Why NodeJS is Popular Amongst Developers and What Trends NodeJS has Brought

by Gary Ferguson Technical Writer | Blogger
Many established companies and startup enterprises, most often employ javascript in front end development of a website or a web application. The issue here arises that developers either had to learn two different languages to work both on frontend and backend or else the companies had to have two separate developers working in both areas. This issue is what NodeJS exactly resolves. NodeJS isn't particularly limited to server-side scripting. Using the same, developers can now develop frontend and backend with the use of just one programming language ie. Javascript. Also to mention, NodeJS is a cross-platform runtime environment built on V8 Engine developed by Google keeping in mind the performance aspect.

This led to the popularity of the NodeJS development and NodeJS development companies as well.

What makes NodeJS popular?

One language for frontend and backend, making it easy for the developers to work in both areas at the same time and not worry about the difference in the language being used.

NodeJS is an event-driven framework, making it an ideal choice for in case of high traffic and constant event-based data fetching web application or website. Ex: Netflix, PayPal.

These two reasons are what pushed the popularity of the framework and with big brands like Netflix and Paypal adopting NodeJS has led to other companies looking into the same and explore its potentialities of the same. At present, there are nearly 189606 websites that are powered by NodeJS.

What are the use cases for NodeJS?

Data Streaming: The "Stream" functionality of the NodeJS allows us to read data from a given source or write data to a particular destination in a continuous manner. This imparts to the ability of it being an event-driven framework. Developers can take advantage of the same in the case of requirement for real-time audio and video encoding.

Real-Time Applications: As mentioned earlier, NodeJS is an event-driven framework. This ability comes in handy especially in the case of building a website or web application that has multiple users ie. chat or gaming app. Owing to its unified structure and common programming language being used at the front and backend, the event process is synchronized.

Future scalability: If your company or startup is set to grow in the future and will be needing to add on more features, NodeJS can easily handle this. Developers need to modules to an existing codebase, as the entire code is broken down into different modules making scaling vertically or horizontally easy.

Act as Proxy Server: For lending the ability to drive real-time events, NodeJS can collect and run data from different sources at the same time together. To interact with 3rd party source proxies are used, so if your infrastructure misses proxy servers, NodeJS itself can act as one to

Serve as Single codebase: With the use of a single programming language ie. Javascript the developers can have a single codebase to work with backend and frontend. This reduces the development time and efforts that developers have to put in.

With these abilities and advantages, let's take a look at the trends that NodeJS has kicked up for 2020 :

Use of serverless Architecture: NodeJS being a cross-platform framework, you don't need to worry about which server to choose for. In 2020 the serverless architecture is garnering a lot of attention due to eliminated dependency for servers and additional servers. This type of architecture dynamically allocates cloud server space according to needs. NodeJS being an event-driven framework perfectly fits into this type of architecture.

Real-Time Applications: Applications where multiple users are interacting and there a continuous data request and processing going on parallel with each other. This type of load is easily handled by NodeJS and with the use of TCP protocols and APIs, avoids the risk of server overloading.

Support for IoT devices: NodeJS is an event-driven framework and provides an excellent runtime environment for IoT devices. As IoT relies highly on processing realtime data and provides instant response to a particular event, NodeJS fulfills these requirements quite effortlessly.

Building Cloud-Native Apps: With the support of serverless architecture NodeJS reduces the dependency on the hardware. Again makes it an excellent framework for building cloud-based applications with minimal hardware requirement.

NodeJS+GraphQL: Serving as an effective alternative to REST API, GraphQL along with NodeJS can provide a great amount of performance with the ability to work concurrently on multiple platforms and data sources.

Powering MEAN and MERN stacks: MEAN and MERN are the most powerful open-source technology stack available for the developers. Using this the developers can an application having any scale of complexities at frontend and at same time help at the backend as well. An excellent example of this is Netflix that uses MERN Stack to aid in smooth operations and web development process.

In conclusion, NodeJS developement services is an cost-effective method for website development for any company as it eliminates the need for having two separate developers working on front and backend. Also for developers, it aids in development as it doesn't require them to use two separate languages at both ends. All in all a perfect framework that's scalable, stable, and reliable for the web app development domain.

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