January 21st Meetup – 7:30 PM – PayPal on Node.js

Happy New Year, Austin JavaScriptorians! Hopefully you’re enjoying your 2014 SO MUCH you’ve already broken those pesky resolutions you made a couple of weeks ago.

We’re kicking the new year off with an exciting talk from our friends at PayPal called “Release the Kraken: A Story of Node.js in the Enterprise.” Jeff Harrell and Erik Toth will tell us how PayPal revitalized its tech stack by moving from Java, JSP, and proprietary solutions to a Node.js web application stack with dust.js templating. Developer agility was the primary motivation, but along the way they had to take on enterprise culture and teach people that JavaScript is no longer a “toy,” but a powerful tool to wield. We’ll also take a look at PayPal’s web app framework, Kraken.

Jeff Harrell, Director of Engineering at PayPal, is a JavaScript hacker who’s excited about bringing it and Node.js to large scale organizations. Erik Toth is a Principal Software Engineer at PayPal.

AustinJS is sponsored this month by RetailMeNot. Thank them for their gracious gifts of pizza and drinks, their support of the local JavaScript community, and ask them about their job opportunities (contact).

Afterwards, the discussion carries on a few blocks away at The Gingerman, where they have over 70 beers on tap.

If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Aaron (@aaronj1335).  Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter: @AustinJS