Node.js – as good as it gets

Continuing to explore the tech side of IT product development, today let’s talk about another indispensable tool in the arsenal of any coding team nowadays – Node.js. As always, the definitions come first. So…

Actually, this is where things start to get a little wired with Node.js. A powerful software development solution, this JavaScript-based (as its name suggests) tool is neither an individual coding language, nor can it be classified as a web framework given the broad specter of programming functionalities it provides.

So, what exactly is Node.js?

Strictly speaking, it is a cross-platform runtime environment for executing JavaScript code outside of a web browser. Node.js is used to unify all aspects of web development around JavaScript to avoid using multiple languages for different tasks on the client (frontend) and server (backend) sides of an application.

That’s probably the simplest Node.js definition you can get.

Created back in 2009, the tool has gained a ton of popularity among web developers, especially in the last couple of years. When we say popularity, it means that big names like LinkedIn, Netflix, PayPal, Walmart, and Yahoo!, as well as software giants like Microsoft and IBM (and many others) have incorporated Node.js into their software products.

What makes Node.js stand out is that:

– It is easy to learn and work with the dev team.

– Apps built with Node.js are highly and easily scalable.

– It can be used a single programming “language” across the entire project.

– It represents a full-stack JavaScript web development solution.

– Node.js apps offer unparalleled performance.

– It has a huge user community.

– It is perfect for building Minimum Viable Products.

Naturally, there always a bit of good in the bad and vice-versa, and Node.js is not an exclusion from this rule. Some of the drawbacks to the technology include a degree of API instability and imperfect library support. But hey – nothing is perfect, and most other technologies come with far greater issues. Moreover, Node.js updates are released quite frequently (last one as recent as 6 days) and these things are getting addressed, so we can’t really complain.

All of this makes Node.js a perfect tool in the tech stack of any IT project these days, with far more strengths than weaknesses. Want to know more about Node.js and how it fits in with your future project? Let us know and quality.code experts will reach back to you!