In this guide, you’ll learn:
What is Node JS and what is it used for?
What are the actual facts about Node JS (+ myths busted)?
Why Node JS is a solution for both startups and corporate organizations?
What are the best tools for developers?
How you can stay up to date with Node JS easily?
Facebook, Netflix, Uber, eBay – they all use Node JS. It seems like a proof of its efficiency, don’t you think?
But let’s investigate for ourselves. What is actually so great about Node Js development?
Want to dig deeper? Then read on.
What is Node JS?
Simply speaking, Node is a lightweight, fast, and modern way to execute code on your computer.
Node JS can be used especially for:
- chat applications
- streaming applications
- command-line applications
- browser games
- embedded systems
Let’s take a look at four commonly spread myths about Node Js and then… bust them.
- Node JS is a framework.
- It relies only on Chrome V8 engine.
- Multi-threads are not supported.
- It’s hard to work with Node JS for beginners.
- It’s an open source and cross-platform system that allows for building web apps.
- Node JS supports multi-threads, provides asynchronous and event-driven APIs.
Pros and cons of Node JS development
Pros of Node JS development:
- A runtime environment supports the caching of modules.
- Thanks to event-driven input/output (I/O) requests are handled better.
- Developers use the same code for server-side and client-side, what makes the deployment of web applications easier.
- NPM is the biggest package manager in the software world.
Cons of Node JS development:
- Inconsistently enhancing API.
- It’s not an optimal solution for tasks that are intensive on CPU.
- Opinions about the asynchronous approach are split.
Node JS is used by the biggest players:
Node JS allows for faster delivery and, that way, helps to test concepts. It does it by sharing model code and tests between the client and server, which leads to a significant efficiency for development team.
Plus, Node.js excels as a “framework” for applications that provide real-time experience or streaming (chats, transactions, reservations, advertising).
With Node JS it’s easier to make changes in the app. It happens smoother when the application model is based on Node.js’s event-driven model rather than a classic MVC.
Above reasons may seem more crucial for startups, but corporate organizations across the world are also choosing Node.js to build game-changing applications.
That list may be a little subjective – those are the tools our developers use and love. But for the ones who are starting with Node JS – let’s just make your lives easier.
Tools you (or your team) may want to try with Node JS:
- Mocha.js – test framework for asynchronous testing both in console and in the browser
- Chai – a TDD and BDD assertion framework which can be paired with any chosen testing framework
- Passport.js – an authentication middleware for Node JS.
- Socket.io – a framework that allows for bi-directional real-time communication, based on events.
- BlueBird.js – a library that helps you to control asynchronous code.
- PM2 – a process manager.
- Electrode.io – a platform for building universal React/Node JS applications with standardized structure and best practices baked in.
- Meteor.js – a framework for rapid prototyping and writing cross-platform code.
- Vue.js – seems a great alternative for Angular.js.
Node JS newsletters and resources not only allow developers to be up to date with changing trends and important topics, but also to learn something new.
Here is the list of the most interesting newsletters connected to Node.js development:
- Node.js Foundation Newsletter
- Node Weekly
- FrontEnd Focus
- WebTools Weekly
- Mobile Dev Weekly
- Gamedev.js Weekly
- Pony Foo Weekly Node JS Newsletter
If you want to learn more about top implementations of Node JS, proceed to the next chapter.
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