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Node.js and Event-Driven I/O

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Ryan Dahl’s talk on Node.js presents a clear and cogent argument for event-driven I/O. The first ten minutes could just as easily be a pitch for EventMachine or Twisted (touching on one of my own battlecries: threads suck). But he then follows on by pointing out that these libraries will never be truly intuitive to use, because event-driven I/O is enough of a fundamental shift that it requires deep language integration. This is why he ceated Node.js: Javascript, it turns out, is a fundamentally event-driven language because of its origins in the browser. I find it interesting to note that this is also the exact argument for Erlang.


Web Browser as Thick Client

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Interesting trend emerging: clients (i.e., web browsers) hitting resources directly. Some examples I’ve seen recently:

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Conditional Javascript Includes

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The Heroku toolbar floats on top of your app, providing access to some development functions.

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