In the current age, where there’s a cut-throat competition, it becomes imperative for the enterprises to have a swift, secure, and flexible web app development.
An efficient mobility is always top on the priority list followed by the decision-making skills, and real-time intelligence for the enterprise businesses.
For the past many years, Node.js have proved to be an excellent enterprise app development platform fulfilling all the above needs.
That’s one of the reasons for its exemplary growth. Before we dive deep into it, let’s see what Node.js actually is.
What is Node.js?
In simple words, Node.js shines by applying the push technology over websockets in the real-time web applications. But what’s so special about it?
It’s special because it has transformed an age-old standard which was based on a stateless web & request-response.
With Node.js we’ve finally entered into the realm of real-time web applications with two-way connections, where server and client both can start the communication by exchanging the data freely.
This used to be totally different earlier, when only the client had the permission to initiate the communication.
Node.js was first unveiled in 2009 at the annual European JSConf by Ryan Dahl. Initially, Node.js was sponsored as an open-source project by a hosting solutions and cloud computing provider Joyent.
This company has already invested in several technologies like Ruby on Rails framework and had also provided hosting services to LinkedIn and Twitter.
Moreover, LinkedIn also became the first company to use Node.js technology for the backend development of its mobile application.
Later on, many other companies like Netflix, Walmart, eBay, Uber, and many more adopted Node.js.
Rise of Node.js through stats
Rise of Node.js is not only an ordinary claim, rather it’s well backed up by the stats. The below graph shows the dominance of Node.js in the IT world as of 2019.
Another indicator of Node.js’ growing popularity is the Indeed Job Trends which shows the total number of job postings along with the relative growth of a skill.
You must take note that the above chart shows and compares the growth and not the absolute number of jobs.
Java still rules at it with the maximum number of job offerings. The chart clearly tells us that the Node.js’ growth rate is the fastest as compared to all other technologies.
Now many of you might argue that this pattern would be the same for all the technologies in their initial years. So, how is this a big deal?
Well you got the first things right that every new technology gets a momentum in the beginning.
It’s mostly because the startups generally look to use the fresh technologies available to them.
Moreover, there are plenty of experimental startups which would consider to have a go with a relatively new technology.
However, the thing that makes Node.js different from any other technology is the fact that many established companies have already adopted Node.js.
This phenomenon is quite rare and it’s what makes Node.js different from all the other technologies.
Other important Node.js stats
- Node.js is a proven technology to boost your business as 70% of the companies worldwide believes that it has increased the developer productivity.
- 58% of the world’s total development time is spent by using Node JS.
- All the versions of Node JS show a staggering growth in its download by about 40% every year.
Benefits of Node.js
High performance and scalability
Node.js is written in C++ language and is built upon V8 runtime of Google Chrome. It’s operational on multiple OS and is known for its express speed.
The Node.js is capable of managing multiple simultaneous connections with utmost efficiency due to its event-driven and single-threaded architecture.
Many popular platforms generate an additional thread for every new request. This uses up the RAM and takes a longer processing time.
On the other hand, Node operates on the single thread using the callbacks and the event loop for the I/O operations. This is how Node js manages thousands and even million connections.
That’s not it, Node.js development also offers scalability with advanced features such as cluster module which assists in load balancing over several CPU cores.
Moreover, tools like PM2 process manager makes processes like monitoring, optimizing, and deploying Node applications easy.
Read more: Why to choose NodeJS for your next web app?
A cross-functional team is more effective as compared to a skill-set silo team because each member of the team is responsible for all the stages of an app lifecycle such as: writing of codes, hosting, testing, deployment, and maintenance.
Such teams are composed of experts hailing from all the relevant areas such as: infrastructure engineers, quality assurance experts, front-end experts, and back-end experts.
This style of work is highly popularized by the Agile methodology. This is common in the startup circles since they have a limited workforce. This style of work is known for its innovation, agility, and smoother collaborations.
With this style of work, the “This ain’t my job” attitude takes the backseat and everyone works together to achieve a common goal by providing their perspectives to various problems.
