In an article published last year, the Node.js Foundation had asked developers how they use Node.js. The article published the result of the survey: Node JS was taking over the world of enterprise applications development by storm and is rapidly outperforming platforms such as Java, which has got to do with certain factors. Let us see why Node js for Enterprise applications development:
Human evolution is all about disruption and building innovative tools and platforms that help in the development of more complex platforms and tools. Think about how an enterprise application developer would have evolved.
In the bygone era, enterprise developers were using assembler programs to write financial systems. Over time, languages such as PL/I, COBOL, and FORTRAN went on to enhance developer productivity. As time went by, assembler languages gave way to Java, C#, C++, etc.
Node.js does not outride Java at memory intensive and CPU tasks, and, maybe, it never will. However, that is not its forte.
Where Node.js has Java back to the wall is in IO-intensive use cases. Hold on, in the case of applications driven by networked API this will be the talking point of Node.js as API mashup.
Gone are the days when one has to built out a web server that is Java-based for getting an application server such as WebLogic, WebSphere or JBoss, considered to carry a high price tag. If you are a Java developer, you’ll appreciate the idea of keeping out of JEE application servers entirely. In Java, that just isn’t trivial.
In Node.js, however, if you need to set up an application server, you have to write handful lines of JS code. Try comparing a simple ‘hello world’ application server developed making use of Node.js and expression framework with that of the same thing built out of JBoss. That’s pain in the neck for sure, when all you need to do to get going is sprinkle a code or two.