Kathi Elgin – Why should I learn NodeJS?
NodeJS is everywhere now and making a climb to the top with things like NPM and Express. However, one of the best things about NodeJS is that it can handle thousands of simultaneous requests based on its event driven output method. Express can be categorized as an application server for Node.js and if set on a good serverless location it can handle mass amounts of traffic. Therefore, it alone is great for mobile app development. NPM is an amazing repository of code for developers. There you will find several thousand scripts that developers have written and made open source for you to use.
Both Express and NPM focus on the ability to use already written code in a repository to save time which in turn save money for your project and in turn your company. Node.js is clearly in demand and is the most used new software by startups over the last few years. Even if you are using Python you may find that your project will render faster and have more flexibility if you incorporate some code from NodeJS. Node is a client and server-side programming language allowing you great flexibility and will compile much easier and produce cleaner code.
Not only is Node awesome because of its back-end abilities but you can still choose your framework and that’s important. We have always had web sockets that I describe as “a phone call that never hangs up” but now with NodeJS we have the ability to do push data with this code as well making NodeJS something that all developers should learn. Node should be a tool in our toolbox as it is becoming a requirement for many companies and their programmers to know this architecture. Tom Shawver a long-time developer was quoted saying “A single application can handle thousands of simultaneous connections, regardless of how long they last,”. We know this is true because NodeJS uses a single application thread.