The Secret to Quick Node Hacks is

to ignore security and do everything local.

I’m at the inaugural Amped event, and you could immediately guess people were going to be using Node, from the fact they were breathing. So I pointed them to my , which is indeed a total hack.

Basically, you can do any multi-user app with a server of 10-20 lines. All you do is broadcast each user’s actions. In fact, such a server would make a great open source project (but I’m otherwise occupied playing with PhoneGap and Android). Sure, Node makes servers easier, but for version 0.01, this is all you need. A video sync app would get messages like this:

{ user: "john", time: "103094401", action: "join" }
{ user: "sue", time: "103095491", action: "join" }
{ user: "john", time: "103095822", action: "takeControl" }
{ user: "john", time: "103096111", action: "play" }
{ user: "john", time: "103096483", action: "fastforward", data: { position: 2.12 } }
{ user: "sue", time: "103098111", action: "takeControl"}

This is trading off security for productivity. There’s ZERO security here, because (at least the way I implemented the video sync) any user can forge a request from any other user. But that’s the point: It’s a hackathon. Unless you’re at a security hackathon, security doesn’t matter a hoot. Nor does maintability, readability, or most other -ilities.

If I was doing this for a “real” project, I’d start the same way. I’d be wasting my employer’s/client’s time if I was spending it if I did it any other way, since 9 projects out of 10 (</blatantly made-up stat>) never get out of feasibility phase.

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