So your software development agency are talking about something called Node.js? You may never have heard of it, but if it’s going to be a part of your new tech project it’s useful to find out the basics, if only so that you can nod along wisely during progress meetings with the development team. What you want from Node.js and what you need it to do for you will depend very much on your individual project, but these days it can have a useful place in almost every development project, from fast-to-market startup concepts through to large scale multi-connected applications.
It’s popular with developers
In August 2018 the Node Foundation proudly announced the billionth download of Node.js.
According to a recent blog from NodeSource, Node.js ‘can fit in everywhere within an organisation’ making it a universal platform and a ubiquitous part of the modern development workflow.
It also benefits from npm, the world’s largest open source library collection, meaning that bespoke development time can often be reduced. These massive library and community resources also help to increase confidence in long term support and sustainability for projects using them.
It’s trusted by global players
The Node.js application has been cited as the fasted growing open source project on Earth, and its ability to work in a myriad of context across multiple sector specific projects means that it is now used in some capacity by the majority of Fortune 500 companies.
Node has been tried and tested by household names such as NASA, Uber, Netflix, eBay and Paypal. LinkedIn claimed that transferring their entire mobile back end to Node allowed them to make a 10:1 saving in machines required to host.
It’s future facing
For new startups looking for speedy proof of concept, Node.js can help them to get to market faster. Even if you’re an established company, the fact that you’re undertaking a new app build or development project means that you have one eye on the future and / or you’re creating innovation frameworks, and a future facing company need to take a future facing approach to software development.
Node’s ability to thrive on real-time data intensive applications makes it a great fit for innovative projects and especially webapps. It’s relatively young communities embrace trends like Internet of Things, chat, streaming, robotics and hobbyist electronics projects like Arduino.