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Why Top Global Companies are Adopting Node.js

Ryan Dahl, and other developers, at Joyent created Node.js. The technology was first introduced back in 2009 by Ryan at the annual European JSConf. It is a server-side, open source, cross-platform runtime environment that allows Node developers to build servers and network applications with JavaScript. This means entire sites can be run on a unified JavaScript stack—both the client-side software and the server-side software. Node.js, was aiming to create real-time websites with push capability. It incorporates the Google Chrome V8 JavaScript engine, which supports ECMAScript 2015 (ES6) syntax without any need for an ES6-to-ES5 transpiler such as Babel.

The rise and popularity of Node.js-

Since it runs single-threaded event-based loop, all executions become non-blocking and offers asynchronous and event driven I/O APIs. Node.js turns out to be quite useful for desktop applications in addition to servers. You can use any language that transpires to JavaScript, for example TypeScript and CoffeeScript.

The technology has been adopted by a number technology leaders, such as

Microsoft

Even Microsoft has embraced NodeJS, offering direct integrations into their Azure Platform, releasing a wealth of tutorials targeted at Node and they have even announced plans to fork the project and build their own version of Node powered by their Edge Javascript engine

PayPal

PayPal uses Node.js as it allows them to enable both the server and the browser applications to be written in JavaScript. The engineering specialties are combined into one team by Node.js and it allows the organization to react to the requirements of users at any stage in the technology stack.

Netflix

Netflix used JavaScript and Node.js to transform their website into a single page application. The entire user interface of Netflix is built using Node. The technology has proved to be pretty effective for the company that now it wants to utilize it in other layers of the stack.

Uber

Uber was one of the first big business that adopted Node at such a level, right from the start. Uber has built its massive driver / rider matching system on Node.js. To prove their Node.js app success, Uber is now able to process over 2 million remote procedure calls (RPC) per 1 second. Even at peak times.

Here is the list of all benefits of using Node.js

  • Easy to install and run locally
  • Highly scalable due to asynchronous, event-driven processing
  • Unified programming language and data type (JavaScript and JSON)
  • Easy to develop software real-time systems
  • Easily integrate a program like JavaScript throughout an application, without the need to translate the JavaScript to the server side framework every time
  • Multiple-platform compatible written code
  • It is easier and very cheap hosting for Node.js business applications compared to other applications

Today, the majority of the developers love to write codes in JavaScript. Thus, a developer can easily adopt the capabilities of Node and can excel in the platform. Due to its advantageous features, Node.js is witnessing a rapid adoption and this is creating a demand for hosting of applications that feature Node.



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