Know your why! Avoid making blind coding choices.
Node.js is fast.
It can work on multiple platforms, other than the web.
When first introduced to Node.js in 2014 I was shocked by what I was seeing. Ward Bell was giving a demo of Node.js, ExpressJS, and Jade. Jade has since been renamed to “pug”. Node.js surprised me because it was easy to set up a web server. In my experience with Microsoft technology it was never that easy. The web server came with “software bloat”. Plus developers had to buy a license for Windows Server to run “Internet Information Services” (IIS). Contrast that with a Node.js web server that can be set up with as little as five ( 5 ) lines of code.
Node.js lends itself to being highly customizable. The initial application has basic functionality and then you add what you need. Even the ExpressJS web server that I mentioned before can be substituted for another web server package depending on your preference. ( Hapi, Koa, Meteor, Socket.io, Sails, etc.)
Community and support are huge benefits but Node.js has some essential winning characteristics. These are results that you can show off.
1. “Node.js is fast.”
Node.js is built for the web, it is designed to work like the web does. Node’s asynchronous behavior can handle the many data packets being transmitted all over the place. Node.js accepts all those network requests, never stopping the flow of data. Once the request is completed the response gets routed back to the sender. Basically the web user’s multiple clicks are recorded and served when done. Some requests are completed faster than others, but all get worked on and no one is turned away.
No company wants to spend more money than they have too. I think the hidden beauty of Node.js for business is the ability to hire engineers who know one language. What does that mean? For example, companies would traditionally hire a Linux engineer for the back-end servers, then a database engineer, then a front-end engineer for the website. Those engineers are specialized experts in what they do, but they aren’t always busy at the same time. Each engineer gets paid whether they are busy, or not.
3. “Cross-platform development”
Node.js is just fine. Let’s say it is the “goldilocks” of software development. Not too much, but enough to get the job done. How can you get that idea off the drawing board (Pitch Deck) and into a workable demo (MVP) that is ready for the market ($ales)?… I suggest using Node.js.