As an entrepreneur who is looking for a digital partner for the development of their very own application, it can be difficult to follow the technical jargon that’s mentioned in many consultancy meetings and proposals. If you’re not a software developer yourself, the information regarding technical specifications can be complex and difficult to understand. As a company of digital experts, we want to make sure our clients are always on the same page as us, no matter how complex the topic. That’s why we have been taking a deep dive into the technologies and frameworks our development team at Lizard Global works with on a daily basis. This week, we’re having a look at our MERN tech stack, and the programming language NodeJS in particular.
The tech stack of MERN
Reading an object from database and sending it to the browser (Node & MongoDB)
MERN has a large supporting community. It’s usually easy to find a solution for various problems that appear during the development process and documentation is widely available. It also has a low learning curve, which means that developers don’t have to spend months studying the languages and frameworks before being able to start working with them. Another important point to mention is that all these technologies are open source and free, which reduces the complexity of licensing.
NodeJS is an asynchronous language, which means that it can do more than one thing at the same time. For example, the language can fetch a network request and work on other tasks simultaneously while waiting for the response. NodeJS also implements the revolutionary concept of so-called “two-way web communication”. While classically only the browser could request information from the server, now the server can also notify the browser, allowing it to be used to build real-time applications.
NodeJS in MERN
Defining backend routes on the server (Express & Node)
Node Package Manager
We can’t talk about NodeJS without mentioning NPM - node package manager. It’s the world's largest software registry and also happens to be open-source. It lets us easily install and integrate modules to our application that was already developed and published by other developers, saving incredible amounts of development time. For example, if you need a tool to handle and format dates, you don’t have to write it from scratch. Instead, you can find an NPM module for this purpose and build on that. ReactJS and ExpressJS are also integrated into our software via NPM.
Importing open-source NPM packages to the software (NodeJS)
All in all, NodeJS offers numerous benefits. Let’s have a look at the most notable advantages:
- Highly scalable and suitable to build big applications without losing quality
- Flexible to efficiently accommodate changes, great for MVP development
- Fast and agile
- Low learning curve (easy to learn)
- Large online community and access to helpful information
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Want to know more about our tech stack at Lizard Global and how we make sure your solution is always following the latest advancements in technology? Get in touch with our experts! Are you still looking for a digital partner for the technical development of your very own application? We’d love to hear more about your innovative ideas, so give us a call and let’s schedule a meeting!