What is Node JS:

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Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform, back-end JavaScript runtime environment that runs on the V8 engine and executes JavaScript code outside a web browser.
  • Node.js is an open source server environment
  • Node.js is free
  • Node.js uses JavaScript on the server
  • Node.js runs on various platforms (Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, etc.)
  • Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.

INSIGHTFUL NODE JS STATS:

  • Amazon, Netflix, eBay, Reddit, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and PayPal all use Node JS.
  • 43% of Node JS developers use it for enterprise applications and 85% use it primarily for web app development.
  • PayPal saw a 35% decrease in average response time on its page after deploying Node JS.
  • Not only that – Node JS can increase applications’ performance by 50%, but also it also reduces development cost by 58%.
  • No wonder it is the primary choice for start-ups.
  • With Node JS you can reduce the number of servers that are necessary to reach a client.
  • Node JS can help reduce the loading time by 50-60%.
  • Amazon Web Service is the primary environment for production-level Node JS.
  • Node JS is a part of the MEAN JS (or MEAN stack) programming bundle, which also includes MongoDB, Express JS, and Angular JS.
  • The Node JS market share is at 4.24%.
  • In 2018, Node JS was downloaded more than 360 million times, with an average of 1 million downloads per day.
  • 78% of all downloads of Node JS are for Linux, 17% Windows and 5% macOS.

NODE.JS IS BEST SUITABLE FOR

  • Real-time web applications
  • Streaming applications
  • Messaging apps
  • Chat programs
  • Social media apps
  • Virtual emulators
  • Multiplayer games
  • Collaboration tools
  • API
  • Cross platform
  • Multithreaded
  • Asynchronous and even driven
  • Fast code execution
  • Fast data streaming

WHY IS NODE.JS GREAT FOR STARTUPS?

  • Easy to learn
  • Keeping things simple
  • Faster time-to-market
  • Scalability
  • MVP development

THE DRAWBACKS OF NODE.JS

  • Application Programming Interface (API) is Not Stable
  • Does not have a Strong Library Support System

The Conclusion

The Node.js is more advantageous to the developers in comparison to its disadvantages. What’s more important is the fact that it has extended the area of JavaScript application and can be evidently used for both frontend as well as backend servers.
THE AUTHOR
Avinash Panchal
Head of Information Technology

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