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Welcome to this week in Node.js!

Hello and welcome to the fifteenth issue of Node Everywhere, a community newsletter brought to you by the Node.js Foundation.

Did you see the latest from the Node.js CollectionJacopo Daeli wrote a great post for folk from a C language background on What does const stand for in ES6? We’re always on the lookout for more great Node.js pieces on a variety of topics: serverless, containers, mobile, internet of things, community, you name it. Check out the guidelines for contributing your Node story. 

As always, please share what you find here with friends, but also be sure to reach out and share what you’re not seeing with us so that we can make sure to include it next time around. Keeping that in mind, check out this week in Node.js! 

Marky-markdown gives good visualizations, sweet sensations

Ever wondered how your docs will render on npm but didn’t want to publish to find out? Revin Guillen created a live test editor for marky-markdown, npm’s markdown parser, using the same renderer the npm site uses to help you preview your READMEs, gifs, and markdown syntax firsthand. Now you don’t have to worry about going back to edit or finding where you needed to add another space or a bullet for things to line up smoothly. 

Create a Slack bot with Node.js in less than 10 minutes

Perhaps you’re familiar with the trend of Function as a Service software libraries (FaaS), but if not, you’re going to want to see the sorts of things you can do with Standard Library (StdLib). Described as “if AWS Lambda and GitHub had a child, then asked [npm] and Twilio to be the godparents ” StdLib is a serverless, scalable microservices library. To get an idea of what you can do, Keith Horwood walks you through the quick and painless process of building a Slack bot in Build a “Serverless” Slack Bot in 9 Minutes with Node.js and StdLib. Now, what could you use a Slack bot for? The possibilities are seemingly endless.

You’re invited to JS Party 🎉, live every Friday 

What happens when you cross Mikeal Rogers, the authority on the intersection of JavaScript and breadmaking, with the man with the finest taste in drums and shoes in JavaScript, Alex Sexton, and add JavaScript’s favorite hardware/cat lady Rachel White? The Changelog’s latest and greatest podcast, JS Party. The weekly show airs live on Fridays with shorter, albeit edited down episodes, released soon after. The live shows combine the best things about parties involving JS: loads of opinions, intriguing knowledge sharing, awkward pauses, and even the occasional surprise guest. Check out the most recent episodes, but mark your calendars for Fridays, 3pm Eastern time.

Node.js Working Group updates, as of March 24

Node.js Core Technical Committee (CTC):

Next meeting: March 29, 2017
  • Approved proposal to make symbol key properties visible during inspection [pull request]
  • Discussion continues on the Buffer constructor API [issue]
  • Testing for initial async_hooks support is underway [pull request]

Node.js Technical Steering Committee (TSC):

Next meeting: April 6, 2017
  • Creating a pull request to move the Code of Conduct to TSC repo and replace in other repos with stubs [issue]
  • Presenting the Node.js Foundation board with charter-related membership participation concerns [pull request]
  • Discussion on the Collaboration Summit in Berlin continues [issue]
Other working groups:
  • LTS is creating a Backporting Working Group [issue] and is looking into ways to better define release schedules [minutes]
  • Stream welcomed new member Irina Shestak [issue] and is moving forward with the EPS to invert the dependency between Node.js and readable-stream. [pull request]
  • Diagnostics concluded that it makes sense to alias node debug to node inspect [minutes]
For information on the Node.js working groups see the CTC GitHub repo and the TSC GitHub repo for meeting times, issues, and more.

Join the community at these upcoming events  🎉

30-31 March – Render Conf, Oxford, UK

5-8 April – NodeConf Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

6-7 May – JSConf Europe, Berlin, Germany

6-7 May – Amazonia, London, UK

8-11 May – OSCON, Austin, Texas (US)

24-25 May – Signal, San Francisco, California (US)

26-29 June – Eyeo Festival, Minneapolis, Minneasota (US)

6-9 July – NodeConf Adventure, Walker Creek Ranch, California (US)

25-27 – Node Summit, San Francisco, California (US)

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Have a project you want shared with the Node.js community? Or a within-the-realm-of Node.js adjacent event coming up? Or just an idea of something that should be shared in these issues? Please reach out! Email us with tips, suggestions, and friendly corrections. 
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