I see from Matt Baxter-Reynolds that node.js has been released for Microsoft’s IIS. I’ve had an occassional glance at node.js as I liked the thinking behind it, but I’m going to take a more serious look.
Microsoft are a very good software tool development company, but they don’t pick up on things until they’re reasonably sure that they’re going to be around for a while. They’re a few steps behind the open source/Linux world, only picking up things like MVC and jQuery once it appeared that they weren’t going way. So, their backing of node.js is an important sign that it’s not some flash-in-the-pan, but here to stay.
I’d really like to find some numbers on how much programmers cost compared to CPU cycles over time. If a programmer is scouring for answers to a problem rather than getting an answer on StackOverflow within a few minutes, how much does that cost a business? That’s not to say that sometimes performance isn’t worth spending money on. If you’re running Google or eBay, then using tools for better performance at the cost of programmer time is probably really worth it, but for most people having reliable and fast tools for development is a much bigger thing than the performance of the software.