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 Ruby’s Event Machine or Python’s Twisted). Event driven
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.
This session will explore the architectural basics of Node.js and how it’s
different from blocking server implementations such as PHP, Rail or Java
Servlets. We’ll explore some basic examples of creating a simple server,
dealing with HTTP requests, etc.
The bigger question is once we have this awesome programming environment,
what do we do with it? Node already has a really vibrant collection of
modules which provide a range of functionality. Demystifying what’s
available is pretty important to actually getting stuff done with Node.
Since Node itself is very low level, lot’s of things people expect in web
servers aren’t automatically there (for example, request routing). In order
to help ease people into using Node this session will look at a range of the
best modules for Node.js.
Participants in this session will learn:
Tom Hughes-Croucher is the CTO at Change.org The world’s largest petition platform. Tom loves helping people Change the world every single day.
Previously he founded Jetpacks for Dinosaurs, a consultancy that helped make their clients’ (Walmart, Nexenta, MySpace, Comcast, NY Times, etc) internet applications really fast.
Tom is the co-author of the O’Reilly book “Up and Running with Node.js”.
Tom has also worked at Joyent on the Node.js team, at Yahoo! and a range of other startups. Tom is an O’Reilly author with his book “Node.js Up and Running”.
Tom has contributed to a number of Web standards for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the British Standards Institute (BSI). He has worked with some of the world’s leading brands including Walmart, NASA, Yahoo!, Tesco, Three Telecom and the UK’s Channel 4 Television.
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