Take a look at a very useful guest post about Node.js for Enterprise App Development from Jennifer Warren, a Content Crafter at GoodFirms.
Looking for a swift, secure and flexible web app development platform? Try Node Js – an excellent enterprise app development platform. With nearly a billion downloads, Node.js has been widely successful in building real-time apps, the Internet of Things and microservices. It’s more popular than any other technology and is ranked among top developer skills.
Why Should Enterprises Choose Node.js?
Any programming language will give you enough and more good reasons as to why you should choose it over the others. Notwithstanding the popular notions, the case of Node.JS is different.
Node.js enables the development of full-scale applications. Futurist tooling and its modern way of developing complex applications have made this web app development platform stand tall among other programming technologies.
Bringing Node.js and Microservices Pattern Together
Most of the projects kickstart with an MVP release. Isn’t it? However, as time passes by, you realize that you could use the product to address several other issues as well. So, you go on to add new features. However, in the meantime users start expecting more and more from your product.
And, within no time, you may have a huge project in hand that your existing team may find it too much to handle. Yes, you have bitten off more than you could chew. So, without any forethought, you go ahead and add more and more features and that too without compromising on your existing customers’ happiness. But then, as time passes by, adding new changes become a matter of concern for you. This is one of the major problems currently faced by enterprise applications.
Let’s analyze this problem with an example. Suppose, you are using a marketing app that serves three different areas such as CMS, social media marketing and email marketing. More often than not, you end up using one feature over the others. For instance, you may be using more and more social media marketing features over the other two features. Now, as your user base grows, you may have to add more computing power to make sure that your app works properly and doesn’t crash. The best way to address this issue is to scale the social media marketing feature of your app.
No matter what, it’s impossible to make such changes in the case of monolithic apps, and so you may have to scale the whole system. And, truth be told, such apps are difficult to handle.
This is where a microservice pattern comes into the picture. A microservice, is a single self-contained unit, with several others, making a large application. The app could be split into small units, of which every part could be independently deployed and made scalable, by different teams in different programming languages, and more importantly, tested individually.
What’s more? Here I walk you many more features that make Node.JS the go-to platform for web app development.
#1. Easy Scalability
The biggest plus point of Node.js is that you can scale the application both horizontally and vertically. The application could be scaled horizontally by adding additional nodes to the existing system.
#2. Easy Learning
#3. Single Programming Language
#4. The benefit of Fullstack JS
#5. Highly Extensible
The Node.js is highly extensible. Meaning you can customize and even extend Node.js as per requirements. You can also use JSON to enable the exchange of data between the web server and the client. It also comprises-in APIs for developing HTTP, TCP, and DNS servers.
#6. Exceptional Development Speed
For startups, entry into the market is a tedious and time-consuming process with loads of tests and re-tests involved. This is where Node.js could help out.
This lightweight technology comprises multiple tools that help accelerate the app development process. Reusable templates help reduce the size of the application and especially cut down the number of bugs, which makes the time-to-market cycle shorter. Further, language consistency on the server-side and the client-side makes data timing less time-consuming.
#7. It’s Mobile-friendly
In the case of startups, response time, competitive edge, productivity are serious issues. Node.js could prove helpful in this case. The technology could handle any volume of mobile traffic and so there’s no question of crashing servers. Plus, Node.js developers are quite equipped to build all the requisite features of responsive sites in no time.
#8. Solid Community Support
Node.js foundation, which came into existence in 2015, handles the development and production of the Node.js project. The founding members include Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Fidelity and more. Presently, the community has over a thousand individual contributors and the technology is being used by 300 startups and well-established companies. Such solid backing makes it a well-tested tool, which is sure to be around for long.
#9. Ideal for Real-time Applications
Features such as chats and gaming apps make Node.js a go-to platform for developing real-time applications. It’s perfect for programs that require an event-based server and non-blocking driven servers. And, before I forget, I need to mention that top-notch platforms such as PayPal, eBay, Linkedin and more have been developed using Node.js.
#10. Node.js Encourages Sharing
Backed by Node Package Manager or NPM, Node.js enables sharing. It comprises nearly 50,000 packages that enable developers to create effective solutions. With inbuilt NPM, developers can easily update, share and even reuse codes with the utmost ease. In short, Node.js package manager is powerful and a consistent solution for developers.
Several factors need to be accounted for while choosing a platform for enterprise applications. While considering between Java, .Net or Node.js, Node.js is considered to be favorite among developers because of its scalability, speed, enterprise readiness and more.
So, if you are developing GenNext apps with APIs for mobile and web integration in IoT, you should bet your money on the Node.js runtime system.