This summer, we hired three interns to build a mobile web application and learn a bunch in the process. Here is their story, in video form:
If you don’t have Flash installed (and thus don’t see the video above), you can try this direct link to the video. It plays well on most platforms (including an iPad).
It is also available on YouTube.
Why is Node worthy of attention?
- I know a few things about asyncronous server programming, having done a lot of it in 1990s IVR software; it is very well suited to serving a large user population.
- Node is accumulating libraries at an impressive rate, indicating momentum.
Node is not all unicorns and roses though.; my most serious misgiving about it is that it does not (yet) have a great strategy to make straightforward use of many-core servers. We’ll have to see how that develops over time.
The team at Fortnight Labs is putting together Node Knockout, a 48-hour Node programming contest. I am a fan of such contests. I’ve offered to help out by being a judge, and I’ve also signed up Oasis Digital as a sponsor.
As a judge, I can’t be on a team; I’ve like to see a team or two form here in St. Louis, though.