I have a pet project that is an online game, the entire game engine is written in C# and I would like to know if there is anyway I can call the functions of this existing assembly (.dll) from a solution built using Node.JS, Socket.IO, Express etc?
The game engine itself is pretty complete; tested and robust. I am hoping there is some neat way of exposing its functionality without too much overhead.
To answer my own question a little..
I have ended building my own web socket server (based on the most current web socket protocol document). It is written in C# and compiled using Mono so that it can be hosted on a Linux box running mono and therefore (with a few tweaks) I can use my existing game engine.
A project that does exactly what I was originally looking for now exists - http://tjanczuk.github.io/edge/#/
If all you want to do is spin up a lightweight HTTP server while still programming with C# and .Net you should give Kayak a chance. It is a lightweight HTTP Server for C# and behaves kind of like node.js in that sense.
If you are looking for a lightweight HTTP Server to handle web requests you have a couple alternatives today:
To my knowledge all the above work on some version of Mono, so you can still host them across both Windows and Unix based systems.