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Making the most of Node.js

7 reasons why it’s high time to invest in Node.js development

Poli Dey Bhavsar
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Planning to build a data-intensive real-time web app? Here’s why you should collaborate with a Node.js development company to realize your goal. These seven points explore the capabilities of Node.js and how it can help you increase productivity, enable data streaming, and much more.

Node.js, the JavaScript runtime environment, has gained a lot of momentum since its initial release in May 27, 2009 and it shows no sign of slowing down in 2020. By choosing to invest in Node.js development you would be joining the bandwagon of big brands like PayPal, Yahoo, eBay, Netflix.

Let’s take a look at some of the important reasons that have helped Node.js draw the attention of the development community and become one of the most sought-after backend technologies of today.

Reason #1: Increases productivity & efficiency

As Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment, it allows enterprises to get away with inter-silo dependencies. You can now merge the frontend and backend teams into a single team and enhance the efficiency of your web development processes.

Renowned brand PayPal has witnessed a significant increase in developer productivity by using Node.js. The online payment company has noticed that its developers have delivered a Node.js based application with double productivity in less time using half the number of people.

SEE ALSO: Speed, Speed, Speed: JavaScript vs C++ vs WebAssembly

Reason #2: Enables data streaming

While HTTP requests and responses are considered as isolated events in legacy web platforms, Node.js considers them as data streams.

It leverages these data streams to reduce overall processing time by processing files even while the upload is in progress.

As this feature supports real-time video or audio encoding, it makes sense why Netflix implemented Node.js for its site.

Reason #3: Gels well with microservices

One of the major trends in the software development for a couple of years, microservices goes well with Node.js framework. It plays a major role in supporting the serverless approach and thus demonstrates effectiveness in enterprise-grade projects.

Microservices offers a vast array of benefits in terms of performance, organization, debugging, etc. by dividing different aspects of your application into separate services.

Interested in using a microservice-based architecture? Embrace Node.js for your business as this JavaScript technology makes it easier for you to use microservices for your projects.

Reason #4: Wins with lightning speed

Node.js is written in JavaScript and powered by Google’s V8 engine, gets things done really fast – almost in the blink of an eye! And the best part is that it can increase the speed of any other framework as well.

This technology creates a single thread – the event loop meant for all the asynchronous input-output operations – rather than jumbling up with separate threads involving locking headache.

Reason #5: Serves as a proxy server

If your enterprise lacks professional proxy infrastructure, then Node.js can come to your rescue by serving as a proxy server!

Yes, this technology has effective features that can be employed to proxy for a server-side application performing a number of services with varying response times such as storing videos or images, collecting data from different resources.

Reason #6: Offers single codebase

By allowing developers to write JavaScript code both for frontend and backend, Node.js makes it easier to send data between the server and the client, thus facilitating instant data synchronization.

The data changes made on the server immediately reflect in the client as Meteor.js, a full stack web app framework built on top of Node.js executes the same codebase on both the server and the client. The web page thus updates itself automatically!

Also, Node.js contains Package Manager or NPM which includes a repository of more than 50,000 modules and helps developers easily share or reuse codes.

SEE ALSO: International JavaScript Conference – A Journey into Node.js Internals

Reason #7: Renders a good fit for IoT

Node.js allows you to implement microservices for the tracking and real-time features of geo-distributed systems.

Also, its real-time capabilities and data-centric approach makes this popular runtime environment a good fit for developing Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Wrapping up Node.js!

Node.js has emerged as one of the most popular JavaScript frameworks as its benefits are constantly growing with the support of its huge community.

With services from an adept Node.js development company, you can also make the most of the powerful features of this technology to realize your web development goals.

Already using Node.js? Please share your experience of working with this in-demand technology along with our readers by leaving your comments below.

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Poli Dey Bhavsar

Poli Dey Bhavsar is a Content Writer at Helios Solutions. She puts her passion for content to work by writing stories on the latest tech trends and advancements in IT.  When she is not hitting the keyboard, she is cooking delicacies, traveling and trying to unearth the meaning of life. @PoliDey


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Nice Blog. Thanks for Sharing it.

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Thanks for sharing such an informative blog.