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11 November 2010, 16:49

Node.js finds new abode

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Node.js, the V8 JavaScript tool for creating event driven, scalable network programs, has found a new home with cloud hosting company Joyent.

As announced on Joyeur, the Joyent blog, the cloud company's involvement with Node.js goes back over a year when Joyent developers were "looking for a way to write small, low latency network servers and agents for use in our infrastructure management products without having to resort to C or Erlang every time." Ryan Dahl the original developer of Node.js and now a full time Joyent employee comments that "Node's popularity can support a larger, more structured development team" and that "The only effective change for developers is that the contributor agreement will be directed to Joyent rather than myself. Node will continue regular releases under the MIT license."

As mentioned on ReadWriteHack, Node.js has been successful enough that O'Reilly are soon to publish the book Up and running with Node.js written by Yahoo! developer Tom Hughes-Croucher. A preview of the bookPDF is available on-line.

The latest stable version, Node.js 0.2.4, has been tested on Linux, Macintosh and Solaris and also runs on Windows, FreeBSD and OpenBSD. The source can be downloaded from the project's Git repository. Python 2.4 or better is required to build Node.js and the V8 engine (on which Node.js is built) only supports ARM and 32-bit and 64-bit Intel architectures. Node.js is licensed under a number of licences; V8 is under a BSD licence and other components are under the GPL2 or MIT licences, while the overall licence is an MIT like licence.


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