What is a Node Framework?
A Node.js framework is an abstract design, built out of Node.js, that symbolizes the control flow of the framework’s design. So, it is sort of like the skeleton of a program within which the customized codes you write will make up as the meat that completes the program. For every Node.js function, there are some generic implementations, which are framework-specific and require the user to follow the lead of the framework by adding additional codes to define its use case.
Benefits of Node Framework
- Easy scalability – One of the main advantages of Node.js is that you can easily scale the applications in horizontal and vertical directions. Moreover, you can also add extra resources to the single nodes during the vertical scaling of the application.
- Easy to learn – As a developer, you can easily use the same language both for the front end and back end scripting easily increased the quick adoption. Additionally, it’s not just easy to learn the language it is also lost time-consuming.
Selecting a Node Framework
Selecting a framework may be a challenge since a lot of it depends upon subjectivity, we would choose a network based on the features we prefer. These features include the speed of the framework on the application, weight, learning curve, simplicity, flexibility, and configuration, use case, etc.
We will help you to shortlist the best frameworks out there and then you can choose for yourself.
Express.js was created by TJ Holowaychuk, one of the members of the central Node project team. Due to the large community on the framework, you will get constant updates on all the features. This is a minimalist framework that is used to build numerous mobile applications and APIs. Its robust API allows you to configure routes to send and receive requests between the front-end and the database. Express.js has proven itself over time and its popularity is worth the hype with its easy to use methods and functionalities. Another great advantage of the express is how it supports a lot of other packages and template engines such as Mustache, Pug, EJS, etc.
Meteor is a full-stack JS platform for creating and developing web and mobile applications. Its major advantage is its real-time update meaning that as changes are made to the web app, it automatically updates the template with the latest changes. Certainly, one of the most popular frameworks in the Node.js arena. Backed by a robust community of tutorials, developers, and custom packages, this framework is used to create some great web and mobile applications for JS only.
This is an MVC framework that has become very popular within the Node.js community. The framework has gained traction through the development of multi-player games (MPG), chat applications, and dashboards however, it is most popular for building data-driven APIs. Sails bundle waterlines and ORM that make it compatible with almost all databases, which in turn provide a huge number of community projects. This framework utilizes Express.js for handling all HTTP requests and is built on Node.js. Its compatibility with Grunt modules such as Stylus, LESS, CoffeeScript, SASS, Jade, Dust makes Sails.js the perfect candidate for browser-based apps.
Hapi is a robust and effective framework that is used for developing APIs. It was first introduced by Mr. Eran Hammer in 2011 at a Black Friday sale at Walmart. The advanced plugin system along with various important features such as configuration-based functionality, error handling, input validation, implement caching, logging, and more make Hapi one of the most popular frameworks in the market. It is used for building applications and providing technology solutions by several large-scale companies.
Koa.js, made by the same team that made Express.js is almost like an extension of Express.js.What makes Koa unique is that it uses some interestingECMAScript (ES6) techniques that are not even available in some browsers yet. It allows you to work without callbacks while providing you with an immense increase in error handling. Created in 2013, this next-gen framework is an interesting preference because he makes the process of writing web applications and REST APIs more pleasurable. It is an expressive middleware for Node.js that uses generators. The limited use of callbacks makes the generators a more effective methodology of error mitigation.
It would be challenging to assume that anyone’s particular framework is the absolute best however these options would help you narrow your options. Once again, the selection of the framework is to a certain degree a subjective process and the decision would depend upon your preferences. Lastly, it would be best to understand that this space is swamped with constant diversity. As a result, the features of these frameworks are always evolving, and so are your expectations and preferences. However, you must also figure which one suits you the best and then go take a decision.
What do you think is the best the node.js framework and why? Do you think there should be other options to this list? Let us know.
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