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Presentation: Getting Started with MongoDB and Node.js

The main point behind Grant Goodale’s presentation is that MongoDB and Node.js are great together:

  • both understand Javascript and JSON
  • both are fast

Alex Payne (ex-Twitter, BankSimple) has a very interesting post about Node.js:

If you look at who’s flocking to Node, it’s largely web developers who have been working in dynamic languages with what we could politely call limited performance characteristics. Adding Node to their architectures means that these developers have gone from having essentially no concurrency story and very constrained runtime performance to having some semi-sane concurrency story – one rigidly enforced by the Node framework – running on a virtual machine with comparatively respectable performance. They slice off a painful bit of their application that’s suited to asynchrony, rewrite it in Node, and move on.

That’s awesome. That kind of outcome definitely meets Node’s secondary stated goal of “less-than-expert programmers” being “able to develop fast systems”. However, it has very little to do with scaling in the larger, more widely-understood sense of the term.

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