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There has been a lot talk lately about the rising popularity of Node.js, but no one expected it would grow this quickly. According to Module Counts, there were about 30,000 NPM (Node Packaged Modules) just a year ago. For comparison’s sake, that’s exactly half of what Maven Central, the fastest growing and most successful of all Java repositories, had at the same time. A huge difference.
Today, NPM modules surpassed Maven Central modules, putting its stake in the ground as the top repository in the world. If you weren’t convinced of the exponential growth of the Node community yet, this news should prove it to you. Node.js has a bright future ahead both inside and outside the enterprise.
What’s interesting to us is that several of the attributes that are making Node so popular also set the stage for enterprise use for managing and exploiting the power of Internet of Things. For example, Node.js can manage the floods of requests from IoT devices and wearables via “streams” which can be processed and monitored efficiently. Node.js also has very low resource requirements, a feature that developers are already looking to exploit in an IoT setting.
From wearables to M2M, Node.js sets itself up as an ideal pairing for IoT. We’re excited to see what’s in store for this growing and passionate community!
Eduardo is a VP of Technology in the Office of the CTO at Progress. His work focuses in strategic initiatives for Progress, technology trends and on Corporate Development. Eduardo is also interested in Technology Adoption and tries to stay in touch with the new waves of developers through Hackathons, internships and other community interactions. Eduardo joined Progress in November 2013; before that he worked at BlackBerry, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Xerox PARC. He has CS degrees from UCB and USB (Venezuela).
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