5 reasons why your next eCommerce application needs to be built on Node.js

Developed earlier as a scripting language for UI development, JavaScript today is the favorite programming language of many. JavaScript has the ability to be a front-end scripting language as well as an efficient language for server-side programming too. That’s where Node.js comes into the picture.

Built by Google on its Chrome V8 JavaScript engine Node.js is capable of running on almost every platform: Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Mac OS X.
The reason why it’s used for both server-side and front end scripting is that it works on an event-driven non-blocking I/O model, which is capable of writing both on server-side and client-side applications.
That’s not it, Node.js also collect data from forms, and perform database operations without changing the syntax.

While PHP still being one of the biggest competitors having WordPress, Magento, PrestaShop, Shopify, and OpenCart under it’s wings there is much about Node.js that makes Node.js shopping carts more simple, versatile, faster and scalable. Let’s see how.

1. Node.js is modern with an up-to-date code base

In comparison to other ecommerce technologies Node.js is still one of the new born, it means that the code base is modern and in alignment with the latest coding standards.

For example, PHP’s LAMP stack is more complex than the MEAN or MERN stacks. The MEAN stack and MERN stack use updated tools, latest security methods, and a huge base library.

2. Node.js uses a faster NoSQL instead of a relational database

Node.js works well with both SQL and NoSQL databases like. It executes the queries using graph-based database systems like Neo4j. In addition to that, it’s also compatible with JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), which makes it work even without SQL.

Node.js offers the advantage that you don’t need to switch between different database syntaxes for executing front-end and back-end queries. You can use the same Node.js syntax on the server side and database that you use for client-side scripting. This also makes the NoSQL database non-relational database, which is, faster than other relational databases.

3. Node.js makes system lightning fast with asynchronous compiling

The fact that Node.js allows for asynchronous code compilation makes it ten times faster than it’s counterparts. It means the JavaScript engine compiles your whole program at once and does not wait for the prevailing lines to execute in a defined sequence.

With NPM, any Node.js projects become lightweight as you can always re-use code from the repository instead of adding a new one.

4. Functional inheritance in Node.js is quick and adaptable

The functional inheritance is easier to implement in Node.js than PHP’s prototypical inheritance. It is easier in Node.js to bind the methods to their instances. Functional inheritance with Node.js gives a better performance benchmark and helps you avoid the redundant calling of methods.

5. NPM’s online repository makes it resourceful yet lightweight

Node.js has a built-in support for package management using the npm tool that comes by default with every Node.js installation. The npm modules are a set of publicly available, reusable components, available through easy installation via an online repository, with version and dependency management.

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