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Engine Yard offering Node.js cloud hosting on the Engine Yard Cloud

Platform as a Service provider Engine Yard is now offering Node.js on the Engine Yard Cloud.  Readers of this blog already know, Node.js is a JavaScript based software development platform that runs in server environments.  The Engine Yard Cloud is a highly configurable system allowing deployment of Ruby on Rails, PHP and now Node.js applications.  The company claims its system "is optimized for building applications that scale to meet the requirements of startups to large enterprises".

Could companies who pay bloggers for positive posts be forced to reveal who they're paying?

Do you get paid to blog on given topics? You may be forced to reveal such arrangements. The judge hearing the Google/Oracle case has ordered the two companies to reveal the names of reporters, bloggers and other commentators they have paid. This demand comes following the intellectual property lawsuit between Google and Oracle over Android and whether that operating system infringed on Java.


Method to load a Node.js site using nginx per the gist below. The blog post contains a full walk-through of the configuration. The config proxies the HTTP traffic from the Node processes, directly handles static files so that Express doesn't have to do it, uses the nginx built-in caching, and turns on gzip. All this could be done in Node/Express, but is going to be more efficient to let Nginx do it.

On implementing a memcached clone in Node.js

Have a hankering to implement one of the standard daemons, like memcached, in Node.js?  Here's an example of implementing memcached with Node.js available on github at  See this discussion thread for more:-!topic/nodejs/gqZZmMf3W5M

One suggestion from the discussion thread is to add --nouse-idle-notification to the invocation.

Joyent Relaunches Node.js Service, Announces Cloud Analytics

Cloud hosting provider Joyent re-launched its Node.js hosting service this week. Joyent, the sponsor company of Node.js, is now offering versions 0.4.0 and 0.4.1 to users. It also announced Cloud Analytics, a new service for finding problems with Node.js applications.

GObject Introspection and Node.js

Examples of using Node.js code to work with GNOME Objects and GNOME user interfaces.


Shows how to use clean-css, a Node package that is a nice and very simple utility for minifying and concatenating CSS files.

Like Unix Expect: Automate Command Line Programs in Node.js with Suppose

Goes over the 'suppose' module for Node.js which implements functionality similar to the venerable 'expect' command. Expect is widely used for software testing, and for automating command line tools which aren't terribly compatible with shell scripts.

How to connect a Google+ Page with a Blogger blog to extend your blogs branding into Google+

The "Google Plusification" of all of Google is proceeding slowly, and it seems likely that eventually Google+ will be a part of every Google property.  Google Blogger just added a new Google+ integration that's interesting, that gives you an option to associate a Google+ Page with your blog rather than associating it with your personal Google+ Profile.  You'd want to do this to help with better branding of your blog, and to separate your personal Google+ activities from the activities associated with your blog.

On depositing a paper check, using an iPhone, to a virtual bank, over the Internet

We're entering a brave new world, and I just experienced a piece of that world.  It's this high tech nirvana thing that will supposedly be all wonderful and gooey.  For over 10 years I've been using a "virtual bank" as my primary bank, specifically ING Direct.  They offer excellent services and a high interest rate on all accounts.  One aspect of this bank is it has no branches, and does not own a network of ATM's.  That's more or less okay except for those times when someone does something as quaint as handing me a paper check.  Haven't they heard of paypal?


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