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Aug. 22, 2014 9:53 am

What programmers learned at MeetMe’s fireside chat with TJ Fontaine

The Node.js project lead gave an informative talk about the programming language's strengths. The event, hosted by New Hope-based social network MeetMe, was part of an ongoing meetup.

Developers gathered at MeetMe to listen to TJ Fontaine.

(Photo by Jason Sherman)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by MeetMe.

It’s no secret that over the past year TJ Fontaine has become absolutely essential to the Node.js project.

Technologists from around the region came together to watch Fontaine in action at MeetMe’s headquarters in New Hope, Pa., this week.

Node.js project lead TJ Fontaine. (Photo by Jason Sherman)

It was a side stop of the Node.js on the Road tour, which resulted in a much more intimate and technical talk about Node.js.

Fontaine shared a ton of valuable information for a room full of MeetMe developers, and others, who use Node.js for work.

MeetMe’s global headquarters in New Hope, Pa. (Photo by Jason Sherman)

The questions asked by the group opened up new perspectives on how to approach creating a platform in Node.


“After working in Ohio for 14 years I was asked to take on this open-source project,” Fontaine said. “So I moved to San Francisco and went on to help create something amazing for the world to use.”

Fontaine showed a lot of enthusiasm for his role in the Node.js project, spending most of his talk on very technical, application-specific functions.

(Photo by Jason Sherman)

(Photo by Jason Sherman)

Showing Node in action, he explained the DTrace function and how it helps coders see the process of running instances of their platform.

He went on to discuss recursive objects in C++, along with Node’s role at Joyent (which maintains Node and is Fontaine’s employer). “Using a debugging plugin as a way to reconstruct your files is critical to learning how your platform works,” Fontaine said.

He was very adamant about using stack tracing, debugging and watching for memory leaks on a daily basis — in order to truly understand what the processes are.

MeetMe meetup organizers say they’ll continue to keep their group growing. Senior architect at MeetMe, Jason Lotito, showed a lot of passion for the ongoing event.

“We plan on staying focused on sharing technologies that our teams are passionate about here,” said Lotito. “It’s a win-win for everyone, because we get to be involved in the tech community, learn and share some laughs and beers by the end of the night.”

Bucks County technologists networked at the MeetMe-hosted event. (Photo by Jason Sherman)

Jason Sherman

Jason Sherman is a serial entrepreneur who writes about tech startups for Technical.ly Philly and the Examiner, where he has contributed since March 2012. The cofounder of B2B video platform See2B, he's a drone pilot and official videographer for various tech meetups, as well as frequent tech community mentor. Sherman majored in computer science at Delaware Valley University during the dot-com boom. He loves all things tech, art, music, film, food and his Shih Tzu, Wolfgang.


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