Transition Partners – Article – Node v. React

The future is bright. The future is serverless. So let’s talk about React and Node and in particular, what does the future look like for these JavaScript libraries?

 

Angular, Node and React – the great three! There’s no denying these technologies have been the hot topics over the last couple of years, specifically Node and React, but as technology is moving forward at an unstoppable pace and developers are having to keep up with the relentless speed of innovation in what continues to be an explosive and burgeoning market, the big question on everyone’s lips at the moment is:

 

“What does the future look like for Node and React – will they remain as relevant and as popular as they are now?”

 

The increasing popularity of these technologies has brought about many changes, so let’s first recap on the pros and cons of React and Node:

React

It’s easy to learn and it’s easy to use, and creating dynamic web applications has become so much easier. Virtual DOM means enhanced performance, greater user experience and speedier updates; it’s more SEO friendly, and it’s easier to test. Reusable components have resulted in huge time savings, and code is far more stable thanks to one-direction data flow. The list goes on…. The disadvantages? Some developers feel that the rapid pace of development and constantly changing environment means quickly and continually having to get to grips with ceaseless updates (although some see this as an advantage). With frequent updates and new releases comes lack of documentation, and many developers find they are having to write their own notes as they go along. Some developers consider JSX to bring forth its own disadvantages (despite its advantage as a syntax extension), mainly due to its complexity and steep learning curve. Word on the street has it, however, that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. 

 

Node

There’s no denying that node is a robust technology stack that has been a game changer since its release in 2009, and when used for backend development it offers all the pros of full stack JavaScript development (efficiency, code sharing and reuse, speed, performance etc). It’s incredibly fast, and is an excellent example of scalable technology for microservices. It offers seamless JSON support and boasts a rich ecosystem with npm being its default package manager. What’s not to love? Well, it has been said that there are performance bottlenecks with heavy computation tasks, and there have been reported issues with the so-called ‘callback hell’. Also, whilst many tools in the npm registry are extremely mature and reliable, there are apparently some that are pretty immature and not so reliable. Again however, a popular opinion is that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, and with Node being such an in demand skill that not many people have mastered at engineer level, professionals with this skillset are highly sought after. 

 

So what are the predictions for the future? What are the reasons to believe Node and React will still be the cool kids on the block in 2020 and beyond?

 

According to the 2019 survey by Stack Overflow, JavaScript has retained its position in first place in ‘Programming, Scripting and Markup languages’ as voted by 69.7% of the professional developers surveyed. Most impressively, 74.5% of professional developers voted for React as ‘Most Loved’ in the Web Frameworks section of the survey, and 72.1% listed Node as ‘Most Loved’ under ‘Other frameworks, Libraries & Tools.’

These figures speak volumes, and it’s pretty safe to say that any investment in learning these technologies will not be wasted, as they’re unlikely to be obsolete in the near future – if anything, demand appears to be increasing, and React and Node continue to rank as the technologies developers most want to work with if they do not do so already. 

With the release of Node.js 12 and 13, it has proved to be the gift that keeps on giving with its impressive lineup of exciting improvements and new features, and it continues to be a popular choice for building microservices. Node and React are certainly the most crowd pleasing JavaScript technologies amongst professional developers, and as the hype continues to grow, so does the demand for experienced developers with such skills.

From its thriving community to the commitment and ambition of its core developers, it’s safe to say this is as good a time as any – if not the best time – to learn React and Node.

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February 9, 2021