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Joe Lennon

Joe is CTO @ ePubDirect in Cork, Ireland. He is the author of HTML5 in Action and Beginning CouchDB, and is a regular contributor to IBM developerWorks.


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Professional Node.js Training

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Today I am launching an intensive, 3 hour online training course that guides through the process of building and deploying a Node.js application from scratch. The course walks through building an app using the increasingly popular MEAN stack - MongoDB, Express…

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A tough job interview

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A few years ago, I was contacted by someone in Gilt Groupe about a potential role in their front-end engineering team in Dublin. At the time I was happy in my Product Manager role in Core and was routinely ignoring similar emails from recruitment agencies and…

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ASP.NET MVC 5 on Mac OS X with Mono

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In ePubDirect, our platform is built on a .NET technology stack. As a Mac guy, the thought of spending most of my time in Windows gives me shivers, so I've spent a little time looking into how to work on .NET on a Mac. The open source Mono project is a relati…

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Deploying a Node.js app to IBM BlueMix

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In this article, you will learn how to build a simple Node.js application and deploy it to IBM's BlueMix platform. BlueMix makes it easy to deploy your apps into production, and provides a variety of services that simplify common tasks such as data storage, c…

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File Uploads with Express 4.0

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One of the side projects I'm currently working on is a quick online ONIX for Books file validator utility. The tool is built using Node.js and Express, and I quickly ran into an issue with handling file uploads. Searching Google didn't help all that much, part…

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Writing Technology Books

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I love technology books. Ever since I was a kid I have loved the in-depth coverage and detail offered by books in my industry. I still remember picking up a copy of UNIX Unleashed for about £6 when I was in school and lugging it home in my backpack. The book …

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Requesting personal details over the phone

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This evening I received a familiar phone call about my account with an investment fund company. It starts off with a friendly greeting, explaining the purpose of the call and asking if I have the time to talk about my account. After I said that I could, the ve…