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I'm curious, given the backlash to Windows 8, if anyone is now coding with Node.js and MongoDB? This isn't really a question for a survey, I'm just looking to see whether people feel that W8 finally broke the link from Microsoft for them (those who felt linked to MS in the first place obviously). The obvious side effect of this is that, in a Node world, you no longer need Microsoft for any part of the development chain.
And yes - I'm one of those who is spending time working in this world (in particular, the combination of Node.js, MongoDB and Angular.JS).
I would that I could find time for personal computing related projects and new technology, but, in my current position, I use third party based systems for most of it and only occassionally actually write code.
For personal projects, this past six months has seen me dip my toes in woodworking... and I'm quite enjoying it!
Not really because of Win8, though. I started with Angular a while back because of a JS-heavy site I was working on at work. At the time, Win8 existed, but it was a non-issue for me. (still is - I'm a firm believer in the "Skip-Every-Other-Microsoft-Release" way of thinking). And when I started tutorials and watching videos and such to get up to speed on Angular, a lot of them were using the MEAN stack, so that got me interested in Mongo and Node. Not too keen on Express. Though to be fair I haven't really given it a good try yet.