; Date: Oct 5, 2011
In this talk, Ryan Dahl gives an expansive history of Node.js, not just the technological history but his personal history leading to developing Node.js. As a Mathematics PhD student in up-state New York, he had a "what the f**k am I doing" moment, dropped out of the program, and moved to Chile and ended up writing PHP websites. One thing led to another, and he became embroiled in the question of why Rails is so slow and doesn't scale well. And that led to the realizations leading to developing Node.js as a single threaded system relying on asynchronous code execution.