Node SmartMachines

August 26, 2010 - by joyentjames

In June of 2008 Reasonably Smart was launched - it was a server side JavaScript environment that let you develop your web application for a PaaS environment, and deploy that code using git.

It was the first service to take advantage of git in that way and although others have offered similar functionality since, Reasonably Smart became our SmartPlatform, and the pedigree has continued with our latest product, the Node SmartMachine.

With the Node Knockout coming we thought it would be a great idea to take a bunch of technologies we love -- Node.js, SmartMachines and Git -- and put them together in a way that makes developing & deploying node.js processes incredibly fast. You simply git-push your code to your Node SmartMachine's repository, and it gets deployed automatically -- just like it does with the SmartPlatform.

Just like the SmartPlatform, you can use git-submodules to include libraries in your code, but if that isn't enough, then you can still ssh into your SmartMachine and use NPM to install the latest and greatest packages for Node right from the shell.

For now we're providing trial access to the service for those of you participating in Node Knockout this weekend, but we're planning on making it available for wider adoption soon - we promise. In the meantime, we're going to sit back and see what great things come from Node KO!


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