Since we switched strategies and have begun focusing almost exclusively on
have made great strides and major headway towards full API compatibility. This
approach was discussed briefly by Bob McWhirter in
our inaugural post. The details of this change are worthy of more explanation,
but I will save that for another day, and just examine what this change means
for the overall plans through the rest of this year.
While we are aware of other efforts such as Avatar.js, our goal is to become the defacto Node.js runtime on the JVM. As part of this effort we intend to accomplish the following.
- Provide full Node.js API compatibility
- Integrate with existing Java technologies and publishing these technologies as NPM modules
- Work with NPM maintainers to determine the best way to include Java-based NPM modules in NPM repositories
- Integrate with existing Java servers such as Vert.x and Wildfly
- Ensure that the user workflow can be similar if not identical to native Node.js development
At the moment, we have not nailed down any specific dates other than a goal of having an initial release by the end of 2014. The current known GitHub issues are now organized into two milestones on GitHub.
- Generate http://nodyn.io using harp npm module via nodyn
- Create example apps using the connect.js framework
- Create example apps using the express.js framework
Accomplishing these three simple goals will ensure that we have broad coverage of the Node.js API for both networking and file system operations. While we know this will not ensure complete coverage, it will take us a long way towards that goal.
- In addition to running basic express.js applications, nodyn should be capable of hosting the Ghost blogging platform.
- Expand the universe of framework examples:
- Build nodyn in the context of the existing joyent/node.git repository structure
- Publish NPM modules for Vert.x event bus usage
- Publish Vert.x modules so that nodyn can run inside of Vert.x
Is there anything you would like to see on our roadmap that is not here? Are there other NPM modules that we should ensure work on Nodyn? If you are a Java developer, what Java technologies would you like to integrate with? We are here to help. Leave your comments here, or join us in #nodyn on freenode.