I'll work in my research with 'late distribution'. This is a term adopted by me rs. It means that I need to split the code to work in multiple clouds. For example, the 'module' topics would be deployed in Amazon EC2 to use the load balance and the rest of nodebb code in GAE, implementing some communication between the code on the EC2 and GAE. Some ideas?
In the post, I talk about my workflow and wonder what other workflows people are using for there NodeBB development. NodeBB definitely presented it's own challenges, different from other Node.js projects I've worked on.
Something that interested me when I first started hacking on NodeBB was how the platform uses realtime communication through socket.io (and websockets). This interest stems from work I did whilst working as a realtime engineer at Pusher several years ago. One of my research projects whilst there was to look into how websockets get used in production, and other use cases for websockets besides the standard "subscribe to a channel and receive events".
How NodeBB currently seems to use realtime communication:
RPC: Request data from the server, get a response back, present that data to the user (or send data to a server like you would POST to a HTTP server)
Channels: Used for user to user chat messages
Events: Used for online/offline states of users.
I may have missed something here, so, let me know if I have.
Most of the websocket usage appears to be in RPC style messages: Get this piece of data do something with it. At present, all realtime communication for NodeBB is built on top of Socket.io, which uses a protocol more tailored for event type packets, rather than for RPC style packets. For this, something like JSON RPC may be more appropriate.
For user-to-user chat messaging you could still multiplex that onto the same actual websocket / socket.io connection (although it's arguable if this is actually beneficial).
Why do any of this writing or work? Interest more than anything else, but it may make the code to NodeBB cleaner, and improve maintainability.