It has been an exciting year so far for Node! Not only has there been tremendous adoption by Node in the enterprise, but in the last week we’ve also seen Node v0.12 finally get released plus the Node project officially move into a foundation with an open governance model.
Node adoption in the enterprise is growing fast
- API servers – the “glue” that connects devices and apps to data
- Internet of things (IoT) – the exponential rise of connected devices
- Web – HTTP servers and single page apps
Companies who have gone public about their Node usage or are actively recruiting developers to work on Node projects include some surprising names. Companies like:
- Whole Foods Market
- Best Buy
- Wells Fargo
Node is enterprise open source
Mature, successful open source projects used by big companies rely on open governance and boards made up of large users and core contributors. As of today, Node project has been moved to a foundation administered by the Linux Foundation. A few of the foundation’s board members include:
- and more…
We’ve always believed an independent foundation would help mainstream innovations in Node sooner, give developers and organizations the confidence to continue to invest development resources in Node. This would launch a virtuous cycle accelerating the popularity and growth of Node even further. The future for Node is incredibly bright and we are excited to collaborate with members of the foundation to drive its continued success.
Node v0.12 has been released
Two years in the making, Node v0.12 was finally released last week which made available big improvements to performance and scalability. Here’s what’s new in v0.12:
- Round-robin clustering – more efficient, scalable Node clusters
- Performance and optimization – faster Node applications
- Profiling APIs – improved memory management
- Multi-context – run multiple instances in a single process
- execSync – synchronous API for child processes
- Debugging clustered apps – with Node Inspector
For a complete overview of what’s new, check out the comprehensive “New Features in Node.js v0.12” page.
Node skills are in demand
The number of Node professionals is growing fast to keep up with the demand needed for the delivery of enterprise projects.
- There are over 482 groups and over 128,000 members who participate in Node.js Meetups worldwide.
- There are over 100,000 Linkedin members who have listed Node.js as a skill.
- According to Indeed.com, Node.js job growth is growing faster than Java and other languages.
- More Node development happens during business hours vs weekends, indicative of the predominant use of Node on commercial projects. Downloads from npm get 200% more volume during the work week than on weekends.