What is so revolutionary about Node.js?

By / September 9, 2016 /

The face of development has changed dramatically over the past several years. One of the reasons for this is the rising popularity of JavaScript. The things that can be done nowadays with JavaScript were even hard to imagine in the past years. Node.js, which is a cross platform JavaScript based runtime environment for development of applications and tools, is being considered as one of the most dependable option for developers.
What is different about Node.js?

We have web apps with real time connections where both client and server can initiate communication under a two way process as it allows them to exchange data freely. This is complete opposite of what we used to have under a typical web response paradigm, where the client always initiated the communication. All thanks to Node.js. Additionally, Node.js is based on the open stack (CSS, HTML and JavaScript) running over standard port 80, which is an added advantage.

NPM: The Node Package Manager

The discussion on Node.js is incomplete if we do not understand the built-in support for package management using the NPM or the Node Package Manager tool that comes by default with every Node.js installation. Here are some of the most popular NPM modules:

  • Connect:

    Connect is an extensible HTTP server framework for Node.js, which provides a collection of high performance plug-ins known as middleware.

  • Express:

    Express.js is a Sinatra inspired web development framework for Node.js which is used by default in majority of node.js apps.

  • Socket.io and Sockjs:

    These are server side component of the two most common web sockets components out there.

  • Forever

    This is probably the most common utility to ensure that a given node script runs continuously.
    The list is endless as there are a lot of really useful packages available.

What makes Node.js stand out?
  • If you are interested in having your own hangout, it is possible with node.js.

  • With the help of node.js web kit, a chat application that will run on Windows, Mac and Linux can be made very comfortably.

  • If we use socket.io with node.js, we can run a presentation on the laptop using our smat phone as a remote control.

  • Node.js offers a great drawing tool that can be used by several people at the same time.

There is a lot more that can be done using node.js and this can really bring the entire creative world at your finger tips.

There are endless possibilities for creating an app or a tool using node.js. This is the reason why, one should hire a node.js developer for your next web or mobile app development project. Looking for one? You can talk to the senior node.js developer at Miracle Group to understand the further possibilities and how it can help in your project.

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