JSFoo 2014

JavaScript as the centerpiece of a complex web stack

In 2011, Node.js put JavaScript firmly in the backend, making JavaScript developers productive at both ends of the stack, and making it possible for business logic to finally be moved into JavaScript.

In 2012, AngularJS made us think about moving business logic completely into the client-side as an actually sensible idea. Meteor give that idea two thumbs up.

In 2013, we went wild thinking of all the possibilities. JavaScript phones! Robots!

In 2014, it’s time for some sobering up. The backends we built over a decade in Ruby and Python aren’t going away. New languages like Go and Hack are tantalising us with new possibilities. Our applications are increasingly distributed, often involving third party APIs. In such a scenario, where does your business logic reside?

In 2014, JavaScript is no longer a toothless child or a rebellious teenager that wants to do everything itself. JSFoo 2014 is about working with JavaScript as the centerpiece of a complex web stack.


This year’s edition spans four days, with two days of workshops and two days of conference. All days feature a single track. We invite proposals for:

  • Full-length 40 minute talks
  • A crisp 15-minute presentation
  • Sponsored sessions, 40 minute duration
  • Flash talks of 5 minutes duration. Submissions for flash talks will be accepted during the event
  • Three hour workshops where everybody gets their laptop out and follows along

Criteria to submit

You must be a practising web developer or designer, and must be able to show how your own work has advanced the state of the web in the past year. You are expected to present original work that your peers — this event’s audience — recognise as being notable enough to deserve a stage.

If you are excited about someone’s work and believe it deserves wider recognition, we recommend you contact them and ask them to submit a proposal.

Selection Process

Voting is open to attendees who have purchased event tickets. If there is a proposal you find notable, please vote for it and leave a comment to initiate discussions. Your vote will be reflected immediately, but will be counted towards selections only if you purchase a ticket.

Proposers must submit presentation drafts as part of the selection process to ensure that the talk is in line with the original proposal, and to help the editorial panel build a strong line-up for the event.

There is only one speaker per session. Entry is free for selected speakers. HasGeek will cover your travel to and accommodation in Bangalore from anywhere in the world for speakers delivering full sessions (30 minutes or longer). As our budget is limited, we will prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. If you are able to raise support for your trip, we will count that as speaker travel sponsorship.

If your proposal is not accepted, you can buy a ticket at the same rate as was available on the day you proposed. We’ll send you a code.

Commitment to Open Source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like it to be available under a permissive open source license. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licenses (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognize that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a sponsored session.

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Shyam Seshadri


Rapid Development with the MEAN Stack - or How I learned to love JavaScript

Submitted Aug 6, 2014

Understand what the MEAN stack is, and how a Full JavaScript stack can accelerate application development. To this aim, we will cover what is Node.js, why is it awesome, what is AngularJS and why is it awesome. Then, pulling it together, we will see how we can use something like MongoDB along with Node.js and AngularJS to rapidly develop scalable, maintainable web applications!


The MEAN stack has really caught on in the past year or so, and more and more companies are rapidly adopting one or all components of it. What does MEAN mean? Can JavaScript really work as a server-side technology? Why was AngularJS developed? How do they all play together. We will cover all this, and more, including:

  • Why has JavaScript been scary?
  • How does JavaScript actually work on the Server (with NodeJS)?
  • Understand how a single-threaded, event based architecture allows us to create super scalable servers.
  • Cover the beauty of AngularJS, which lets us write less, more focused code to do much more!
  • What it means when we say the MEAN stack.
  • Differentiate between the MEAN stack, and MEAN.io
  • Learn how we can leverage having the same programing language on server and client and reduce the amount of code we write.
  • How we could share business logic, validation logic and much more between the server and the client.


Not a handson workshop, so just come in with an open mind, and prepare to be converted!
Prior experience with JavaScript will be a plus

Speaker bio

Shyam Seshadri is the CEO & Director at Fundoo Solutions Private Limited ( http://www.befundoo.com ), a tech startup that is based out of Navi Mumbai. Shyam is a published author and has written two books on AngularJS for O’Reilly (the second one, called AngularJS Up & Running ( http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920033486.do ) is scheduled to be out soon).

Before he started Fundoo, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Google in Mountain View, where he also worked on AngularJS when it first started. He has an MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

Nowadays, he spends his time working on awesome new products, consulting on high level architecture and complex projects and conducting AngularJS & NodeJS workshops internationally.


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JSFoo is a forum for discussing UI engineering; fullstack development; web applications engineering, performance, security and design; accessibility; and latest developments in #JavaScript. Follow JSFoo on Twitter more