What is Node.js?
What is Node.js?

Developed in 2009 by Ryan Dahl, Node.js is a server-side platform that is built on Google Chrome’s JavaScript. The official definition of Node.js is “a platform built on Chrome's JavaScript runtime for easily building fast and scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices”.

It is an open-source, cross-platform runtime environment that is used to develop server-side networking applications. It uses a non-blocking, event-driven I/O model which makes it efficient and lightweight. It is the ideal platform for data-sensitive, real-time applications which run across distributed devices.

Applications of Node.js are written in JavaScript and run within the platform’s runtime on Linux, Microsoft Windows, and OS X.

The platform also provides a library of various JavaScript modules that simplify development of web applications.


Why use Node.js

Node.js is extremely fast. It also offers a RESTful API, which is a web service that takes a few input parameters and passes a bit of the data back – data manipulation made simple without huge complications. Node can handle thousands of these, but say PHP would collapse.


What are the features of Node.js?

  • Asynchronous and Event Driven − The APIs of the platform’s library are asynchronous meaning a Node.js based server never waits for an API to return data.
  • Fast – Built on Google Chrome's V8 JavaScript Engine, the Node.js library is extremely fast in code execution.
  • Single Threaded but Highly Scalable – The platform uses a single threaded program and this program can provide service to a much larger number of requests than traditional servers.
  • No Buffering − Node.js applications never buffer any data but output data in chunks.


Where do you use Node.js?

Node.js can be used for the following:

  • I/O bound Applications
  • Data Streaming Applications
  • Data Intensive Real-time Applications (DIRT)
  • JSON APIs based Applications
  • Single Page Applications


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