Every time a new web development platform is introduced, the tech media goes into a tailspin of excitement. Software developers soon follow, being well-known for their penchant to pursue bleeding edge before it’s really advisable. So no one was surprised by the feeding frenzy that resulted when NodeJS was first released in 2009. There were stories all over the web of Full-Stack developers jumping ship just to go work for companies that decided to embrace NodeJS.

More than seven years after its initial release, the framework is still as strong as it has ever been. Its biggest advantage could be the very thing that powers the Internet of Things (IoT) in the very near future – more on that in a minute.

The power of the NodeJS framework is its ability to handle thousands of simultaneous connections in a single thread. If you don’t know what that means, the easiest way to understand its significance is to realize that single-thread connections make for faster performance due to fewer constraints on RAM. This feature was important enough to motivate PayPal to switch its payment processing app to the platform a number of years ago.

Performance Is No Longer a Question

PayPal embracing NodeJS development was met with quite a bit of skepticism when they first made the leap. In fact, numerous tech reporters picked apart their benchmarking reports to see if they could find any holes. The tech world was not yet ready to embrace the idea that NodeJS could increase performance for certain kinds of applications that were not CPU heavy. However, not everyone was a detractor.

Walmart was among one of the early adopters of NodeJS in the retail world. They saw what the framework did for PayPal, and they followed suit. How did it work out? Very well, indeed.

NodeCrunch’s Cian Ó Maidín reported back in 2014 on Walmart’s launch of NodeJS. According to the retail giant, they served some 200 million users on Black Friday 2013 without their servers exceeding 1% of CPU capacity. That is impressive no matter how you look at it. It’s as impressive as PayPal being able to reduce response times by 35% even in the midst of doubling the number of traffic requests.

The reality is that the performance of NodeJS is no longer questioned. It is a proven framework for creating web applications requiring heavy traffic but without access blocking and heavy CPU requirements.

NodeJS and the IoT

It has taken a long time to get to talking about the IoT, but it was necessary to lay the groundwork first. With all of that taken care of, let us talk about how NodeJS could be the most important thing for the future of the IoT.

The IoT is that collection of devices that cross-communicate throughout the digital world via the internet. It not only includes things such as laptop computers and smartphones, but it also includes appliances, home electronics, GPS devices, cars, and on and on. NodeJS is the ideal platform for it because most of the devices connected through the IoT don’t need access to a lot of resources. They simply need to make a connection, transmit a small amount of data, and get off.

Node.JS development is ideal because it is fast and simple enough to create workable apps that can service the IoT without any fuss. The strengths of the platform will make the IoT stronger while its weaknesses will have a minimal impact on the IoT’s limited environment. It’s so obvious that any web developer should be able to recognize it.