Top Companies using Node JS

The world has an insatiable appetite for new and better apps. Applications are no longer a thing of the past. Instead, they have become the current trend – where everybody from businessmen to individuals have been relying upon them. Whether it’s for shopping, streamlining business, booking flights, ordering food, and much more, we can say that apps are dominating the market right now and will continue to do so in the near future.

Additionally, 23% of users drop an app after just one use. Overall,  it’s easy to get caught up in cool, new technology and mobile apps while forgetting about the user but it’s just a passing fad. You need to be extra careful as even the most successful apps, those featuring remarkable user experiences and business transforming results, aren’t created overnight. Fortunately, we have frameworks or platforms such as Node js. Over a span of time Node.js is so popular, quite a few major business enterprises are well-acquainted with the software. All you need to consider is some of the best Node.js practices.  

Popular companies using Node.js today includes – LinkedIn, Netflix, UberTrello, PayPal, NASA, eBay, Medium, Groupon, Walmart, Mozilla, Go Daddy, and many more for developing search engine friendly portals.

1. Define Node js

Being an open-source cross platform runtime environment that executes JavaScript code, Node js enables software developers to test and debug their code in a virtual domain. Developed in 2009, today nodejs developers are found using server-side scripting to manifest dynamic web pages. Server-side scripting works by running user requests on the server-side, or web server, rather than on the client-side, or web browser.

You see, server-side scripting empowers developers to dismiss the often overloaded presence of browser plugins and technology by simply relying solely on the web server.

Also, the popularity of Node applications has grown to a great extent . Some of the major reasons here are – it’s  extremely lightweight and high flexibility. Since 2009 when Node.js was introduced into the developer world, its popularity has wildly grown. In Github, Node.js has 75.9k stars, 19k forks, and 3k watchers. In Stack share, it has 71.8k followers and 8.3k votes. These numbers alone can show how popular Node.js is. Popular tech giants like Microsoft and Netflix use Node.js in their Tech Stack. You might be wondering why these companies are  using node.js? there are two reasons i.e. Maintain Live Connections with servers and orchestrate a huge number of information about services.

2. Advantages of Node js

2.1 Easy to Use

Unlike other frameworks, building apps with Node js is quite a seamless ride. It’s easy to learn. Though you’ll want professional Node js developers to help you work on the software for your business, accessibility plays a large role in why developers choose to learn Node.js in the first place.

Previous mastery of JavaScript and object-oriented programming is a must. And that requires seasoned developers. But after surpassing that threshold, developers will be relieved to know they can start doing what they came here for – programming.

2.2 Simple

Node.js is a fan of the ‘JavaScript everywhere’ paradigm, there is no need to switch programming languages between back-end and front-end development.

Most programming projects use tech stacks that require 2-4 different programming languages, frameworks, libraries, and whatever else to account for a variety of development needs including databases, front-end development, and back-end development.

2.3 Fast

Most projects built using Node.js hit the market at a faster rate than otherwise. In a nutshell, programming in a Node js environment is way faster and easier. Ultimately, this reduces the time spent in development and the overall time-to-market.

Businesses look at faster release times advantageously. This is because they can get immediate feedback and make meaningful updates. According to a Stack Overflow report, Node.js is the absolute leader in the technology world with 50.4% so what makes it so popular? it provides a 68% increase in Developer productivity and reduces the average response time by 35%.

2.4 Scalability

Another advantage of using Node.js as your development platform is scalability. The feature is built into the very heart of Node.js. Companies that use Node.js have a need for scalable software in order to plan for business growth.

Node js as a development platform has the potential to handle several concurrent connections. Another useful feature of Node.js is load balancing which is the process of distributing tasks competently amongst resources. 

This occurs when the load balancer receives incoming requests and sends them off to the server most capable of fulfilling them.

2.5 Large Community

Again speaking of accessibility, whether you are a techie or a non-techie, you will soon realize the fact that Node js has the most accessible software, often has the largest open source community The benefit of a large open-source community is lots of support and feedback.

3. Global Companies Using Node.js

3.1 Netflix

Of course, Netflix doesn’t require any introduction, we all know what it is. After all, it is one of the leading platforms that has reached 130 million subscribers in June 2018. Henceforth, it does require an extremely scalable solution to handle all the requests and approx. 1 billion hours of weekly video data streaming.

Even though Netflix used Node.JS to an extent as they started out, they were using the NodeQuark infrastructure at the beginning. In 2015, Netflix  was using Java for backend development that could not catch up with frontend, which caused higher load time and so the development teams thought  of shifting to some other tech stack.

NodeQuark was supposed to handle some data and a large user base well but was not ideal for a larger amount of data, which the Netflix team would need after their change. That is why they made the choice to use NodeJS. Slowly and steadily it became possible for them to provide an incredibly fast application for much of their customer’s delight.

Till date,  Node js development has remained one of their best choices throughout their growth and development.

3.2 PayPal – Enhanced Performance

Another interesting go-to online platform for making electronic payments is paypal. The platform uses Node.js to build user-facing content. The PayPal software team likes that Node.js empowers developers to build both server-side and client-side with JavaScript.

It unifies the developer experience in a way that is helpful to the development process. You see, back in 2013, it made a decision to migrate from Java development to JavaScript and Node.js. This resulted in 200ms faster page response time and doubled the number of requests they could handle per second.

3.3 Trello

Trello (a project management tool)  is one of the best visual collaboration tools being used across the world to organize business processes. In comparison to Slack and G Suite, Trello takes the third place. It is a well-known tool among startups and companies that rely on cooperation. Over 1.1 million users visit Trello every day and 150,000 join Trello every week.

