The Silent Syndrome in Node (and everywhere)

A look at “imposter syndrome” and the Node.js community.

Abstract:

When I think about Node, I usually think of really big projects: npm, dat, frameworks like express and hapi; tools like socket.io, gulp, and browserify; these complex modules that enable people to build amazing applications. In light of these awesome projects, it’s hard to not feel like a Node novice or impostor by comparison.

But developing with Node doesn’t have to mean contributing to core or building the next MVC framework: being a part of Node’s amazing community can mean using Node for learning, enhancing your workflow with automated tooling, and getting small web apps up and running quickly.

This is a broad talk on impostor syndrome and Node; getting involved for the first time or feeling like a “real” developer when you’re already there; on the influences and lessons I’ve learned personally by learning Node and becoming acquainted with the Node community.

Lydia Katsamberis, “The Silent Syndrome” (SF Node.JS Meetup) from PubNub on Vimeo.

About Lydia Katsamberis

Lydia Katsamberis is a JavaScript Engineer at craigslist. In previous lives, she was a front-end developer for AOL, gdgt.com, and United Business Media. Lydia loves coding with JavaScript, using animated gifs excessively, and the Midwest.

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