Learning through Making – Getting Started with Node.js

Learning through Making (LTM) logoToday we are kicking off our LTM (Learning through Making) series of tutorials to delve into the amazing world of Node.js.  We’re going to do some fun projects along the way, but we first need to lay a foundation and get Node.js installed.

What is Node.js?

Node.js logoAs described on Wikipedia, “Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform runtime environment for developing server-side Web applications.” Node.js is awesome because it allows us to build a gamut of applications from highly scalable networked applications to console applications.  Node.js uses a single-threaded event loop model to process events in an event queue which helps it process high amounts of I/O.  This differs from say, the Apache web server, which uses a thread for each new connection and can thus not handle so many concurrent connections.  Node.js is based on JavaScript and is further positioning JavaScript as a universal language that every developer should know. Let’s be on a first name basis with “Node.js” and simply call it “Node” from here on out. Continue reading