It's Node for Me

For the last few days I've been thinking of jumping on the node.js bandwagon for my world building app. My reasoning is that I've been thinking about creating a rich web UI so that means using a lot of JavaScript.

node.js for those who don't know is a …


For the last few days I've been thinking of jumping on the node.js bandwagon for my world building app. My reasoning is that I've been thinking about creating a rich web UI so that means using a lot of JavaScript.

node.js for those who don't know is a framework for developing server side applications in JavaScript. It's exploded in popularity and with good reason: it's very fast and it allows developers to use the same language on the front and backend of a web application.

The problem for me is that I don't like JavaScript and never have. Still I decided to give it a go and while I liked how well it performed I ran into version issues using it with Ubuntu 14.04. That's not node's fault; it's a problem with Ubuntu not keeping its packages as current as a rolling release distro like ArchLinux.

Did I mention that I dislike JavaScript too!

I know I'm a stick in the mud, but I actually like PHP, and it's undergone a renaissance. it's ubiquitous, easy to deploy and it's a very flexible language.

I still like the idea of creating a web ui for my world building app but there's nothing wrong with coupling PHP to a JavaScript front end toolkit like jquery.

I've got some new ideas on how I want to develop and use my app and I'll share them in a later post.

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