There is a pervasive myth that persists in the minds of the ignorant suggesting that open source software is confined to a small number of intellectual, science-loving computer geeks who develop impractical software applications as a hobby. This myth is supported by the mistaken belief among consumers that brands such as Microsoft and Apple are responsible for just about everything that occurs in the world of computers and software. The reality is quite different. Indeed, every Node.js developer knows exactly what the score is.
It turns out that without open source software, there are a lot of entities whose online ventures would not even exist. Early adopters of the Node.js framework includes well-known names like Walmart, PayPal, GoDaddy, Netflix, and Yahoo!. Most of those early adopters still support the Node.js Foundation even today.
Speed, Performance, Scalability
Commonly referred to simply as ‘Node’, the Node.js framework offers a robust and resilient environment for developing the server side of web applications. It has everything a developer wants for easy development and testing along with exceptional speed, performance, and scalability. Developers who use the framework tend to concentrate on mobile technologies that require enough robustness and scalability to handle high traffic and unlimited numbers of users.
Mobile app developers should never underestimate the speed, performance, and scalability of Node.js. For every developer who chooses not to use the framework, there is another who competes by embracing it for a new project. And every Node.js developer who uses the framework adds to the dominance of Node across the internet.
The fact that Node.js is open source makes it all that more appealing to software developers who want to create their own variants and forks. In fact, there are a fairly decent number of frameworks that have been built based on Node.js, each with its own characteristics that make it attractive for certain types of application development. Examples of these frameworks include Strongloop’s LoopBack (purchased by IBM), Express.js, Koa.js, and Sail.js.
With every new framework developed from Node.js, the presence of the original Node project is felt with greater intensity. It is fair to make the case that the average consumer interacts with Node.js on a daily basis without even knowing it. If they knew what it is and the fact that it is open source, many would likely be surprised.
Not a Proprietary Beast
Node.js owes its success to the reality that the internet is not a proprietary beast in the same way the desktop is. In other words, desktop and laptop computers these days are dominated almost exclusively by Microsoft and Apple. They determine how end-users use their machines simply by controlling the software being used to do so. But there is no company – not Microsoft, not Apple, not Google – that has a lock on the internet. It belongs to all of us.
The whole concept of Node.js is one of open source software offering developers the freedom to do the kinds of things they want to do without having to worry about a proprietary slave master. And because of that, the internet is a far freer place than the desktop. We are all better off in the reality that open source and Node.js are quietly taking over the online world.