Node.js overview

The gist of Node.js.

  • Server-side JavaScript – runs the server and serves the content
  • Uses V8 Engine that powers Google Chrome
  • light-weight – not really a full web framework
  • Single-threaded
  • Designed for asynchronous processing (event-driven callbacks)
  • Great for IO-bound operations (database, file ops), bad for CPU-bound operations
  • Scaleable to large numbers of connections

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