In this rant he didn't say Node.js was the solution, or better than any of these crappy abstractions.
Don't assume that. He might not say he doesn't like node.js, but it doesn't mean he is happy with it.
But I do feel that node.js is Rayn's attempt to enlighten me and hopeful others. He doesn't try to hide everything like ports and the underlying c code. Its all there, and best of all in a language that is familiar(at least for web developers).
If you want people to get the performance benefits from using non-blocking libraries, you care.
But there's no jQuery, etc. It's a somewhat nicer way to work with Java since you aren't forced into I-don't-care-about-it-exception-catching hell and Map<Map<Map<...>>> madness, but compared to Jython or Clojure it doesn't match up. You can get a headless jQuery working with Rhino, though it's not as simple as it should be.
It's a decent language, though. Here's a comparison of JS to Ruby for some of the stuff people generally love Ruby for. JS comes out looking pretty decent.
None of that is true for JS. I don't think Crockford thought his remark through.
1. Modern (JS) runtimes have JITs that can generate code
almost as fast as C++.
2. You can write purely functional code in JS.
3. JS has arguably less features than R5RS Scheme, which
itself is hard to fit on half a page.