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Been hacking in Node.js and am really enjoying the saneness of this dev environment.

Some handy links before I forget  :

  • howto.no.de articles – especially Part I, II and III of ‘Learning Javascript with Object Graphs’
  • Joyeur blogs – people working for Joyent on Node / DTrace / Solaris
  • no.de Joyent Node hosting [ built atop - 'open' solaris, ZFS, DTrace ]
  • NodeJitsu blog
  • npm.mape.me – searchable Node.js Modules list
  • connect-it guide – web framework with chained middleware layers
  • express guide – article on express web framework for Node
  • eventserver – Tom Lee’s internet tee piping for notifications

In other news.. Im hacking over ssh via a long thin pipe to my linode server – using a very erratic mobile broadband connection, arrgh!

Cant wait for ADSL to _finally_ be connected here, so I can watch Bryan Cantrill talk about Cloud Analytics :]

As an aside.. why Javascript?  Consider

  • Javascript is a totally distinct language from Java
  • Javascript deserves its bum rap.. to mis-quote Dame Judi Dench, its bad parts are “arse-clench-ingly” bad :]
  • The good parts of Javascript feel very nice, like a modern lisp inspired language, fairly concise, many valid idioms
  • V8 js engine is fast
  • Javascript callback mechanism fits async event IO really well
  • Node.js embodies the above bullet point into a fine server development environment
  • JSON, the Javascript native data format, is all the good things of XML with none of the bad
  • feels like a unix-like web-plumbing philosophy
  • can keep the same language syntax hat on when writing front end web apps and back end servers
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