Please prepare yourself for a rapid-fire burst of Node news.
Node 0.3.5 Released
See the announcement for the full list of updates.
express-on-railway brings Rails-like features to Express. There’s a command line tool,
railway, for creating new projects with a very familiar layout. RESTful routes can be easily set up, and there’s a neat little model system based on Redis.
It seems like an ambitious project, and if you’re familiar with the style of Rails it should be pretty easy to pick up.
I saw drty mentioned on Ryan Dahl’s Twitter account: @ryah: This looks awesome…
I’ve been looking at NodeFu, a Node-oriented hosting platform. It’s npm-friendly and deploys with git (like Heroku and Joyent’s Node SmartMachines). It’s currently free to try out, just follow the instructions on the site: NodeFu REST API.
We do not currently have a full featured website as we are focusing on the API and the service. We are currently running Node v.0.3.5 and updating all NPM modules on a weekly basis. Git is required to push your updates to Nodefu. All we ask is that you be a good steward of our service and community.
maptail by George Stagas is a Node app that can plot IP address accesses on a map. There’s a demo at live.stagas.com. It has cool graphics, which is of course why I featured it, but it also seems to be handling Hacker News traffic very well.
Minotaur (MIT X11 License) by Tomi is a long poll server that uses JSONP for communication. It comes with a simple chat client/server example app. The Node dependencies are fairly minimal: node-uuid, and cookie-node. The client-side uses jQuery and jquery-jsonp.
If you’re interested in seeing how the client might poll, take a look at minitaur.js. The author has written a post about the project here: Tales of the minotaur or long polling with node.js.