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Assessing Node.js and JavaScript to Build APIs, Microservices, and Event-Driven Web and Mobile Apps

Published: 12 July 2017

ID: G00327468

Analyst(s): Brad Dayley


Node.js is an effective runtime for building APIs, microservices and cloud-based serverless functions, but it requires a specific architecture. To succeed with Node.js, technical professionals responsible for creating web APIs and services must master its use cases and architectural constraints.

Table Of Contents


  • Introducing Node.js
  • Node.js Productivity
  • Node.js Ecosystem
  • Advantages and Limitations of Node.js' Processing Model
  • Architectural and Design Concerns for Node.js Services
  • Node.js Service Deployment Strategies
    • Managing Node.js Deployments at an Application Level
    • Managing Node.js Deployments at a Platform Level
    • Opting for Serverless Deployment of Node.js Services
  • Common Use Cases for Node.js Services
    • WebSocket Services
    • Microservices
    • Lightweight Web API Back End for Web and Mobile Apps
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • npm and Node.js Packages

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