What is Node.js and why use it?

Node.js (also known as Node) is a modern framework for creating back-end servers for your apps. Netflix, PayPal, LinkedIn, Uber, and Ebay are some of the most famous apps currently using Node.js. PointyAPI (Stateless Studio's own server framework) also runs on top of Node (and this website, too!)

Pros and Cons of Node.js

What are some advantages?

Speed

Built on top of Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine, Node.js is lightning fast. Unlike traditional websites and apps, Node apps are typically built to get data in the background while the user already sees the website or app (such as an Angular front-end).

Scalable

Due to the way Node.js manages connections, it is much more scalable than older frameworks. This means you only pay for what you use, and your app will grow with your business. We typically start new web-apps on limited and inexpensive hosting, and can scale them up at a moments notice.

Secure & Reliable

Older technologies such as PHP have many vulnerabilites that developers can often fall into, but Node.js is much cleaner and avoids many of these pitfalls. Coupled with TypeScript and automated bug-checking, Node can be made to be nearly bullet-proof.

Open-Source

Open-source means that it is free to use, and tons of people are using it. You get the expertise of top tech companies, the testing of billions of users, and the wits of millions of developers - all for free. It's a win-win for everyone on board.

350,000+ Packages to use

As more and more developers switch over to Node, there has been an explosion of additional open-source packages to plug-in to your project. Everything from sending automated emails to generating Dad jokes - the Node.js Package Manager (npm for short) has it all covered.

Developer Friendly

Node.js cuts out many of the extra tasks, such as server configuration, which go into creating your website or app. Compared to older platforms such as Apache/PHP, Node.js requires very little setup. This, in turn, means reduced development time and cost for our clients.

Any disadvantages?

So what's the catch?

Steep learning curve

With all the power Node offers, it's quite a new development style and is pretty complicated (at first). Developers from other backgrounds may have trouble making the leap, which is why we recommend trusting an expert team such as Stateless Studio.

Not quite for heavy computation

Although Node.js is extremely fast and performant, it's not quite built for heavy-duty tasks such as processing tons of data or performing heavy calculations. For super heavy-duty tasks, we recommend C++ or Java instead.

Why choose Stateless Studio as your Node.js developer?

Node.js is Stateless Studio's platform of choice. We choose it for most apps, due to it's flexible nature and performance. Stateless Studio has created it's own tools and templates to be the best Node.js developer around. We'd love to answer any questions you have, and help you determine if Node is right for your project. Stateless Studio is a premier Node developer near Red Bank, New Jersey. Fill out a short form to get in touch, or send us an email to [email protected]!

What should I use with it?

Node goes great with Angular front-ends so be sure to read about those, too. Our hosting platform of choice, Heroku, is a perfect place to host your apps and services.

 

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