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NodeJS first impression

NodeJS first impression

Working with JavaScript is a fun thing to do. You can hate it and love it at the same time but one thing that is inevitable is that JavaScript is pushing its way to the top where all the big boys are. As a major platform on the client-side it's now becoming very important factor on the server-side as well.

Node.js

Node is built on top of the Chrome's V8 engine which allows developers to use the same JavaScript syntax but with server-side capabilities. That opens a lot of doors when it comes to speed, cross platform support and a lot more. It is fairly easy to install, use and consume. What Node isn't is replacement for other server-side technologies. It is meant to be used for building services, web sites, proxies, etc. that are very fast and highly responsive.

One neat feature that comes with Node is npm,  a package manager that allows for quick and easy installation, publishing and managing of node modules in general. For people that come from the .NET world, it is a equivalent to NuGet.

More info on NodeJS can be found at http://nodejs.org.

We at Vega are quite excited with Node and what it offers. It is a very good candidate for a couple of projects that are coming. More posts on Node will follow, stay tuned.

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