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Node Web Development

Cover of Node Web Development by David Herron Published by Packt Publishing

Chapter 1. What is Node?

Node is an exciting new platform for developing web applications, application servers, any sort of network server or client, and general purpose programming. It is designed for extreme scalability in networked applications through an ingenious combination of asynchronous I/O, server-side JavaScript, smart use of JavaScript anonymous functions, and a single execution thread event-driven architecture.

The Node model is very different from common application server platforms that scale using threads. The claim is that, because of the event-driven architecture, memory footprint is low, throughput is high, and the programming model is simpler. The Node platform is in a phase of rapid growth, and many are seeing it as a compelling ...

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