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Node.js is a software platform to create fast, scalable web applications quickly. These applications also use JavaScript on the server and web browsers.

Two of the biggest programming problems today, and the past decade, are how to handle concurrency and blocking. Concurrency is the ability for a computer system to handle multiple requests at the same time, including requests that must interact with each other. Blocking happens when a computer process has to halt to let an earlier process complete.

If web browsers are to provide many different applications which used to be installed on individual computers, handling multiple requests in real time without blocking is key. Massive online games also are impossible without solving these problems.

Node.js is one solution to this problem (for example, Tornado and Twisted also solve this problem for Python). It is a platform to allow easy programming of fast, scalable applications that run on networks concurrently with no blocking. Node.js was first released in May 2009, by Ryan Dahl, and is under active development. The platform includes a server which runs independently of Apache, nginx, and other traditional server software. And Node.js uses an event driven architecture where events trigger responses from the system.

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Learn More Links for March 2014

Links from the bottom of all the March 2014 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.


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News Wire Stories for March 2014

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