But the project continued and persisted!
The turning point for me, while in the midst of working on cloud, distributed systems, and even fighting with Cloud Foundry, my good friend Troy Howard (@thoward37) and I after a few rounds decided we were going to run a conference as an excuse to learn Node.js better. That evening at The Side Door in Portland we decided we’d name the conference Node PDX and hold it in just about ~4 weeks. What’s obvious in hindsight is that one doesn’t merely run a conference with just ~4 weeks to organize it, but that’s what we did and we managed to – miraculously – pull it off!
The organizing of this Node PDX had Luc Perkins join Troy and I. We expanded even further and this event was really huge, with more peripheral activities and even more hacking on cool projects, conversations, and things launched outside of the conference itself then we could have even imagined. It’s rather amazing what started as just a random idea over beers (while hacking on some code projects) can turn into!
Over the years since, we’ve had another Node PDX which was awesome too. We’re aiming, prospectively, for another one in the coming years but we’ve not pinpointed the exact dates yet.
Alas, the story continues, and I’m looking forward to the saga!