Consequently, your team is a lot more flexible, the development is less time-consuming and as a result you get fast and reliable software.
Despite a common belief, with full stack web development you are in no way limited to the traditional MEAN (MongoDB, Express.js, AngularJS, and Node.js) stack.
What is Node.js used for? When using a common language for both client- and server-side, synchronization happens fast, which is especially helpful for event-based, real-time applications.
Thanks to its asynchronous, non-blocking, single-threaded nature, Node.js is a popular choice for online gaming, chats, video conferences, or any solution that requires constantly updated data. The examples speak for themselves: many leading companies switched technologies to developed Node.js applications and noticed significant improvements – PayPal, for instance, noticed 35 percent decrease in response time since migrating from Java.
With the same language on both sides, you can reuse code on front-end and back-end by wrapping it into modules and creating a new level of abstraction.
Since it’s a lightweight technology tool, using Node.js for microservices architecture is a great choice. This architectural style is best described by Martin Fowler and James Lewis as “an approach to developing a single application as a suite of small services, each running in its own process and communicating with lightweight mechanisms, often an HTTP resource API.”
Accordingly, breaking the application logic into smaller modules, microservices, instead of creating a single, large monolithic core, you enable better flexibility and lay the groundwork for further growth. As a result, it is much easier to add more microservices on top of the existing ones than to integrate additional features with the basic app functionality.
The difference between the monolithic and microservices architecture
Node.js is the technology of choice when building and deploying microservices solutions, according to the recent Node.js User Survey Report. About a half of the respondents are already using microservice-related technologies (namely, Docker, the leading software containerization platform) to build Node.js web apps
With each microservice communicating with the database directly through streams, such architecture allows for better performance and speed of application. Namely, Walmart’s shift to microservices architecture with Node.js resulted in the following immediate benefits:
Another bright example of how Node.js can outperform the competition in terms of performance is the case of GoDaddy.
Running the SuperBowl ad campaign, the company was able to handle 10.000 requests per second without downtime, using only 10 percent of the hardware thanks to Node.js.
With such a vast variety of free tools accessible in a few clicks, there is a huge potential for the use of Node.js. At the same time, open source software enjoys a growing popularity as it allows you to build new solutions reducing the overall costs of development and time to market. The Future of Open Source Survey finds that 65 percent of respondents leverage such solutions to speed up the application development.
As mentioned above, the development of Node.js was supported by Joyent. In 2015, the Node.js Foundation was created to “enable widespread adoption and help accelerate development of Node.js.” IBM, Microsoft, PayPal, Fidelity and SAP became the founding members of the organization.
The list of organizations using Node.js in production is constantly growing. It currently includes almost three hundred well-known companies, such as PayPal, Medium, Trello, Uber and Zendesk.
Very few open source projects have ever enjoyed such strong support from the world’s leading companies. And that foretells Node.js has outstanding potential.
A progressive web app (PWA) is a website that looks and behaves as if it is a mobile app.
The process of joining different subsystems or components as one large system, ensuring that each integrated subsystem functions as required.
An SPA is a Web app that is presented to the user through a single HTML page to be more responsive and to more closely replicate a desktop application or a native app.