Node.js – A Frontend Envoy in the World of Backend
Here we’ve listed the main benefits of Node.js.
1. High speed
Node.js is easy to learn and use. It is really simple, especially in comparison to other server platforms.
The same language concepts are used in the browser and on the server. In addition, characteristics of Node.js allow quickly switching to the use of new ECMAScript standards. Developers do not need to wait until users refresh their browsers, because Node.js is a server environment that is fully controlled by a developer. Lastly, new language features are available after installation of an updated version of Node.js.
4. V8 engine
Asynchronous mechanisms allow a Node.js server to simultaneously process thousands of connections without troubling the developer with a thread of management tasks and parallel code execution (which are often sources of error).
Node.js provides a developer with non-blocking basic input-output mechanisms, and even the Node.js libraries have been written using non-blocking paradigms. This makes blocking behavior an exception rather than the norm.
Due to the convenience of working with the Node.js package manager, npm, the Node.js ecosystem is thriving. Currently, there are more than half a million open source packages in the npm registry that any Node.js developer can use freely.
Despite having obvious pluses, Node.js also has some drawbacks. Among them are npm immaturity due to the presence of a large number of free, untested components, and the risk of dissimilarity between new and previous environment’s versions. Moreover, sometimes it’s better to use a language with contractual interfaces and static type checking for complex projects because it can save time on debugging.
Finally, whether you can use Node.js or not depends on the type of project you’re doing and your actual resources. Companies like LinkedIn, Netflix, Under, and eBay have counted the cost and settled on this technology.