Someone needs to take jwz aside...
msergeant at messagelabs.com
Wed Jun 8 15:56:06 BST 2011
Hakim Cassimally wrote:
> respects, worse in others, than Perl), that's only one part of the
> anything much beyond jQuery) - what's your experience been like,
> working with Node and other libraries?
It's "ok". The standard library shipping with node is lacking in areas
(there's no flock(), there's no getopts parser, and a bunch of other
things), and right now it feels like it is stagnating while they get in
true Windows support, but I've been surprised by the breadth of things
available on npm (the equivalent of cpan).
> considered, and I'm not sure "it's faster!" would convince me on its
> own -- we all know there are faster languages than Perl. But... JS
> does have a significant advantages over, say, Perl->Haskell, as
OK let me put it another way than just "faster" - it's the fastest
option for dynamic languages (with the possible exception of Lua-JIT)
that has a sane (ALGOL-style) syntax, while still having a large user base.
My thinking behind Haraka is that a lot of web sites need a mail server
why not provide them with an option to do stuff in JS for email.
Also the other huge thing for me is I've been writing async code in Perl
now for years, and you always come across fighting with some library
because it's got a blocking API so either you can't use it, or you take
a risk and block the event loop while it runs (the same is true for
Twisted or the Ruby one). That just doesn't happen in Node - everything
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