As an open-source project, Node.js was sponsored by Joyent, a cloud computing and hosting solutions provider. The company invested in a number of other technologies, such as Ruby on Rails framework, and provided hosting services to Twitter and LinkedIn. The latter also became one of the first companies to use Node.js for its mobile application backend. The technology was later adopted by a number technology leaders, such as Uber, eBay, Walmart, and Netflix, to name a few.
However, it wasn’t until recently that a wide adoption of Node.js started. The interest in this technology peaked in 2014, as per Google Trends, and remains high.
1) Node.js Possess Great Speed
Common tasks in web applications like reading or writing to the database, reading and writing to network connections and reading or writing to the file system can be executed speedily using Node.js. Node.js helps enterprises build fast, scalable network applications that can handle concurrent connections with high throughput. Node.js does not slow down anything; developers just need to write the code and Node.js applications take the right step.
WalmartLabs launched with Node.js in 2013, where the entire mobile traffic on site was toured through Node.js applications on Black Friday (busiest shopping period of the year). With Node.js in action at Walmart Labs on Black Friday, the CPU utilization did not exceed 1% and the team successfully deployed approximately 200,000,000 online users.
LinkedIn shifted to Node.js from Ruby on Rails for handling the mobile traffic which resulted in reducing the number of servers from 30 to 3. Also the new Node.js applications were 20 times faster.
PayPal has reported 35% reduce in their response time with double the number of requests received per second after deploying Node.js applications.
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2) Node.js Codes are Ubiquitous
3) Node.js wins with Data Streaming
In legacy web platforms, HTTP request and response are considered as isolated events, in reality, they are actually data streams. This feature can be leveraged to complete advantage with Node.js to develop some great features like- processing files while the upload is in progress(helps in reducing the overall processing time) because data comes in the form of streams. This can also be implemented for real-time video or audio encoding.
4) Node.js wins with Database Queries
5) Real Time web applications are a walk in the park with Node.js
Developers need not worry about low-level sockets and protocols as Node.js helps them build comet-driven real-time web applications in the same time as they would take to bake a birthday cake with a ready-made mix or create a simple blog in PHP. Node.js excels at multi-user real-time web apps like games and chat applications. The multi-user requirement is taken care of the event loop through web socket protocol which runs on TCP, avoiding the overhead of HTTP for web development.
6) Node.js– a single codebase for real-time web applications
Web engineering companyToptalstates, “Node.js is not a silver-bullet new platform that will dominate the web development world. Instead, it’s a platform that fills a particular need. Where Node really shines is in building fast, scalable network applications.”
7) Node.js comes to the rescue as Proxy Server
Node.js can be used to proxy different services with varying response times or for gathering data from various sources. For instance, if there is a server-side application that communicates with third party resources, stores videos or images, or collects data from different sources then Node.js can be used as a Proxy if the enterprise does not have an existent infrastructure for proxy or requires local development for this solution.
8) Node.js- Secret to Increased Productivity
PayPal has measures increase in developer productivity by using Node.js. It took half the number of people to deliver applications and it was delivered in less time with double productivity from developers.
9) Node.js –Effective Tooling with NPM
Node.js package manager abbreviated as NPM resembles package managers from other ecosystems but NPM is robust, consistent and super-fast that helps get dependency management right. There are more than 60000 modules available for the users which are increasing at a rapid pace. With increasing interest in Node.js, the node community is growing stronger than ever.Top of Form
10) Service Providers Hosting Node.js Deployments
With increased adoption of Node.js, hosting is also flourishing. PaaS (Platform as a Service) service providers such as Heroku and Modulus are now formally supporting node deployments to a single command.
To sum it up, an organization that uses Node.js can-
— Use ½ the number of programmers to build a new product.
— Make Developers and Customers Happy
— Reduce the page load times by 50%
— Retain employees for longer
— Reduce the number of servers needed to host the application.
With so many business benefits, there could hardly be any enterprises that would be inconsiderate about not considering Node.js in a serious way.