April 15, 2020 – Guy Royse

🤷🏻‍♂️ TBD

Like the rest of the world, we’re online only right now. As a result, the previously scheduled speaker is not able to make the meetup. I’m planning on filling in. We’ve got a couple choices here:

  • I live-code RedisMUD using WebSockets, Node.js, and RedisGraph.
  • I give a talk called “Understanding Probabilistic Data Structures with 112,092 UFO Sightings”.
  • I brush and oil my beard for an hour.

Alternatively, if someone else would like to speak, I’d be happy to schedule you. Just drop me a line at guy at guy royse dot com (but, you know as an actual email address and not this bot shielding stuff).

Thanks, Guy

May 20, 2020 – Matt Eland

🎤 Building an Interactive Fiction Game in Modern JavaScript

Ever look at modern gaming and think “Gee, I really wish modern games looked like text-based games from the 80’s, but with a modern JavaScript front end”? If so, you have interesting hobbies.

There will be a little bit of something for everyone in this eclectic talk as Matt walks us through the basics of building a text-based game engine using TypeScript and NLP-Compromise.

We’ll walk through the process of prototyping the game world and its interface using event modeling, Balsamiq, and diagramming tools.

You’ll learn how to quickly take a mockup and build it out using Angular and Angular Material.

We’ll take an in-depth look at input parsing using NLP-Compromise to parse user commands and make sense of sentences without having to build a robust database of individual words.

We’ll see how Jest and test-driven-development pair well with Google Analytics to iteratively design and refine the way the game responds to player input.

We’ll close by talking about next steps and how this prototype could be fleshed out to a full JavaScript library and ported to other JavaScript frameworks.

Matt is committed to helping people (and their code) achieve greater things. After nearly two decades of working as a professional software engineer, Matt put away his mechanical keyboard and made teaching others his primary job in a continuing quest to invest in the community and up-and-coming developers. Matt has been working with code since 1987 yet constantly discovers new things to learn. Matt focuses on building quality software applications using C#, F#, TypeScript, Angular, Vue, and plain-old JavaScript. When he’s not teaching or coding, Matt writes on software engineering at KillAllDefects.com, builds highly unusual side projects, goes on refactoring frenzies, and enjoys learning new things to share with the community at large.