Nov. 2014 Meetup - DocumentDB and Writing Node.js Authentication

01 October 2014

The Seattle Node.js Meetup is pleased announce our meetup on Thursday, Nov. 20 with talks on building Node.js applications around the DocumentDB NoSQL datastore and authenticating your Node servers. Microsoft is hosting us at their SLU offices on the west side.

As always, you can find all things Seattle Node.js-related at the group website: And you can reach out to us via email at or Twitter at @seattlenode.

See you soon!


6:30 - 7:00pm: Start with pizza and beer, courtesy of Stormpath.

7:00pm - 8:00pm: Listen to some awesome talks.

8:00pm - on: Mingle, mix, chat things Node.js-related and more as we wind down.


How to build a Node.js application on top of Azure DocumentDB

Andrew Liu - Microsoft

Microsoft Azure has a new service DocumentDB - a fully-managed NoSQL document database-as-a-service offering rich query and transactions over schema-free data. DocumentDB is an ideal solution for web and mobile applications which require iterative development and evolving data models. Unlike other document databases, DocumentDB is the first of its kind to offer native support for JavaScript, SQL query and transactions over schema-free JSON documents. By the end of this talk you will walk away with a basic understanding building a Node.js web application on top of Azure Websites + DocumentDB.

Andrew is a program manager working on the Azure DocumentDB team at Microsoft, and has recently fallen in love with Node.js. Before that, he was a software development engineer working on the e-commerce platform at Amazon.

Everything you Wanted to Know About Authentication

Randall Degges - Stormpath

Authentication is one of the least understood areas in web development – and there’s a lot to know: how cookies and sessions work, how to properly encrypt user sessions, how to safely log users in and out of a web application, which libraries to use, etc.

In this presentation, Randall Degges, Stormpath Developer Evangelist will share all of the best practices he learned while building Stormpath’s Express.js authentication libraries. In this talk, you will learn how to safely log users into web applications, secure REST APIs, the low-level details that make this possible, and which Node libraries you should be using (and where).

He will cover:

  • How HTTP authentication works (form based and API based).
  • What are cookies, and how do they work?
  • How do sessions work?
  • What is the best way to store user state in Node applications?
  • What sort of encryption should be used to secure client-side cookies?
  • Where does SSL fit into the picture?

Randall is a Developer Evangelist at Stormpath, and a happy programmer. He likes to hack stuff.

Venue / Sponsors

Microsoft is hosting us at their Westlake-Terry office in SLU at: 320 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109.

Stormpath is graciously sponsoring food and beverages.

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