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> Right now, I'm working on an implementation where Node.js is receiving calls via websockets and handing that off to PHP-FPM via FastCGI for processing. A hybrid system like that has advantages of both the event model and the thread model. <

That sounds pretty cool. Personally, I was blown away what difference Nginx<->PHP-FPM makes compared to the old Apache way of doing things. Nginx is an absurdly fast evented web server as well. It would be very interesting to bring this kind of thing to Node.js because it would allow for some awesome customization which just isn't possible with Nginx.

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