Joyent Gives Money To Get Devs To Use Node.js
Friday, 06 February 2015

A short while ago Node.js was forked by a large group of its contributors who were unhappy with the way that Joyent was managing the project. While it was said to be a friendly fork, tensions mount. 

The io.js project is a fork of Node.js that is adding more advanced features at a rapid pace. It is a fairly easy thing to switch from Node.js to io.js and it seems that a lot of people are doing so. This leaves Joyent with something of a problem because, while the people at io.js are expressing the desire that some day in the future they hope to return to Node.js with their improved code, this is less likely to happen if the project is successful.




Now Joyent has set up the Node.js Incubator Program with the idea of attracting companies and individuals to use Node.js. Given the way Node.js seems to be taking over the world, this might seem slightly unnecessary and a bit of a waste of effort on Joyent's part.

It is slightly more subtle, however, in that Joyent wants Node.js users to base their projects on its cloud hardware. 

"Because we believe the Joyent Cloud is the best place to run Node.js, we’re putting our money where our mouth is and launching the Node.js Incubator Program."




What you get if you join the year long program is: 

  • Up to $25,000 in Joyent Cloud hosting credits

  • Custom half-day kickoff & training session with Joyent Node.js experts

  • Co-marketing opportunities for your Node.js application

  • Eligibility for Joyent’s Node.js Innovator of the Year Award

  • Networking & idea sharing with fellow incubator members

To be accepted you have to supply details of your project and not everyone who applies will be accepted. The submission form is very short and doesn't really provide much space to impress. 

So if you have a really great idea, do it using Node.js and not io.js if you want to get help from Joyent. 

The successful applicants will be announced some time after the Node Summit starting on 10th Febuary. 




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