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Jem explains that servers can have different forms as long as they can take requests, and instructs the students to build a simple server using VIM through their terminal.

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>> Jem Young: I wanna talk about server. What does a server do? But give you a hint. It's in the name. Not Sam. Anybody else? Yes.
>> Speaker 2: [INAUDIBLE]
>> Jem Young: Yes, that's exactly right. It serves content. That is what a server does. Yes, I would answer it a little bit differently.

[00:00:22] I'd say it responds to requests. Yes, that's also what a server does. Though you can argue the definition of responses is a form of content. But yours is probably a bit more encompassing, which is good, but it serves files. Like that's usually what you want a server to do.

[00:00:38] It serves something back. If a server just let's say I pinged it and didn't do anything. What's the point of the server? They're like, for all intents and purposes, it doesn't exist to my needs. But a server is also just a really, really powerful computer, or any computer at all can be a server.

[00:00:53] Your laptop can be a server. In fact, if you do any sort of local development, it is a server. So when we think servers, we often think giant server racks and data farms and all these things. But my phone can be a server, anything can be a server, as long as it responds to a request and serving content, it's a server.

[00:01:11] So let's make a server, because a server is what we're gonna be doing today primarily. Yeah, let's make a server. So back to vim. So make sure you're in, this is some temporary folder we have write permissions. If you can write last item, switch folders, or create a new one.

[00:01:26] So just say vi simpleServer.js or whatever you want to call it.
>> Jem Young: And we're gonna write a bare bones HP server. I'm assuming you have Node installed, if not MPM install dash. Actually just install Node, but 99% of people have Node installed in their computer already. You're in Frontend Masters.

[00:01:56] If not just google how to install Node and do that real quick. Or if using Python we can do it in Python as well. Python is actually even easier to start a server. It's like python dash m to start a server. But go ahead and fire that up.

[00:02:09] And I'm going to do the same thing.