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And Just Like Punk Rock, Node.Js Has Gone Mainstream

Node Interactive has wrapped up for another year, and the 2017 event was another success. Held in Vancouver, B.C Canada, the event ran from October 4-6, 2017. The attendees were there to learn more about Node.Js and there was a lot for them to digest! Well, we don’t have space to give all the keynotes but all I can sum up in a single line is that Node.js is Strong and Growing. Yes, each and every day there are more than 8.8 million Node instances online, and the number has grown by 800,000 in the last nine months alone. With each week passing by there are more than 3 billion downloads of npm packages. As a result, the number of node.JS contributors has grown from 1,100 contributors last year to more than 1,500 contributors today.

From a User Perspective

If we see from a user perspective, then you will find incredible success with NodeJS for front-end and full stack development. According to the current Node.js User Survey, there has been an incredible feedback found and people have gained an increased understanding of how Node.js is being used. In addition to this, the platform is pretty much fortunate to be getting praise from several reputable third parties. It may also interest you to know that the Battery Ventures Open Source Software Index (Boss Index), has ranked Node.js the 4th most important open source project.

Open Source: 21st Century’s Punk Rock

For those uninitiated in JavaScript development, I sometimes get a blank stare when I say what Node.js is and does. However, NodeJS has started to peak the interest of an incredible list of companies like Airbnb, Lowes, Twitter, LinkedIn – and many others.

And much like punk rock, Node.js has gone mainstream. Nobody could imagine that how a small group of developers and users rise themselves to such a level that is enviable by many mainstream technologies.

The Future of Node.js

One of the most popular in 2017 was Node.js 6 –This move to provide a stable trusted version is one of the steps on the path to encouraging more users to engage with Node.js.

Down below I would like to emphasize upon a broad set of initiatives taken by NodeJS, i.e. grow, engage and educate.

  • Grow- Node.js’ growth has been fairytale-like. But in order to succeed, it needs more and more growth. By growth, I do not mean just in raw numbers but in new industries, companies, and organizations and everything else which helps in building a more diverse developer and user core with a broader perspective.
  • Engage- Going forward means several NodeJS development companies like eTatvaSoft, codebrahma, goodworklabs, think360studio and many more require to engage users not only in GitHub. This can be done through other venues that facilitate communication, like meetups, blogs, and larger events. Afterall, Node.js is one the most used workloads on Google, Microsoft and Amazon’s clouds.
  • Educate- Apart from educating our potential users and developers, we also need to continue to reach out to potential users who aren’t familiar with or as comfortable with open source.

Conclusion

As Node.js moves forward, it’s important to improve while not losing the “indy spirit” that has made us successful. Lastly, It is very important to accept the responsibility that we have in order to keep Node.js sustainable for the millions of users who depend on the technology every day.

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