Quick post this morning to tell reader that EngineYard is rolling out yet another language/framework for its PaaS, this time Node.js. Alongside this fact (and we’ve all grown pretty well accustomed to PaaS players adding new languages and frameworks on a weekly basis, EngineYard is introducing a “labs” feature that is essentially a program whereby customers can try out new features and capabilities – it’s an approach made popular by other cloud vendors – Google apps has its “lab” feature and in the PaaS space Heroku has a well-established add on program.

Key details of today’s news are as follows;


  • Engine Yard is enabling support for Node.js applications on Engine Yard Cloud as its first Engine Yard Labs release
  • Node.js is a popular event-driven framework written in JavaScript that is ideal for low-latency, real-time applications
  • JavaScript is the 9th most popular programming languages (Tiobe index, Nov 2011). The language has moved from #11 to #9 in the past year
  • Event-driven frameworks such as Node.js are ideal for highly interactive websites and will be particularly useful for companies building real-time, interactive applications

Engine Yard Labs

  • Engine Yard Labs is a new program that will let customers try out experimental new features and capabilities
  • This program will accelerate the pace of innovation by involving customers in the vetting of new ideas, incorporating feedback, and rapidly bringing the most promising features into Engine Yard products
  • Features released through Engine Yard Labs are not officially supported and may or may not become supported as part of Engine Yard products in the future
Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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