Having Trello’s server side built  with Node js, Developers stated that Node.js is a great prototyping tool for single-page applications. Also, it turned out to be a good choice for a lot of open connections and instant propagation of updates.

3.4 Uber

It may quite interest you to know that Uber was one of the first 3 companies to use Node js development. The main reason behind making such a choice was asynchrony, their ability to process large amounts of data almost instantly, clean code, and the cost to implement it. The app drastically improved its performance, processed information quickly, boosted up the operational speed of the application and the errors could be addressed immediately without requiring a restart, all because of the tech choice of using Node.js.

The transportation network company today is best known for their ride-hailing taxi app. Implementing a different business model, the company changed transportation forever.

Today, Uber is available in 85 countries and over 900 cities worldwide, completing more than 14 million trips every day.  

3.5 GoDaddy

Go Daddy is an American publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company. In 2019, GoDaddy had 19 million customers and over 9,000 employees worldwide. In fact, the company’s entire backend and website builder platform is based on Node.js infrastructure. Initially, it was written using C# and SQL Server later changed to Node.js.

By migrating towards Node js development, it  enjoys 10 times fewer servers, hosting the customer websites, writing  unit and integration tests easily, and deploying  new features immediately. Furthermore, the Time To First Byte (TTFB) from ~60ms to approximately ~12ms.

3.6 eBay

eBay now has 175mln buyers as of July 2018th and requires not only scalable but fast and reliable solutions. Most of the eBay stack is Java-based, but they’re also keen to adopt new technologies to develop  their eBay specific services and that’s when JavaScript and Node.js came on board and their whole deployment setup became quick and simple.

Since eBay revolves around Java and since Java is a strongly typed static language, initially it was very difficult to convince folks to use JavaScript on the backend. The numerous questions involved ensuring type safety, handling errors, scaling, etc. In addition, JavaScript itself (being the world’s most misunderstood language) further fueled the debate. To address concerns, we created an internal wiki and invited engineers to express their questions, concerns, doubts, or anything else about Node.js.

3.7 Medium

The medium platform is based on a service-oriented architecture. The main app servers are written in Node.js, which gives an important opportunity for code sharing between the server and the client. The choice of Node.js for Medium back-end is associated with some performance drawbacks because, in some cases, the event loop is blocked and there was also a need felt for big data management.

In any case, Node.js is the best available choice for back end, and it does work its magic for Medium. Despite any development difficulties, Medium has grown into one of the most powerful, popular, and user-friendly blog platforms worldwide.

3.8 NASA – Node.js Helps Even in Space

The word space itself is comprehensive. Every system used behind it should grant as much security to people in the vast and unfriendly vacuum as it is possible. According to Node.js Foundation case study, NASA decided to migrate to Node.js  and here’s what it helped them to achieve:

The system it is creating uses a microservices architecture with separate APIs and applications built in Node.js to move data related to the EVA spacesuits from three separate legacy databases to a single cloud database (NASA’s developers found it important to move data into cloud database to shorten access timelines). Now users can query that one database for everything, reducing the time to access a comprehensive set of data by about 300 percent.

There was also one more reason why NASA decided to migrate to Node.js. A dangerous incident took place where one of their astronauts nearly lost his/her life due to unreliable data hosted in several locations.

3.9 LinkedIn & NodeJS

Another amazing example of Node js is LinkedIn, which changed to NodeJS from Ruby on Rails. Their reason was performance. In other words, they had lagging problems with the latter when just barely 8% of their users were connected to their mobile app, this was the key  reason why Linkedin developers decided to shift to a new option.

Rails/Eventmachine, Python/Twisted, Node Js are the best options they could think of. Some of the crucial benefits offered by Node js are: 

  • The new mobile app is twenty times faster at startup time  than Rails in some cases
  • It only uses three servers instead of thirty and the traffic capacity of the app works  3-10 times faster.
  • Front-end JavaScript developers could deal with back-end coding as well, making it possible to merge their teams. The server side was build using node.js

Node showed the developers that it could offer huge performance gains compared to what they were using before. Also  the mobile app needed to talk to the Medium Platform API and database, this requirement was also taken into account by the use of Node.js .

3.10 Mozilla & NodeJS

Mozilla Firefox is a popular web browser. Many of its web apps use Node.js because of its memory capacity and for the ease of use involved in being able to keep everything in a single JavaScript repository . Mozilla uses  node for reducing the memory footprint and for supporting its Half a million users. The development teams encountered several challenges while implementing Node. It  was not easy, but in the end, they could get everything under one repository.

4. Conclusion

Some other companies using Node.JS for their mobile app are Twitter Lite, PayPal, Citi bank (makes use of node for mobile services), Walmart (for handling concurrent requests), Yahoo (Yahoo started using it after Node’s initial release in 2009, at the beginning it used Node for performing simple backend tasks like file upload, Yahoo products are SPA’s or site using Node.js and Yahoo’s blog confirmed that 75% of their Web Applications are node-powered) they use it with the purpose of sustaining/ maintaining live connections with servers, all these features and other benefits that are offered by Node js are offered by very few other languages. There are more companies that make use of Node for UI development (User Interface development) too. So that’s all for now! I hope now you are  convinced by the fact that companies using node.js are having a competitive advantage compared to other technology  being used.

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Itesh Sharma

Itesh Sharma is core member of Sales Department at TatvaSoft. He has got more than 6 years of experience in handling the task related to Customer Management and Project Management. Apart from his profession he also has keen interest in sharing the insight on different methodologies of software development.

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