The node server replaces a PHP version that was running on my Media Temple server. Since the magic of SendTab requires every single client to talk to my server constantly, it was causing my server to fall over - PHP does not like it when 500 requests come in every second. And when my server falls over, it brings down half a dozen other websites, causing all sorts of stress and anxiety for me.
Amazingly, the node version, hacked out by XOXCO's , hums along at 300+ requests a second using the COMPLETELY FREE Heroku node hosting while storing data in an also completely free mongo database. There is definitely something to the claims that node is a speedy, speedy demon, and handles concurrency like a champ.
Having been there when launching a website involved actually screwing a couple of new servers into a rack somewhere, it is really mind blowing to me that we can now deploy hyper-responsive web services by pushing to a git repo in the cloud. Exciting, but completely terrifying.
As for us, we're using the Express library (http://expressjs.com/) to serve static/dynamic content as well as providing routes to the actual application logic. It's a lot like Sinatra for Ruby and seems to be the the most popular make-a-webserver-in-Node library.
- XOXCOCaptain, present
- DeepleapInventor, 1999 - 2000
- ConsumatingRingleader, 2004 - 2007
- CAIS InternetSystems Admin, 1998 - 1999
- CNET NetworksNot sure, 2006 - 2007
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