NodeSocket to launch hosting for Node.js apps

NodeSocket, a new hosting platform and community for Node.js, will begin opening its doors to developers on September 1. Node.js is currently one of the trendiest technologies in the start-up world.

While several Node hosting platforms already exist, including one offering from Rail-centric powerhouse Heroku, NodeSocket creator Justin Keller told VentureBeat that his service offers something unique.

“We are taking a slightly different approach than say Heroku or Nodester in that we provide complete virtual private servers instead of an abstracted solution,” Keller said.

“The power of providing VPS servers with root access is users have full control of their hosting environment. This control allows them to do things not possible with shared Node.js hosting solutions like compile modules, install additional services and web socket support. Beyond VPS servers, our core mantra is providing awesome tools for developers to make their lives easier. The real core and innovation in our Node.js platform is the software stack running inside of each VPS server.”

Interested developers can request an invite to the beta now; access will be given to batches of applicants through September and October. Using NodeSocket during its beta period will be free and developers are being asked to give feedback and do everything they can to “break” the platform. NodeSocket has not announced pricing or a launch date for the public version yet.

Node.js is a young technology that didn’t really blow up until October 2010. Still, the NodeSocket founder thinks Node is highly competitive. “Just look at the explosion of the language and adoption in the last year. With [Node.js creator] Ryan [Dahl] and the team working on Node.js on Windows as a executable, that is going to open the language to another huge market of developers as well.”

Part of the reason Keller—and every other developer working on tools for Node.js—is banking so heavily on this technology’s success is because of Node’s basis in JavaScript. “JavaScript is sort of that quirky uncle everybody has,” he told VentureBeat. “It’s a bit different and weird in a lot of ways, but intelligent and respected. There is a paradigm shift in programming happening and JavaScript is at the core. JS is owning not only the client side, but now the server side as well.”

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