Node Roundup

2010-10-20 00:00:00 +0100 by Alex R. Young

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Fab by Jed Schmidt is a toolkit for building asynchronous web applications on top of Node. It
looks like it was under heavy development, but the author says API
changes have started to calm down. There's a copiously commented demo

that explains the basics. Schmidt uses with in this example
to feign a more DSL-like API, which I suppose you don't have to do if
you don't like with.

Fab is interesting because it doesn't claim to be a replacement for
Sinatra, Rails, or Django. Instead it presents an API with concise
syntax combining routing, templates, and application logic. The way
Schmidt has written the demo looks Lisp-like on first blush. His demo
looks cosmetically different to most Node frameworks that I've seen, but
I suppose you could draw comparisons with Sinatra/Express/Compojure/etc.

Fab's name comes from 0xFAB which is 4011 in decimals --
the port number you might like to use for Fab apps.


I mentioned the jQuery Phono library yesterday, and coincidentally I
also discovered Nodaphone which uses Twilio to
allow phones to interact with a web app. The code is at DTrejo /
on GitHub.

The Noded

I've been talking to Micheil Smith on our
IRC channel (irc.freenode.net, #dailyjs) and he told me about a podcast
he's started with Mikeal Rogers called
The Noded. They're still working on finishing off the web site and podcast, but they both commit to Node and
are active in the community so it sounds like it's going to be worth
listening to (and I rarely say that about programming podcasts).

Follow @thenoded to get notified when the
podcast is available.

Node FFI

node-ffi by Rick Branson has been getting a lot of attention lately. It's a library for calling dynamic
libraries using pure JavaScript, so it allows binding to native
libraries without writing C++ code.

Branson says the library should be used with caution right now, but it's
definitely encouraging to see this is being seriously worked on.