Thus, all the developers can work as a full-stack developer without learning any additional language.
The node package manager
The Node package manager which is also known as the npm has now released its enterprise version to combat the security and privacy concerns of the big enterprises.
Npm assists the programmers to install, update, and utilize the minor open-source software packages also known as the modules.
This means that the programmers don’t need to write the common features from scratch. Moreover, it also allows them to avoid new layers of complexity.
The npm enterprise version is a boon for big organizations since they are worried of storing their data in the cloud. Npm enterprise allows them to run the infrastructure of the npm behind the company’s firewall.
It empowers the enterprise by giving them access to a private registry along with high-grade security features.
These features help them to identify vulnerabilities, control access to code, and automatic replacement of unsafe code.
Long term support
The IT world has a fickle nature since things change rapidly. The rise and fall of technology is a common scenario in the IT.
In some cases, the technologies decline even before entering the long-term support (LTS). This makes it difficult for the developers to maintain and build an app written in an outdated language.
In that regard Node.js certainly emerges as a first choice for the majority of the developers.
According to the Node.js user survey report of 2018, 61% of the developers consider the LTS (long term support) feature of Node.js important.
This consistency allows the developers to anticipate in a better way as to what the future has in store for their application and how to plan for the further development.
All the major releases of the Node.js are maintained actively for the span of 18 months since it enters the LTS followed by a maintenance mode which will last for the next 12 months.
During this period, there won’t be any new features added; however, all the security updates and bug fixes will be taken care of by the team.
This allows you to reuse some of the codes from the web app to the desktop version for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Again, moving further the same team working on the web application can build a desktop app without possessing any expert knowledge or skills of Objective-C, C#, and other language for native apps.
Moreover, Node developers have the privilege to access some of the great tools such as Google Chrome Developer Tools, which allows them to debug and profile desktop apps and backend efficiently on the client-side apps.
All the major Node developer tools are cross-platform. This means that developers don’t need a Windows machine for Windows apps, or a Mac to debug, build, and write a macOS app.
All the projects have a humble beginning. Some prefer to start with an MVP release. However, as the time flies, many new features are added to the app which raises the expectations of the users.
Even before you know, you could end up with a huge project in your hand which is difficult to cope with.
With time the app gets complex to the extent that it becomes difficult to even make a small change.
This is a headache for any enterprise. However, this is also a common scenario for them. For example, let’s assume that you are running a marketing app that serves three different and equally important areas namely CMS, reporting, and email marketing.
Now, your users will obviously use one feature more than the other two. You might also face the extreme case where in some users only use one feature (say CMS) and ignore the rest.
Now, gradually when your user base grows, you will need more computing power to prevent the app from crashing.
One of the ways could be to scale only the CMS part since the other two features are easily dealing with the traffic load.
However, it’s not possible to go with such an approach with monolithic apps which forces you to scale the whole system.
Moreover, as discussed earlier, it’s a struggle to handle a complex application and to check the efficiency of a big team working behind it.
But thank God, there’s a solution to it. And it’s microservices pattern.
Microservice is nothing but a single self-contained unit which is a constituent of a large application.
You can divide your application into smaller fragments which then allows you to scale and deploy them independently.
Moreover, you can take the help of different teams and programming languages for writing and testing the apps individually.
This also implies that you can run different teams in multiple countries that would work independently on the different fragments of the same application.
Smaller teams are comparatively easier to manage. Moreover, you don’t need to deploy the whole codebase each time you make changes to any fragment of the app.
Node.js is the modern enterprise application development trend that is here to stay. Many Fortune 100 companies have already leveraged it to enhance their enterprise-grade applications.
We at Peerbits also possess expertise over Node.js mobile app development. We have developed an on-demand food delivery app for restaurants, where they can seamlessly assign orders to the delivery boys.
Our developers have leveraged the benefits of Node.js to build a highly configurable admin panel that makes order management, task assignment, and all the important functions simple.
Our developers used Node.js to come up with a highly scalable and cross-platform application for the client.
So, if you’re looking to hire for node.js app development then Peerbits is the most suitable option for you.