In order to become more immersed and fluent in web and mobile technologies, I participated in the Hackergarten meetup in Basel last week.
We were a dozen people, mostly experienced in large-scale modern web and database technologies.
The suggested topics were legion, including WebRTC, Spike/Chatapp, Node Webkit, JS tools, CouchDB, Ionic Framework, High scalability, Guice, Gradle plugin, Android slide show, Polymar JS (similar to Angular).
I sat down with three other guys with the goal of exploring PouchDB.
We installed the bower package manager to simplify the development work and package management:
The web server is provided by the grunt-contrib-connect plugin.
Those packages were installed and running within minutes, we had a framework set up for developing, and a local web server running for testing.
We started exploring PouchDB step by step in the DjDoodle project that I set up on GitHub for testing purposes.
As a summary, I can say I saw a lot of powerful and impressive technology.
One little immediate consequence I took was to install and start using Chrome instead of Firefox :-)