and has versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.

4)      Sign up for a free Windows Azure 90 day trial or activate your Windows Azure benefits if you have a MSDN subscription. You will need to provide a credit card to sign up, but both the Trial and new MSDN benefit Azure Subscription have a default spending cap of $0.00, so unless you remove the cap you will not be charged. You’ll use this subscription while working on the hands on labs.


We will have access to the internet for each attendee.  If you don’t have a laptop, that’s okay, you’ll be able to pair up with someone there (as long as no one shows up with a laptop…)

How do I get there?

The event will be hosted at the Microsoft office in Mason, OH.  The address is 4605 Duke Drive, Suite 800, Mason, OH 45040.

There is plenty of parking in the parking lot.  The office is on the 8th floor.  Sometimes the elevator is shut off later in the afternoon.  If that happens and you are caught outside the office, you can take the stairs, or call 513-378-3309 and someone will come down to get you.

I’ll be hungry…

We will be having lunch and snacks provided.  We will also have coffee available, but no breakfast foods.  Please grab something to eat on the way in, or fuel up at home so you’ll be ready to go.

I heard something about a AR Parrott Drone being given away?

Yes!  GitHub has sponsored a great giveaway in the form of an AR Parrott Drone copter.  These neat little guys can actually be programmed in Node which makes it the perfect giveaway for this event.  We will be raffling off the drone copter at the end of the hackathon, so roughly around 6:00 PM.  All participants in the hackathon will have a chance to win in the raffle for the drone as well as some other giveaways.

Are you sure this is free?

Yes, it most certainly is free.  CINNUG is sponsored by some great annual sponsors who make events like this possible. 



Have questions about Node.js Workshop? Contact CINNUG

When & Where

4605 Duke Drive
Suite 800
Mason, 45040

Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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This group was created to provide a place for practicing .NET developers to expand their knowledge and network with other .Netters, but anyone who is interested in learning more about .Net is more than welcome.

The focus of the presentations will be on learning and utilizing the .Net framework to the fullest extent, best practices, and cutting edge programming tools and new technologies.

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