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Node.js: An Indispensable Tool for Modern Web Development

Published: 06 November 2014

ID: G00266383

Analyst(s): Danny Brian


Node.js is best known for its application back-end capabilities. But Node's immediate value for all teams is its use in a development and testing environment. A rich ecosystem of tools and libraries that is built on Node.js makes it easier to build and debug modern Web apps.

Table Of Contents


  • Node.js in a Nutshell
  • You Might Already Be Using Node.js
  • High-Value Use Cases for Node.js
    • Node.js for Push With WebSocket Connections
    • Node.js as a Broadcaster for Notifications
    • Node.js as a Router for Client-to-Client Communication
    • Node.js for Development of Client-Side Code
    • Node.js for Testing of Client-Side Code
    • Node.js for Package Management, Build and Automation
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • A Restaurant Analogy
  • Numbers That Everyone Should Know
  • The Reactor Pattern's Solution
  • Everything an Actor
  • Getting Specific
  • Some Event-Driven Programming Caveats

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