Overheard: Word of the Day

Apr 12 2012   11:44AM GMT

Overheard talking about Node.js and JavaScript on the server

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“Node is a server-side JavaScript interpreter that changes the notion of how a server should work. Its goal is to enable a programmer to build highly-scalable applications and write code that handles tens of thousands of simultaneous connections on one, and only one, physical machine.” — Michael Abernethy       


 Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Node.jsNode.js is a set of server-side JavaScript libraries that runs within Google’s V8 JavaScript engine. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model. It is asynchronous, which proponents say leads to good performance and scalability.  The most intruiging thing I’ve read about Node, though, is that if it becomes widely adopted on mobile devices, it has the potential to change the way we think about servers. Again.

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