The rise of Node.js and why it will rule enterprise software development for at least a decade


The rise of Node.js and why it will rule enterprise software development for at least a decade

With the advent of Node.js in the realm of web development, there has been as increasing speculation about its superiority over other programming languages. Basically, Node.js is an open source server framework which runs on various platforms like Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac Os, etc. Node.js follows Google’s V8 engine to bring JavaScript to the server side.

The popularity of Node.js is simply astounding over the past few years. As per Stack Overflow survey, Node.js went from 8% (2013) to 26 % (2017). In the past few years, nearly 190,000 Node.js modules have been added by the developers. Some of the core reasons for Node.js adoption in enterprise environments are performance, agility, versatility, productivity etc.

The future of Node.js, 2018 is very scintillating. What are reasons that developers and CIOs can trust on Node.js? Let’s disinter the facts.

1.Increase productivity: Node.js is ideal for the companies which had web-facing infrastructures and mobile apps that needed to innovate speedily on the backend. So, adopting Node JS can significantly enhance the productivity as the applications are written in JavaScript. Thus, front-end web developers can quickly understand how and where they need to make changes in the application and in this way, they can save a lot of time.

2. Supports agile development: It is true that Node. Js supports agile development. With this technology, the app can be easily modified for new requirements without any hassle and effort. But on the other hand, other traditional technologies are unyielding and thus, it would be very difficult to introduce a new feature or an enhancement. The prime feature of the agile development is the app is developed in installments. The technology gives flexibility to developers. They can easily break the entire application into several groups as per requirements. So, if a change is needed in a particular group, that can easily be done without hampering the entire application.

3. Reduces development time and increases performance: Companies are choosing Node.js for large projects because it saves you from the pain of translating your code. If you use Node.js, then this will help you in reusing your templates. By reusing your templates, you can lessen the size of your app and also minimizes the number of bugs. Reusing the templates will certainly diminish your overall all development time and cost. And, in this way, it will also help you to increase your performance.

4. Node.js has an active community: Node.js community is very active and large. The developers are trying to evolve day by day by learning the new facets of this technology. JavaScript programmers are also giving their inputs and thus, you can find a chunk of ready solutions and codes in Github. Though the community members need to go extra mile before providing others with the best and trustworthy solutions, still the community is very vibrant and active.

5. Versatility: Node.js has become versatile for developers by increasing the possibilities of their computing environments. The versatility of Node.js is simply outstanding. You can use it to build super and high-level applications or you can go for nitty-gritty and can optimize a tiny part of your application. Node.js developers can comfortably write server-side web apps in JavaScript or even they can write any variations of it.

6. Node.js is the leader in the enterprise-grade open source: The growth and popularity of Node.js are developing at a rapid pace. Node.js is an open-source, cross-stage JavaScrip run-time environment for building up new applications. Though Node.js is not a JavaScript framework, its modules are composed in JavaScript and you have the option to write new modules in JavaScript. Node.js has become the leader because Node.js companies are using this open source stage to provide better results to the clients. Written in C++ and developed on v8 JavaScript, this programming language has changed the definition of front-end development.

7. Node.js modules: Node.js comes with an array of built-in modules which you can use without any installation. Below, we are mentioning node.js modules.

  • Assert( gives a set of assertion tests)
  • Buffer (handle binary data)
  • Child-process (run a child process successfully)
  • Cluster ( divide or split a single node process into numerous process)
  • Events (handle events)
  • http ( This helps Node.js to act as an HTTP server)
  • https (This helps Node.js to act as an HTTPS server)
  • Domain (handle unhandled error)
  • Fs (handle file systems)
  • Net ( create servers and clients)
  • Path (to define path files)
  • Stream (handle streaming data properly)
  • Url (to parse URL strings)
  • V8 (access all the required information about V8, the JavaScript engine)


8. Node.js supports over REST, GraphQL and WebSocket servers: REST is an architectural style which is used for designing network applications. Node.js is applauded because it can quench the demand for building apps with APIs that can connect to the backend and handle large and intricate data volumes efficiently. Indeed the focus on reusable RESTful APIs, as the most flexible way to architect large-scale software systems, has helped Node.js to become so popular among the developers.

GraphQL is a query language which is developed by Facebook. This provides a common interface between the server and the clients for data manipulation and fetching. Node.js supports GraphQL.

Node.js is an outstanding product and it is ideal for single-purpose web servers. WebSocket’s demands it’s own backend application to communicate with the server side. And, thus, you need to write single-purpose server and for this purpose, nothing is better than Node.js.

9. Event-driven and non-blocking I/O model: Node.js is a framework which uses an event-driven and non-blocking I/O model which makes it ideal for making real-time applications. The non-blocking I/O model makes an easy access to slow resources in a scalable way which is intuitive to JavaScript developers. Moreover, it makes easy to learn for everyone.

10. JSON: Node.js enterprise framework has become a leading platform for creating a fully scalable application within a minimal time. With Node.js, you can choose JSON files to store your data. Because JSON files are less cluttered and you can easily read them. You can collaborate JSON files with Node.js to ensure that all the required information can be easily accessed by the users. JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) has become a web standard and followed by most of the web developers.

11. Interpreted language: Code that is used by Node.js is simple JavaScript and this is not compiled rather it’s an interpreted language. The actual code gets compiled by the engine so that your machine can understand it.

These are some reasons for the rising popularity of Node.js among the enterprises.

The future of Node.js

By seeing the increasing popularity of Node.js, even the most orthodox parts of the enterprise IT community have agreed that Node.js is quickly maturing and is ready for enterprise framework. It possesses a stable core, with backward compatibility that is maintained across most of the versions, and the ability to run real solutions in production for the large companies.

Though Node.js can’t replace other programming languages, it has already established its place as one of the tools for enterprise software development. This tool will certainly rule for at least a decade. Node.js has shown some interesting promises in the field of Internet of Things implementations. So, it can be concluded that the future of Node.js is very bright and dazzling and it will go to stay longer in the realm of IT.

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