The first stop on my NxtGenUG NodeJS tour kicked off last night in Birmingham.
A medium-sized market town during the medieval period, Birmingham grew to international prominence in the 18th century at the heart of the Midlands Enlightenment and subsequent Industrial Revolution, which saw the town at the forefront of worldwide developments in science, technology and economic organisation, producing a series of innovations that laid many of the foundations of modern industrial society. By 1791 it was being hailed as "the first manufacturing town in the world". Birmingham’s distinctive economic profile, with thousands of small workshops practising a wide variety of specialised and highly-skilled trades, encouraged exceptional levels of creativity and innovation and provided a diverse and resilient economic base for industrial prosperity that was to last into the final quarter of the 20th century.
Today that tradition is kept alive by people like the NxtGenUG guys who come along once a month, (twice this month, but then everyone makes an exception for the great Mike Tulty, right?) to learn about what’s “new and shiny” in the world of software development.
Last night it was me teaching them about NodeJS, which I hope I managed to do without bending their brains with the nature of “callback-centric programming” in NodeJS.
Thanks for having me guys, and I look forward to speaking to you again in the future, if you’ll have me back. In the meantime, don’t forget to take me up on the VistaDB offer I made you.
But for now, it’s onwards to Coventry!