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    Node.JS

    While I was doing some research on Ruby + Rails, I cam across Node.Js. I have seen people bring it up before but I have never understood it. From some of the blogs I have been reading, they say it allows you to use javascript as the server-side language.

    Is Node.JS meant to replace PHP or Ruby for the server-side language?

    Does anyone here use it? If so, what are its advantages over another server-side language?

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    I research this several months ago. I thought I might use it. It is not the same as PHP. This is my take on it. Basically you can create a specialized web server using it. It uses Google's Javascript engine. It runs in a single thread and is non-blocking. It can handle a lot of transactions. Everyone gives a chat app as an example. I was planning to try it to do a database app but I need to connect to an ODBC db and no one has written a module to support that. I bought a book on it - WROX Professional Node.js. I read some of it. I setup Visual Studio Express for Web to develop Node.js. I did a small program in it. Webmatrix also supports Node.js. I'll try to do more next year.

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