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i would like to begin tinkering with Node.js but i am unsure of some "Real-World" situations where node.js would be considered the proper thing to be used. The last thing a developer wants is to learn a new technology and use it in-properly..

Can you provide real-world examples of where node.js would be used properly

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CoffeScript compiler. Meteor.js. If you just wanted a list, then the question is off topic. –  user16764 Jun 8 '12 at 16:29

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Web apps server side, that is, apps that handle lots of network traffic and optionally lots of disk traffic. Node.js's main strength is non-blocking io (network as well as disc).

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I can imagine NodeJS useful in making simple REST-like API's for heavy I/O data transfers (such as fetching data from databases, key-value stores, etc). –  Spoike Jun 8 '12 at 16:46

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