Facts to Know before Starting Web and Mobile App Development with Node.js

Posted on January 30, 2019 By Vishal Virani

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With Node.js taking over the world of programming and development, you must be wondering, why most big companies are going for Node.js development for offering flawless services to their customers?

Technology is changing every minute. People want a robust solution for increased productivity and improved performance. They wish to overcome the real-time challenges. And who wouldn’t like opting a technology which provides all these things under one platform? As soon as Node.js was made available, people went crazy for it. A large number of developers shifted to Node.js leaving other technologies behind.

So, what actually is Node.js? Let me share a few facts about Node.js with you.

Originally, Node.js is a server engine which can be edited and adjusted. It will work only after being set up. The requests are processed as an event loop. So, Node.js is essentially a runtime. It is a part of the JavaScript ecosystem which is great for app development. It can be manipulated easily along with other JS tools, UI’s and connectors. Node and JavaScript allow creating simple web servers with just a little coding.

But, there are a few myths associated with Node.js.

» Node.js is a framework
» Relies on Chrome V8 engine only
» It does not support multi-threads
» Beginner developers can’t work with Node.

The reality, however, is actually very much different. Here are a few points which will make you aware of Node.js.

» Node.js is free, open-sourced and made easily available to all the developers.

» It is cross-platformed and runs on Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, etc.

» It uses Javascript on the server :

» Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model. It is perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices and is well organized.

» It follows isomorphism

What can Node.js do?

» Node.js makes it possible to create web servers and networking tools using Javascript and collection of modules which handle various functionalities.

» Node.js modules use API which is designed to reduce the complexity of writing server application.

» Node.js is used to build network programs like Web servers.

» Node.js can collect form data.

» Node.js can add, delete, modify data in your database

» Using Node.js saves the waiting time in between the instructions.

Why should you choose Node.js?

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Every technology has its own pros and cons. But, one thing that distinguishes Node.js is that it was developed for applications at scale. Modern tools and exquisite way of handling complex applications makes Node.js stand out.

Scalability:

As Node.js is built upon Google V8 and written in C++, it is used in multiple operating systems and is super fast. V8 and Node are updated frequently with performance optimization, security, and support for modern JavaScript features.

The architecture of Node is single-threaded and event-driven which allows it to handle multiple connections simultaneously and efficiently. Node operates on a single thread making the use of event loops and callbacks for I/O operations, delegating tasks such as database operations as soon as possible. This allows it to handle up to a million concurrent connections.

Node also has the scalability from the get-go with powerful features such as the cluster module enabling load balancing over multiple CPU cores.

Known for offering high performance

As mentioned earlier, Node.js interprets the JavaScript code vis Google’s V8 JavaScript engine. This engine compiles the JavaScript code directly into the machine code. This makes it easier and faster to implement the code in effective manner. The speed of the code execution is enhanced by runtime environment as it supports the non-blocking I/O operations.

npm Enterprise

The Node Package Manager, allows programmers to install, update, and use smaller open-source software packages (modules), which means they don’t have to write common features from scratch and can avoid new layers of complexities.

As big organizations do not want to store their data in cloud, npm Enterprise allows you to run its infrastructure behind company’s firewall. It gives businesses an access to private register with advanced security features which can help them identify the vulnerabilities and change the unsafe code.

Long Term Support

Every major release of Node.js is actively maintained for 18 months from the date it enters LTS. Later, it will transition to maintenance mode lasting another 12 months. During this time there are no new features introduced in the version. But all bug fixes or security updates are done. It is a big step forward for complex enterprise applications.

Apart from these, Node. js is helpful in building cross-functional teams and is highly extensible.

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