The popularity of Node.js has been growing since its first release in 2009. This software development technology has been used by the biggest players in the business as it enables development teams to build fast, high-quality applications. Node.js offers a massive number of advantages and we at BrainForge IT know how to make them work in your favor. Let’s take a look at the reasons that should bring Node.js to your attention.
What is Node.js used for?
used to develop web applications. It is built on the famous JS V8 Engine of Google Chrome. Node.js is open-source and free. It’s widely used by thousands of developers all over the world because it brings numerous benefits, making it a much better choice than other server-side platforms like Java (relatively expensive to maintain) or PHP (considered to be a legacy now).
Node.js is quite easy to learn
for a front-end developer, thus, it quickly enables to become a full-stack developer. This runtime environment and library was introduced in 2009 and its latest iteration was released in 2021. It was designed due to much criticism around the limited possibilities offered by existing popular web servers and common coding methods. It was supposed to provide developers with the power to use JS for server-side scripting and unifying web app development around a single programming language.
with node js has become popular almost instantly. In 2018, the runtime crossed the 1-billion download threshold. The most popular companies that use Node.js are Netflix, Twitter, Spotify, eBay, and Reddit.
You should consider Node.js development service if you want to:
- Create an app that handles high traffic or intense video buffering.
- Develop an efficient single-page app.
- Build and deploy microservices.
- Build collaboration solutions with streaming capabilities.
Why choose Node.js?
Many features make Node.js, particularly well-suited for building both web and mobile scalable applications:
Node Package Manager
NPM (Node Package Manager) is a kind of online repository for publishing open-source Node.js projects. It’s a JS package manager that supports JS’s ability to test and deploy updates continuously. You don’t have to update the app completely – instead, you can just make small changes that improve the user experience. NPM is mostly used to publish, deploy, and develop programs and make the best of Node.js tools and packages with a convenient user interface. It assists with package installation, version management, and dependency management.
It's single-threaded which enables better performance
At the very beginning, Node.js application development became popular mainly because of the mechanics – as opposed to most runtime environments that utilize multi-threaded processing models, Node.js is single-threaded. It means that every request uses a single main thread utilizing event loops to run blocking Input/Output operations in a non-blocking way. This enables better performance and better scalability. Multiple concurrent clients can be handled without creating multiple threads which removes the performance cost of thread context switching. Also, you can avoid errors that arise from incorrect thread synchronization.
Real-time application performance
Very often, while developing applications it’s difficult to build low-latency live servers with open bidirectional connections due to the architecture. To achieve that, a lot of development effort and workload is required. In Node js app development, you don’t have to spend time fighting with discrepancies of encoding and modes. It offers a lot of space and freedom for doing things your own way in real time. You can build everything from scratch and tailor every detail. This also includes adding features from a fresh install with few restrictions. As Node.js uses a V8 engine, it’s fast and resource-efficient.
Caching is storing data in a high-speed storage layer so that future requests for such data can be fulfilled much faster than it’s possible through accessing its primary storage location. When it comes to software development, caching’s main objective is to improve the software’s response time by reusing previously retrieved or computed data. Node.js offers impressive caching performance which means the server load can be reduced to the minimum. Also, the software reliability is increased, and, on the other hand, network costs can be decreased because far less data is transferred to and from the content origin. Database performance is also improved. As the speed at which the app processes data is a major performance consideration when designing the architecture, Node js app development may be a good choice.
Multi-platform support library for asynchronous I/O
Of course, it’s Libuv for Node.js. Libuv is a C library that was written for Node.js to abstract non-blocking I/O operations. It is necessary to prevent wastage of system resources e.g. when a program is querying the database and the CPU sits idle until the query is processed. The library also includes a thread pool to distribute CPU loads. This enables blocking operations that cannot be done asynchronously at the OS level.
Reduce costs using JS writing fullstack apps
Before Node.js was developed, JS was only used for client-side development. For server-side development, developers had to use a different programming language. Now, an experienced Node js development team can write both front-end and back-end JS apps which makes the development process more efficient and much easier. Full-stack development services are more and more popular mainly because they enable high performance. Developers can create fully asynchronous apps by taking full advantage of non-blocking programming. Also, the web apps entirely written in JS provide a better user experience and quality. What is more, development efficiency is better which leads to cost reduction.
Easy to learn
JS is one of the most famous programming languages for front-end development. It is widely used by developers from all over the world. It is relatively easy to switch to using Node.js at the back end, then. As Node.js has no steep learning curve, it’s quite simple to grasp when you already know JS and object-oriented programming. Even if you are a JS junior developer, you don’t need much effort and time to learn Node.js and work with it. Most developers say that the most difficult thing is to catch up with the asynchronous flow.
What can you build with Node.js?
At BrainForge IT, we use Node.js for a wide variety of applications. This is what we can build for your business using Node.js:
- Chat applications processing real-time communication. They are easy to scale and Node.js makes it simple to build additional features.
- Data-streaming apps (thanks to Node.js’s native streaming API).
- Complex single-page applications.
- REST API-based apps.
- Browser games – this is possible thanks to Node.js’s tools that make it easier to manage the complexity of multiplayer games.
- Microservice architecture.
- and much more!
Our tech stack used in Node.js development
In our Node.js development projects, we rely on a powerful and efficient tech stack to deliver exceptional solutions. Here's a glimpse into our carefully curated tech stack that ensures robust and high-performance applications:
- Node.js: At the core of our tech stack, Node.js serves as the foundation for building scalable and fast applications.
- Express.js: Express.js is a lightweight and flexible web application framework for Node.js. It simplifies the development process by providing a robust set of features for routing, middleware support, and handling HTTP requests and responses. Its versatility allows us to build APIs, web applications, and server-side applications with ease.
- Nest.js: In our Node.js development projects, we also leverage the power of Nest.js, a progressive and versatile Node.js framework that enhances the architecture of our applications. Nest.js is built on top of Express.js, providing an additional layer of structure and organization to our codebase.
- MongoDB: As a NoSQL database, MongoDB perfectly complements Node.js applications. Its document-based data model offers high scalability and flexibility, making it suitable for handling complex data structures. With MongoDB, we can efficiently store and manage large amounts of data while maintaining seamless integration with Node.js.
While developing software, we adhere to Node.js coding rules and code review best practices. At any stage of the project, we control the code quality metrics like maintainability index, cyclomatic complexity, or depth of inheritance. To keep the maximum performance, we have implemented an effective CI/CD pipeline that integrates automation and continuous monitoring into the development lifecycle. Also, we use Husky to improve the commits, as well as Linter to automatically analyze the code to look for bugs and stylistic errors.
You’ve just found your Node js development company
Node.js is a remarkable piece of technology if you know how to use it. It’s both a mature platform and an innovative approach with a huge potential for further development. Using BrainForge IT’s expertise, you have a great opportunity to build a stunning application your users will love. Let’s estimate your project!
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