Why is Node.js so popular?



  • Serious question,is its popularity related to libuv .
    The unicorn velociraptor library. Not joking, it exists!
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    Why else is it so popular? Please someone enlighten me.



  • It seems great in every way when you start comparing it to others like PHP. It's faster and handles multiple concurrent connections better, with faster turnaround times.

    I'm learning PHP first because it's so much easier for me to use that as a gateway language. They all seem very similar, but it seems like once I am fluent with one, the others will be easy.



  • @tim_g said in Why is Node.js so popular?:

    It seems great in every way when you start comparing it to others like PHP. It's faster and handles multiple concurrent connections better, with faster turnaround times.

    I'm learning PHP first because it's so much easier for me to use that as a gateway language. They all seem very similar, but it seems like once I am fluent with one, the others will be easy.

    You can't compare them. Node.js is a packaged engine while PHP itself is a language. What makes Node.js great - IMHO - is that you can build fast acting, event-driven networking services without much hassle. You could even do that in COBOL, but that's another story 😉



  • The main reason node was developed was its author did liked the scaling capabilities of apache! If you never hit scalability limits of ngnix or apache the remaining reason for node is you are a fullstack devel and your mind twists jumping from a front end language (js) to a back end one.



  • @tim_g said in Why is Node.js so popular?:

    It seems great in every way when you start comparing it to others like PHP. It's faster and handles multiple concurrent connections better, with faster turnaround times.

    Not actually faster, but it's decently fast. Non-blocking is huge, but other languages do that. It's just that NodeJS is all about non-blocking. It's a specific language and framework whereas PHP is just a language. So they are hard to compare.



  • Hey, thanks for all the responses, very interesting. I've been looking into Node.js for some time and found some interesting facts. Did you know that Node.js is being used by NetFlix, SAP, GoDaddy, IBM and more? I found it. Also, are those salary rates correct? If so, I'd totally start learning Node.



  • @anastasia_s said in Why is Node.js so popular?:

    Hey, thanks for all the responses, very interesting. I've been looking into Node.js for some time and found some interesting facts. Did you know that Node.js is being used by NetFlix, SAP, GoDaddy, IBM and more? I found it. Also, are those salary rates correct? If so, I'd totally start learning Node.

    Please no links to promotional sites on first post, and definitely don't pretend that promotional sites are normal links to general references.

    Yes, NodeJS pays well, it's a good field to be in.


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