Overview of NodeConf London 2016


The NodeConf London included the following talks:

Ones To Watch

All of the talks should be watched and are available on Youtube. Below is a list of a few of my favourites:

Nikhila Ravi - Server-less architecture in the wild:

An insightful and intelligent talk going through using a “serveless” architecture. This talk includes demonstrating the creation of a “serverless jukebox” including a live demonstration of the work available on Github.

Christian Heilmann - Making ES6 happen with ChakraCore and Node:

This talk is not only enlightening but hilarious. Christian Heilman is a highly entertaining speaker who is clearly knowledgeable and passionate about what he is talking about. Even as a JS newbie I could follow what he was talking about and instantly started looking into ChakraCore as soon as I got home.

Kassandra Perch - Robots, code and people:

Not the most technical talk of the lot - but Kassandra spoke to things we all recognise with awesome quotes and energy. She explores why we code, and the importance of the want for learning and the enjoyment of projects. She then goes on to talk about the importance of creating a space that’s inclusive to everyone in order to not destroying the potential to learn and make new and great things.

Andrew Martin - Avoiding release paralysis:

Want to learn about free technologies to help you with Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment? Then this is the talk you need to watch. Also it’s giphy-tastic.

Luca Maraschi - SWIMming in the microservices ocean:

Considering this talk was finished less than an hour before it was delivered, it was well presented and the content interesting. Want to know more about how companies like Uber operate? Watch this talk for a few insights..

Matt Clark - Node.js that’s hugely reliable, fast, and scalable:

Lessons learned from the BBC about producing fast, reliable and scalable Node apps. These principles also relate highly to working in a microservices style architecture. This talk is a great insight into the workings of certain BBC sites, but also how to avoid potential dangers while developing Node apps.


The content of NodeConf London was incredibly high quality, and those involved in making it possible were extremely professional. The volunteers were friendly and informative even though they had their hands full with Twitter, Gitter and all the other possible communication channels.

There were some set themes to the talks. Microservices, Docker, high-quality testing were all frequently mentioned as important for creating production quality Node apps. I left feeling inspired to investigate numerous things including Server-less architectures, how other companies use Docker in production in greater detail and using Blue-Green architectures to assist in testing on live environments with minimal risk.

Sadly, despite the fantastic Code of Conduct - there was a bit of .NET bashing, which as a .NET dev I thought was sad. My interest in Node is recent but I also love working with C# and would hate to think I can’t like both. It was also a shame that thought there was a diverse range of speakers, the panel at the end of the event were all men giving their answers. It would have been nice to have seen more diversity there, and to see if there were any difference in opinion to some of the questions asked.

Overall, NodeConf is a great conference. I encourage everyone to keep an eye out on Nearforms future events.