The sign of a vibrant open source community has always been its diverse points of view and the innovations that spring up as a result. Node continues to win over independent developers and large organizations every day, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible while also validating it in production. At StrongLoop, our commitment to the Node community and our customers is to deliver enterprise grade solutions in Node core, modules, tooling and associated frameworks like LoopBack and Express.
As it has been widely reported, last week a fork of Node went live called io.js. Io.js represents a technical exploration by key developers in the Node core community with the intent to accelerate the release of recent technical innovations, many of which were developed by StrongLoop developers.
At StrongLoop, we’ve always participated in leadership, advisory and technical efforts in the Node ecosystem when appropriate and will continue to do so. We actively play a role in the Node Advisory Board established by Joyent in October 2014. As previously stated, we are expecting the creation of this board and our participation in it, to be a first step on the road to an open governance model, administered by an independent foundation.
In a community as diverse as Node, given enough time and divergent interests, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a version like io.js would emerge. It is too early to tell if the Node community, the ecosystem of vendors and corporate users will back this alternative version of Node. We will continue to recommend the version that currently has the best community support, is most compatible with the tools and frameworks we develop and that we can support for our customers. Of course, our preference over time is to support a version that satisfies these requirements and adheres to an open governance model. For now, the Node binaries available on nodejs.org is the version we are recommending to our community and customers.
At StrongLoop we don’t just build products for Node, we also help create it. StrongLoop has made significant contributions to the upcoming Node v0.12 release, maintains almost 100 open source modules and sponsors the LoopBack and Express frameworks.
For organizations looking to leverage Node to develop APIs, we offer a variety of tools including visual API composition, mobile services like push and offline sync plus profiling and performance monitoring dashboards.