I didn’t do much coding stuff over the weekend. Before coming in Monday morning, pretty much all I had done was install Node. When I got to the Dojo, instead of the usual morning algorithm whiteboarding session, we watched an algorithm documentary! It was all about how important algorithms are to our daily lives without us even noticing. It was a neat documentary, and it’s available on Netflix if anyone wants to check it out: The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms
After the documentary, it was time to get cracking at the N in MEAN, Node.js. After installation and setup, the next step was to get acquainted with npm (Node Package Manager), which is the node equivalent of pip for Python. Back in Python we used pip to install “libraries” and now we’re using npm to install “modules.” Oh, and in Rails we installed “gems!” These are all just different names for the same thing: pre-built chunks of code openly available for use to make our lives easier. Later I’ll do a post about some cool node modules!