Why Backend MattersBackend technology is one of the most important decisions a developer will make when planning software. It lays the groundwork for the entire development process, dictating how fast a team can get the software to market and the overall cost involved. The impact on price stretches into the lifetime of the software, too, as a poorly designed backend leads to higher maintenance costs down the road. Backend architecture determines the overall performance of software after launch. Speed, reliability, and scalability are all affected by the backend technology chosen during development. Programming language is especially important. Using an inappropriate scripting language results in a site plagued by errors, lag, and frequent site crashes.
What Node.js Brings to the Digital RevolutionNode.js has a lot to offer as a backend solution.
- Abundant resources: Node.js has the added advantage of a shared library of tools and modules called the Node Package Manager. The NPM holds a wide variety of robust, well-tested tools, from frameworks like Express to development utilities like browserfy. All told there are more than 350,000 free, reusable packages of code contained within the NPM, making it the largest package registry in the world. Since Node.js is open source the library is being continually expanded.
- Freedom to innovate: Unlike Ruby on Rails, Node.js is highly unopinionated. It imposes very little set direction on developers. Everything is built as desired from the ground up, so developers are free to shape software to their exact needs.
Who’s Using Node.js?40% of developers report that they use Node.js on a regular basis. Right now it’s most commonly found in web applications, with enterprise applications just starting to trend. Node.js is popular among start-ups, but it’s gaining traction among established companies such as:
Parting thoughtsCompanies undergoing digital transformation need fast, secure, real-time network applications. Node.js can support them through their transformation and beyond.
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