Node.js is the most popular framework in the world – but why?

Node.JS is an open source JavaScript server environment that runs the JavaScript code on the server side.  It’s ideal for fast, lightweight, real-time web applications such as audio and video streaming, browser games, chats, collaboration tools, social media, time trackers, and much much more.

It’s speed, scalability and high performance are ultimately the main reason that some of the most renowned companies choose to use Node.js.

Companies such as LinkedIn, FaceBook, Uber, PayPal and Netflix, to name but a few, chose this technology stack to build their platforms in order to ensure they deliver a premium, high performance and reliable user experience, every single time.

Node.js is pure JavaScript, so its basics remain simple for developers to learn and is a better choice if your focus is on high performance, scalable web applications and website developments.


We often get asked which is better, Node.js or PHP?

The answer to that is quite simple. Neither is better than the other. It essentially comes down to the scope of work requirements, budget and timing.


PHP is a server side scripting language that is ideal to develop Static websites or Dynamic websites or Web applications. It is great for developments with large amounts of data and, like Node.js, its open source. It has relatively low development and maintenance costs versus high performance and reliability.

For a Node.js project you are looking at longer lead time on delivery than PHP and on average a cost of 30% more than a PHP development (subject to each individual project requirement).

Both PHP and Nodes.js are used to build websites and both are run on server-side. However, some Developers prefer PHP because it is easier to pick up than a Node.js and features an integrated database.

One is not better than the other though. It really just comes down to what you want to achieve, your budget and your time frame.


Why did Uber Choose Node.js?

As you can imagine, the requirements for Uber’s matching system is fairly onerous. The amount of supply notifications for drivers and demand requests from passengers is enormous. And, the ride request helps to choose the driver through a unique matchmaking process.

All the drivers are stored in a geospatial database that is continuously updated by each active driver on the network as they move around the city.

Uber needed a system to be reliable both to passengers and drivers and named the 3 key reasons for choosing Node.JS:

  • Ability to process very large amounts of data quickly and reliably
  • Convenient error analysis and quick code deployment
  • Ongoing improvement of the technology because of the open source community

As a result, Uber now can process over 2 million remote procedure calls per second. Pretty phenomenal when you think about it!

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We use the power of Mobile, Web, Analytics, Cloud, and Digital technologies to unlock the potential of businesses across many different verticals.

Our talented team of senior developers are experienced in PHP, Node.js, Python, Reactive Native, JavaScript front-end designers CSS3, W3C HTML5, Vue.Js, React.Js, Bootstrap, Google Materials, Odoo (ERP), JavaScript Framework, MVC Frameworks, Laravel, CodeIgniter, Symphony, WordPress, OpenCart, Magento 1.x/2.x, Shopify, database MySQL and MongoDB.

We work with businesses from Startup stage right through to Enterprise level, our bespoke Software solutions have helped 100’s of businesses in Technology, Education, Healthcare, Property, Financial Services and many more to realise their full potential.

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