Use Cases of Node.js
Node.js frameworks are a popular choice among developers building a flexible and scalable backend is its event-driven, non-blocking nature. But front-end developers will also clearly see these advantages of Node.js in their own work. Let’s elaborate on why Node.js works for both back-end and front-end:
- Large Online Community A thriving online community can sometimes be a decisive factor for the app development speed. If developers are stuck with a problem, chances are someone has already solved it and shared the solution on Stack Overflow. Node.js enjoys a very active and engaged community when it comes to the runtime environment and its packages.
It has a neat architecture
We’ve already mentioned that Node.js has non-blocking, event-driven and asynchronous architecture. Not all systems and projects are the same, and having the ability to defer blocking operations to the system easily enables you to deal with various use cases. Surely not a silver bullet, but surely a nice tool in a developer’s toolbox.
Node.js is fast
It can be used for tools and scripting (CLI)
Node.js is single-threaded
Being single-threaded means it might consume less memory in specific use cases. As a single-threaded program, the tool offers many options, such as callback methods and event loops to handle multiple concurrent clients. This can help eliminate latency in the server’s processes. An asynchronous event system enables parallel work without having to use complex multi-threading architectures. With Node.js, the calling function is notified of the termination of the process using a callback function. In the meantime, other tasks can be processed simultaneously.
It can run almost anywhere
Yes, Node.js is compatible with and can run on all operating systems and even on Raspberry Pi. The light memory footprint and high computational throughput makes it one of the top preferred technologies for IoT (Internet of Things). It’s also very easy to deploy to almost any server, because of the widespread support and extremely easy installation.
In a nutshell
Node.js is a popular runtime environment for building high-scale applications that need to support multiple concurrent requests. Single-threaded non-blocking I/O makes it an excellent choice for real-time and data-streaming applications (e.g. games, chatbots).
On top of that, Node.js has a huge community of active developers and enjoys the world’s largest open-source package repository, NPM (Node.js’ default package managing ecosystem), with over a million available packages. So now you have a few reasons to choose Node.js for your next software project. Depending on your business idea, trusted and experienced Node.js developers at Dreamix can consult you on the best approach tailored to your individual needs and project requirements.