What is Node?
Node.js uses an event-driven architecture – everything can be handled fairly well on a single thread which means servers don’t need to handle the overhead of a thread for every connected client.
Node.js has become regularly popular with large websites and enterprises. LinkedIn, eBay, PayPal, and even Capital One are all using it for at least something. Node has received substantial help from Google (Chrome), Microsoft, and of course Joyent.
5 Reasons to Use NodeJS
I’ve been thinking about Node and why I like using it for quite a while. In 2013 or so, I was really skeptical when I first heard about it. I believe as a platform and environment it’s really grown and matured since then.
Node.js is Very Performant
For applications that aren’t CPU bound it and will have a lot of waiting, Node.js an really handle a lot of requests with very little requests.
Less Development Work
I believe that by using Node.js there’s a great potential for a lot less development work because of the incredible number of libraries and frameworks that are available. Instead of writing utility classes or spending hours or days building generic libraries that can be reused – developers can spend time on business rules or writing business specific logic.
Absolutely No Licensing Costs
Node.js is a completely free server framework that works off of the Chrome V8 engine. Node.js is completely open-source and cross platform. Runnig it on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows is pretty easy. Environments like .NET in the past have required Windows Servers, or PHP which pretty much required Linux.
Relatively Easy to Use
Lots of Developers
Runs on All Cloud Providers
Pretty much all cloud providers are providing support for Node.js in their serverless environments or on their virtualized servers.