Backend is the part of a website or application that handles data management, business logic, and communication between the frontend, other applications, and databases. It is responsible for providing an interface between the user and the server-side database. The backend includes server-side languages such as JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, Python, and Java, as well as databases like MySQL and MongoDB. Backend development involves writing code to create APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that allow other applications to interact with the application.
JSNation 2023JSNation 2023
28 min
APIs are Evolving. Again.
As developers we stand on the shoulders of giants, and it can be helpful to take a look at the past to gain a better perspective. In this talk we’ll briefly explore the past decade of backend development and architectural patterns.
We’ve often ditched technologies in an attempt to make the developer experience frictionless. However we sometimes forget what we can learn from “the good old days”.
What are you building: a monolith, a microservices system or something in between? A shift in how we see things can help us keep moving forwards.
JSNation 2022JSNation 2022
22 min
An Introduction to Deno for Node.js Developers
Deno and Node.js have a lot in common. They are both non-browser JavaScript runtimes built on the V8 engine. Deno and Node.js are also different in a lot of ways: TypeScript, CommonJS, package management, permission systems, tooling, native addons, browser compatibility. This talk will compare and contrast the two runtimes, focusing on what experienced Node.js developers need to know in order to succeed with Deno.
React Summit 2022React Summit 2022
23 min
Handling Data at Scale for React Developers
It is very difficult to scale modern web applications to millions of concurrent users. Oftentimes, we've got to provision and consider in-memory Key/Value stores, search engines, analytics engines, and databases, all while preserving traceability through the layers. This talk expands on the technical details of web apps at this scale, and offers a simpler way to achieve the same effect without the technical hassle.
JSNation 2022JSNation 2022
8 min
Getting Real with NodeJS and Kafka: An Event Stream Tale
In this lightning talk we will review some basic principles of event based systems using NodeJS and Kafka and get insights of real mission critical use cases where the default configurations are not enough. We will cover quick tips and tricks and good practices of Kafka with NodeJS using KafkaJS library and see some real code at a lightning speed.
TypeScript Congress 2022TypeScript Congress 2022
27 min
TypeScript and the Database: Who Owns the Types?
We all love writing types in TypeScript, but we often find ourselves having to write types in another language as well: SQL. This talk will present the choose-your-own-adventure story that you face when combining TypeScript and SQL and will walk you through the tradeoffs between the various options. Combined poorly, TypeScript and SQL can be duplicative and a source of headaches, but done well they can complement one another by addressing each other's weaknesses.
Node Congress 2022Node Congress 2022
8 min
The Evolution of Deploying Node on Servers and Platforms
NodeJS is a server-side representation of Javascript that can work well as an application's backend and can be run on various servers and infrastructures. In this talk, we'll be going through the journey of how Nodejs has been deployed over the years via various infrastructures from PaaS to Containers.
You can check the slides for Shedrack's talk 

GraphQL Galaxy 2021GraphQL Galaxy 2021
8 min
When (Not) To Create A GraphQL Server
Every (frontend) developer is asking for a GraphQL API but often lacks the backend knowledge to create a performant server. There are many different flavors in creating the perfect GraphQL server, ranging from schema-first to code-first or even auto generated solutions. Let me show you the pros and cons of each solution so, after this talk, you'll know which solution would best fit your team.

React Advanced Conference 2021React Advanced Conference 2021
6 min
Full-stack & typesafe React (+Native) apps with tRPC.io
Why are we devs so obsessed with decoupling things that are coupled nature? tRPC is a library that replaces the need for GraphQL or REST for internal APIs. When using it, you simply write backend functions whose input and output shapes are instantly inferred in your frontend without any code generation; making writing API schemas a thing of the past. It's lightweight, not tied to React, HTTP-cacheable, and can be incrementally adopted. In this talk, I'll give a glimpse of the DX you can get from tRPC and how (and why) to get started.