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node.js - Fast event based web application development


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An introduction to node.js and the ecosystem around this great JavaScript engine

An introduction to node.js and the ecosystem around this great JavaScript engine

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  • 1. node.js Fast event based web application development Wien, 7. April 2011 Gerhard Hipfinger
  • 2. What is node.js? A JavaScript runtime Based on Googles V8 JavaScript engine High performance async event handling Module system, I/O system bindings, supports all common network protocols
  • 3. Availability Available on all major platforms and on Windows too (via Cygwin or MinGW)
  • 4. Module Management You want to use module management as there are many available! Over 1100 NPM is your friend curl | sh npm install express
  • 5. Obligatory Hello, World! console.log('Hello, node.js World!'); > node hello.js Hello, node.js World! Create file hello.js with the content: Than type:
  • 6. Design Goals Only a small core library Extensible module system Non blocking I/O As close to system calls as possible
  • 7. Non Blocking I/O First we look at traditional blocking I/O I/O is serialized and the execution time is sum(opA, opB) var a = getSomethingFromDatabase(); c onsole.log(a); v ar b = getSomethingFromDatabase(); console.log(b);
  • 8. Non Blocking I/O getSomethingFromDatabase(paramA, function(result) { console.log(result); }); getSomethingFromDatabase(paramB function(result) { console.log(result); }); Both queries are handled in an event queue and don't block each other Execution time is MAX(op1,op2)
  • 9. Non Blocking I/O node.js uses epoll, kqueue or whatever is available at the underlying operating system So I/O does not waste your CPU cycles No busy waiting! Thread pool is used for everything else
  • 10. (No) Threads The rest of your app is single threaded Easy programming model but is not useful for all kinds of apps
  • 11. Your Webserver in 6 LOC var http = require('http'); http.createServer( function (req, res) { res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'}); res.end('Hello Worldn'); }).listen(8888, ""); console.log('Server running at'); Pretty simple, isn't it?
  • 12. Ever needed to poll for filechange? var fs = require('fs'); fs.watchFile(__filename, function() { console.log('I was changed!'); process.exit(0); });
  • 13. So what can I do with node.js node.js is great for all I/O centric tasks Nearly all network apps are I/O centric (web or application server, socket server and so on)
  • 14. node.js is good for... Web applications Streaming Unix tools (yeah, you can start your files with #!/usr/bin/node )
  • 15. Don't use it for... CPU intense apps with few I/O Apps that need huge memory (V8 has a 1.9G limit) Multiple cores need multiple processes (single threaded)
  • 16. Modules you will fall in love with Express Socket.IO Cradle (CouchDB module)
  • 17. There is room for improvement Tool support Debugging Error reporting Windows support (when you realy want a Windows server) XML support
  • 18. JavaScript Support Node JS contains CommonsJS EcmaScript5 Usable node API
  • 19. Integration Great support for NonSQL stores: CouchDB, Redis But you still can use your RDB -> modules for all major databases
  • 20. Resources You will need a good JavaScript understanding
  • 21. Gerhard Hipfinger openForce Information Technology GesmbH Dresdner Str. 108 / 3. Stock / Top 11 1200 Wien TEL +43 1 3191775 FAX +43 1 3191775-20