Node.js is an event-based, asynchronous I/O framework that uses Google's V8 JavaScript engine. It is commonly used for heavy client-server JavaScript applications.

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Reasons for putting an application platform behind a web server

Application platforms like Node.js and Tomcat can bind to port 80 and serve external requests directly. Alternatively, these application platforms bind to a local port (like Tomcat's 8080) that is ...