Walmart, LinkedIn, Uber, NASA and some other giant entities have used this open-source, straightforward and easy-to-customize environment for their web applications.
However, the popularity of Node.js does not mean it is right for you. In certain scenarios, shifting to Node.js may be unproductive and disappointing. Before making the switch, take time to weigh all the pros and cons..
This article will acquaint you with the key characteristics of Node.js to help you make an educated choice of technology for your web application’s backend.
This runtime environment is most suitable for developing real-time apps that process large numbers of online requests on the client side that don’t require advanced security, with top-notch user experience and prompt response time. This includes live chats, instant messengers, online games, video conferencing and e-commerce services, and collaborative platforms for multiple users (Google Docs, Trello, Dropbox, etc.)
For those types of projects, Node.js is a much better option than slower and less flexible technologies like Ruby on Rails. The ability of Node.js to simultaneously handle multiple requests and provide prompt responses makes it an ideal solution for client-focused web app development. This runtime environment is found more frequently on single-page applications than any other backend technology.
Node.js is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Its efficiency decreases as the CPU load grows. If a large amount of data is processed on the server side, you should consider using more stable and resilient technology. Apps built with Node.js may fail to handle heavy-computing operations, blocking incoming requests and reducing response speed.
The APIs provided in Node.js are superfluous for developing simplistic CRUD and HTML apps that transfer data directly from the server. Using them only overcomplicates things.
One of the benefits of open-source technology is that free libraries and customization features can be uploaded to the Internet by anyone. The down side is that some donors have limited expertise and may make serious coding errors, reducing your app’s efficiency and dooming you to tedious bug fixing. It is better to borrow extensions from authoritative sources.