In fact, industry giants like eBay, LinkedIn, Groupon, Uber, and Netflix have been choosing Node.js over other solutions for building web applications.
So how does this newbie on the developer scene compare to a strong language like Java? Read on to find out.
Java is a general-purpose, object-oriented, platform-independent, portable, and robust interpreted programming language, whichwas designed to be used in the distributed environment of the Internet. Java code can run on any Java Virtual Machine, which offers developers a lot of flexibility. Today, you will find Java in web, mobile, and enterprise applications – but also in smart cards, games, embedded systems, and even robotics.
If you're choosing between Java and Node.js, here are the key pros and cons you should take into account.
When to choose Java?
Applications that are CPU intensive or CPU bound will benefit from Java. The same goes for applications with a vast code base – since Java provides strongly typed sources, refactoring it and bug fixing will be more straightforward during its maintenance. If your application uses RDBMS (Relational Database Management System), Java will be a great pick – it includes tools that provide multi-database support for object-relational mapping to make configuration easier when you switch to another database.
When to choose it
Node.js is perfect for web apps, mobile apps, real-time applications (instant messaging, live chat), online gaming apps, e-commerce transaction software, and much more. It's also a good choice if you're dealing with microservice architecture, which can lay the foundation for advanced systems – bear in mind that apps like Netflix or Uber were built using Node.js.
However, in a real-world scenario, picking Node.js for your web application makes more sense.
It's just faster and more scalable than Java, when it comes to web apps. It also offers top performance. The growth of Node.js among the industry giants indicates its versatility too. Node.js is far more than an application framework – it's also used in corporate data software, rapid application modernisation projects, and IoT solutions.
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