Node.js (or Node) a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient. The fact that it is I/O driven makes it ideal to for applications that are workflow or event driven, and especially for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The Movinture application platform is built on Node.js. Node.js is, in grand scheme of things, still very young. It was created by Ryan Dahl in 2009, and has never looked back since then. Here are the reasons to choose Node.js, and continue investing in it:

  1. Event-driven, Non-blocking I/O Model: The first reason is right there in what Node is – “non-blocking I/O” – it makes it efficient and highly performant for IoT Applications.
  2. Open Source: Node.js is an open-source juggernaut. Yes, a juggernaut. The future of Node seemed rocky just a couple of years back (and after we had selected) when a group of Node developers and contributors forked the Node.js source to form IO.js (look at that the name says it all!). It was few tense months for us as a small startup. However sanity prevailed, and IO.js and Node.js merged together as one under the Node.js Foundation.
  3. Industry Scale: Node is used by startups, makers, hackers all the way to the industry heavyweights such as Walmart, LinkedIn, Microsoft, PayPal, Yahoo, Netflix, Uber, Intel, IBM, RedHat etc. Take a look at the impressive list of the Node.js Foundation Members here:
  4. NPM: There is no descriptive words to describe this reason. NPM is a package manager for Javascript (and Node). It boasts to be one of the largest repositories of software in the world – it is massive!
  5. Scalable and Portable: Node, in part of the work done to port V8 and libuv – can run on small platforms like the Tessel 2, Raspberry Pi (all models), Beaglebone (Beaglebone was a pioneer to bring Node to embedded platforms) etc. Samsung ported and helped create Node.js environment for embedded systems. ARM processors power embedded systems, devices, things, and sensors – and the support for running Node on ARM platforms and processors rivals Intel architecture. Needless to say it runs on all kinds of Edge Devices – Gateways, Concentrators, Routers – in fact any platform that supports Linux is likely to support Node. What this implies is that building a distributed software system across your workflow especially in IoT – Node and Javascript enable to your to build a complete end to end application. This capability also allows for running “cloud” apps on the edge without Internet connectivity. This is tremendously useful in use-cases such as Healthcare (performing surgeries or medical checkups) and requiring a system that can work without being connected to the Internet.
  6. Developers: Javascript is the most popular programming technology – in fact it is #1 ranked by Stack Overflow, with Angular coming in at 5th place and followed by Node at 8th. Keep in mind that Node did not exist before 2009.

Node is ideally suited for end to end IoT Applications, and Movinture can provide you applications crafted specifically for your use cases and requirements.