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% Felix's Node.js Community Guide
If you have just read the Beginner's Guide, and you are interested in becoming
more involved with the node.js community, this guide is for you.
## IRC
IRC is a great place to discuss the virtues of vim vs. emacs, as well as getting
support and interaction from people within the node.js community.
The official irc channel for node.js is located on [][freenode]
and named '#node.js' (yes, the dot is part of the name). There are usually ~500
people in there these days.
If you have a question, just go ahead and ask it. Depending on who's awake and
paying attention, you often get great replies right away. Otherwise just stick
around and wait for an hour or so. After that it's ok to ask your question
again, in case you think it went by unnoticed.
Oh, and you should always try to find your answer on the web first, but you [know
that][lmgtfy], right?
## Google Groups
A lot of discussion around node.js takes place via google group mailing lists.
The two official lists are:
~ The 'nodejs' list is meant for general node.js questions and discussions. So
generally that's the one you want to use.
~ If you have found a bug in node.js, or want to get involved in discussing
features & development, feel free to participate in the 'nodejs-dev' mailing
list. It's generally less noisy, and most of the core contributors follow it.
## Twitter
Since twitter cuts off tag names when it sees a dot character, many people use
the tag '#nodejs' to highlight node.js related content on twitter. You can find
the current stream of tweets via twitter's search function:
Since not everybody is tagging their content, the above query also includes
results for the term 'node.js' itself.
## Community Members
If you are curious about the people driving the node.js development & ecosystem,
here is a list of a few people whose names you should know.
### Ryan Dahl
Ryan is the creator, maintainer and [BDFL][bdfl] of node.js. This means any
commits that go into node.js are reviewed by him, and he's the only one who
directly pushes to the node repository.
While Ryan will generally try to respond to questions on the mailing list and
IRC, he's a very busy guy. So don't be upset if he doesn't answer your direct
questions right away, there are usually other people around who can help as
Ryan is currently working for [Joyent][joyent], a company that provides great
heroku-style [node.js hosting][nodehosting], and is the official corporate
sponsor for node.js.
* IRC Nick: ryah
* Twitter: [@ryah](
* GitHub: [ry](
* Blog: [](
* Where: San Francisco, USA
### Isaac Schlueter
Isaac is the author of [npm][npm], the de-facto package manager used by the
node.js community. He also works for Joyent and is a big contributor to the
node.js core as well. In his spare time he is trying to liberate the JavaScript
community from [semicolon slavery][semicolon].
* IRC Nick: isaacs
* Twitter: [@izs](
* GitHub: [isaacs](
* Blog: [](
* Where: San Francisco, USA
### Bert Belder
Bert is the main developer working on windows support for node, and also one
of the biggest overall contributors to the project.
* IRC Nick: piscisaureus
* Twitter: [@piscisaureus](
* GitHub: [piscisaureus](
* Where: Netherlands
### TJ Holowaychuk
TJ is the author of [express][express], [jade][jade] and many other popular
node.js libraries.
* Twitter: [@tjholowaychuk](
* GitHub: [visionmedia](
* Blog: [](
* Where: Victoria, BC, Canada
### Tim Caswell
Tim is the original author of [connect][connect], and has been contributing to
node.js since the early days. He currently works for HP (formerly Palm), and
is also known for the collaborative blog [][howtonode].
* IRC Nick: creationix
* Twitter: [@creationix](
* GitHub: [creationix](
* Blog: [][howtonode]
* Where: San Francisco, USA
### Felix Geisendörfer
Yours truly, who is very active in the node.js core development, and works on
projects such as [formidable][formidable], [mysql][mysql] and this very guide.
Besides node core development, I'm also the co-founder of a node.js startup
providing file uploading & video encoding as a service called
* IRC Nick: felixge
* Twitter: [@felixge](
* GitHub: [felixge](
* Blog: [](
* Where: Berlin, Germany
### Mikeal Rogers
Mikeal is the author of [request][request], and is very active in the
development of node.js, as well as the community.
* IRC Nick: mikeal
* Twitter: [@mikeal](
* GitHub: [mikeal](
* Blog: [](
* Where: San Francisco, USA
### Alexis Sellier
Alexis is a JavaScript mastermind who is responsible for projects such as
[less.js][lessjs], [vows][vows] and many others.
* IRC Nick: cloudhead
* Twitter: [@cloudhead](
* GitHub: [cloudhead](
* Blog: [](
* Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
### Jeremy Ashkenas
Jeremy is the author of [CoffeeScript][], [underscore][], [backbone][],
[docco][] and many other popular node.js / JavaScript libraries. He is
also running a node.js startup called [DocumentCloud][].
* IRC Nick: jashkenas
* Twitter: [@jashkenas](
* GitHub: [jashkenas](, [documentcloud](
* Where: New York City, USA
### Jed Schmidt
Jed is a japanese translator who moonlights as a JavaScript ninja. His node.js
framework [fab.js][fabjs] takes a radical new approach to structuring your JS
code, and includes all kinds of surprising aspects, exceeding most people's
understanding of JavaScript by far.
* IRC Nick: jedschmidt
* Twitter: [@jedschmidt](
* GitHub: [jed](
* Blog: [](
* Where: Tokyo, Japan
### Marak Squires
Marak who goes by the alias Jim Bastard, is mostly known for pumping out
dozens of node.js libraries per month, an ability only exceeded by his artful
use of profanity and trolling people. Don't get upset if he rubs you the wrong
way, he's a nice guy, but you just shouldn't challenge him to a Monkey Island
style sword duel.
* IRC Nick: jimbastard
* Twitter: [@maraksquires](
* GitHub: [marak](
* Blog: [](
* Where: New York City, USA
### Peteris Krumins
Some of you may know Peter from his popular blog [][catomat].
Together with James Halliday, he has recently started a node.js startup called
[browserling][browserling], which has also led to tons of open source modules
from the two of them.
* IRC Nick: pkrumins
* Twitter: [@pkrumins](
* GitHub: [pkrumins](
* Blog: [][catomat]
* Where: Riga, Latvia
### James Halliday
James is the author of many popular node.js libraries, such as [dnode][dnode],
[optimist][optimist] and [browserify][browserify]. He is also known for drawing
cute robots for [browserling][browserling] which he runs with Peteris Krumins.
* IRC Nick: substack
* Twitter: [@substack](
* GitHub: [substack](
* Blog: [](
* Where: Oakland, California, USA
### Your name here
This list is by no means exhaustive and for most parts in random order. My goal
is to keep this list short enough so it doesn't become a list of all [node.js
users][nodejsusers], but there are probably a few important names that I forgot. So if you
would like to see your name here as well, just email me.
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