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The podcast for all things JavaScript, OpenHive.JS presents conversations with key contributors and open source leaders around new developments, challenges and perspectives in JS technology.

Hosted by James Snell and Matteo Collina, OpenHive.JS publishes new episodes monthly and is produced and distributed by NearForm.
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Mikeal Rogers on the Open Source Model
For the tenth episode of OpenHive.JS, we pick up right where we left off in conversation with Mikeal Rogers, IPLD Lead at Protocol Labs, NodeConf creator and JavaScript thought leader. If you haven’t listened to episode 9, you may want to start there. Here in part two, we continue talking about the benefits of open source, what we all can do to further the model, even more ways to manage data effectively and much more. Welcome back to OpenHive.JS.
January 6, 2021
Mikeal Rogers on Decentralised Databases
For the ninth episode of OpenHive.JS, we sit down for a detailed, insightful and entertaining conversation with Mikeal Rogers, IPLD Lead at Protocol Labs, creator of NodeConf and longtime friend of NearForm. Mikeal has been a key figure in the JavaScript community for many years and comes ready to discuss it all, from decentralised databases and encryption to open source ideals and more. With this much to talk about, we need two episodes. This is part one. Welcome back to OpenHive.JS.
December 9, 2020
Anthony Aragues on Data Visualisation
In this episode of OpenHive.JS, we welcome Anthony Aragues, author of Visualising Streaming Data, to discuss the value of data visualisation within the context of modern technology and innovation. Drawing from his experience in developing applications for the analysis and presentation of data, Anthony tells us about the art of making data intuitive and the tools and libraries used to do so. Welcome back to OpenHive.JS. Some of the tools referenced in this conversation include: Create React app: Create boilerplate React applications ANTD: UI Framework Tool ANTV: Visualisation ANTV G6: Graph visualization library Cytoscape: Data Visualisation AlaSql: Push data to in memory javascript tables and query them Papaparse: CSV Parser, data conversion Redis Mongo MQTT
November 11, 2020
Alessandro Polidori on Open Source and VoIP
In this episode of OpenHive.JS, we sit down with Alessandro Polidori, a senior software engineer and popular tech speaker with more than a decade of experience, to discuss the role of open source and Node.js in the technology that powers much of our communications today. Alessandro takes us through WebRTC, VoIP communications and much more. Welcome back to OpenHive.JS.
October 7, 2020
Kenigbolo Meya Stephen on Documentation
In this episode of OpenHive.JS, we speak with Kenigbolo Meya Stephen about the ever important role of documentation in open source software development. Kenigbolo gets into the value of documentation as a key form of communication, how aspiring developers can hone their skills, the importance of mentoring and more. Welcome back to OpenHive.JS.
September 9, 2020
NearForm on Building Contact Tracing Apps
In this special all-NearForm episode, we welcome our colleagues Colm Harte, Kevin Devine and Shaun Baker, who have spent the past several weeks designing, building and deploying Covid-19 contact tracing apps, including the highly successful COVID Tracker Ireland app. Here, they talk to us about the specific technology used, the challenges of creating an app with such high stakes and much more. Welcome back to OpenHive.JS.
August 12, 2020
Ramón Guijarro on Modern Web APIs
For this episode, we welcome Ramón Guijarro, a product-focused engineer with extensive experience in JavaScript and React, who is passionate about building great user interfaces and a better web for us all. Ramón talks to us about the importance of the developer experience, how to know which APIs to use when there are so many and much more. Welcome back to OpenHive.JS.
July 6, 2020
Laurie Barth on Maintaining Gatsby
In this episode of OpenHive.JS, we talk to Laurie Barth about life as a Gatsby maintainer and what it’s really like to be part of a project with that many moving parts. Laurie shares insights into getting started in open source, the beauty of docs done right and much more. Welcome back to OpenHive.JS.
June 9, 2020
Liran Tal on Empowering Open Source
For this episode of OpenHive.JS from NearForm, we welcome Liran Tal, Developer Advocate at Snyk and a member of the Node.JS Security working group. Liran shares tips for engaging contributors in the open source community, why it's important for organisations using OSS to give back and much more. Welcome back to OpenHive.JS.
June 9, 2020
Philipp Dunkel on Temporal
For our introductory episode of OpenHive.JS, the podcast for all things JavaScript from NearForm, we welcome Philipp Dunkel to tell us about the Temporal proposal for date and time handling. Philipp gets into the persistent challenges in how we currently manage date and time, and explains how Temporal aims to solve them. Welcome to OpenHive.JS.
June 8, 2020