There’s a lot to unpack there. Let’s do just that. First, we’ll answer the question, “What is Node.js?” and then we’ll discuss how this runtime environment can help your business.
A Bit of History
Dahl held a number of criticisms for LiveWire Pro Web. One of the biggest issues had to do with the Apache webserver (which was most often used by LiveWire Pro Web). Back in those early days, Apache had trouble handling a large number of concurrent connections and the wide-spread use of sequential programming could lead to blocking an entire process or required multiple execution stacks.
But what does Node.js actually do? With this runtime, developers can write command-line tools and scripts to produce dynamic web page content before a page is actually sent to the web browser. In other words, web page content is generated on the server-side, so it doesn’t require the web browser to handle that part of the process.
Since its creation, Node.js has been downloaded over a billion times. That fact alone should tell you how important this runtime has become over the years.
The Advantages of node.js
Node.js offers quite a lot of advantages and has become crucial for a number of modern, agile technologies. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages.
Node.js is scalable
This might be one of the most important advantages of Node.js. With the Node.js runtime, developers can scale both horizontally and vertically. Wait. What? What’s horizontal and vertical scaling? Let’s define.
- Vertical scaling (aka “scaling up”) is adding more resources to a server without changing code.
- Horizontal scaling (aka “scaling out”) is adding more machines to a network to share processing and memory workloads.
Because scaling is built into the very core of Node.js, it has no problem with either method. You can add extra resources to the hardware or more hardware to the network and Node.js won’t flinch.
Node.js is easy to learn
NPM is awesome
NPM is the Node Package Manager. This tool makes it easy for developers to install tools from a vast repository, making their tasks considerably easier. With the help of npm, your productivity will skyrocket.
The microservice champ
If you’re looking to develop microservices, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better tool for the job than Node.js. For those that don’t know, microservices make it possible to break the traditional monolithic approach to designing an app into smaller, lightweight pieces. These individual services are distributed to a cluster, which then makes them available to your business (and clients/users).
Node.js is fast
How Can Node Help Your Business?
If you read through the advantages section, you probably already have a good idea of how Node.js can help your business. It scales well, it’s fast, and makes the developer’s job really easy. That all translates to your business enjoying a much-improved platform and bottom line.
And who doesn’t like the sound of that?
Aside from the obvious, how else can Node help your business? Consider this: your company probably has a lot of development projects. Some of those projects might have started out small, but eventually grew exponentially, until they became massive undertakings. That’s more common than you might think. And as that project continues to grow, adding to it becomes an incredible challenge.
However, if that project was approached in a very Node.js-like way, no matter how large it became, it would still be simple to manage. Why? Microservices. No matter how massive that project becomes, it’s still a collection of small services that can be modified without breaking the whole. For any enterprise-level business, the idea of downtime equates to lost revenue. When dealing with microservices, your downtime is reduced.
Again, who doesn’t like the sound of that?