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24 June 2011, 09:50

Node.js to go native on Windows with Microsoft's help

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Joyent, RackSpace and Microsoft are working together to create a native port of the Node.js event-driven JavaScript platform. Node.js uses the V8 JavaScript engine; it has become popular with web developers who want to work with JavaScript on the server side and an active community has developed around it. At a talk in May, Ryan Dhal, Node.js creator, revealed that work for Node.js 0.5 was ongoing and focused on re-plumbing Node.js for Windows. Node.js is currently UNIX I/O-centric and can only run on Windows with the assistance of the Cygwin environment.

In a blog posting, Dahl explains that Microsoft are providing "official guidance and engineering resources" to the effort to produce an official node.exe which will work on Windows Azure and Windows versions "as far back as Server 2003". Rackspace have committed developer Bert Belder to the effort. The port will use the IOCP high performance I/O API. There are no release dates set for the new work, but it will probably arrive with the release of Node 0.5.


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