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Say Hello to Node.JS

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August 14, 2010 10:40 AM

Engine Yard, San Francisco, CA

Engine Yard, San Francisco, CA

Node.js is a highly concurrent JavaScript server written on top of the V8 JavaScript runtime. This is awesome for a number of reasons. Firstly Node.js has re-architected some of the core module of V8 to create a server implementation that is non-blocking (similar to other event driven frameworks like Ruby¹s Event Machine or Python¹s Twisted). Event driven architectures are a natural fit for JavaScript developers because it¹s already how the browser works. By using an event driven framework Node is not only intuitive to use but also highly scalable. Tests have shown Node instances running tens of thousands of simultaneous users.

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