Even if ASP.NET has established a strong presence among industry leaders over the years, Node.js is quickly gaining traction as a viable alternative. Successful enterprises such as LinkedIn, Groupon, Uber, Netflix, and Ebay recently took advantage of Node.js in building their solutions.
No wonder: Node.js is versatile, packed with ready-made libraries, and scalable – offering developers great flexibility, performance, and stability of enterprise application development services.
According to the Stack Overflow Developer Survey Results 2020, Node.js figures as the most popular solution in the Frameworks, Libraries, and Tools category.
And you can be sure that if the large players adopt Node.js, more people will become attracted to it. Once smaller companies get a hold of the technology, we'll see more projects and jobs appearing on the market – and the Node.js community will grow as well.
Interested to know how Node.js stacks up against ASP.NET for enterprise solutions?
In general, Node.js offers fewer abstractions than ASP.NET, allowing developers to write code using a multitude of small components rather than configuring a vast number of parameters. That's why Node.js offers more flexibility in tailoring the code for the solution. Developers also benefit from native and third-party libraries.
ASP.NET includes many conventions that help developers make their code readable and concise. However, diverting from these conventions means manual configuration, which isn’t really hard, but might require more work.
Node.js is an excellent pick for the microservices architecture approach, which offers excellent scalability and stability because its elements are compartmentalized. Have a look a previous post where we explain in detail how your application can benefit from Node.js regarding scalability.
Moreover, Node.js tools such as the PM2 process manager or Rollbar help detect and track errors easily, boosting developers' productivity.
A great example of ASP.NET’s scalability is Stack Overflow, which is written entirely in ASP.NET core. The framework allows for analyzing tons of user data efficiently, and the scaling-up process demands fewer additional machines than you might expect.
One glance at Stack Overflow shows that ASP.NET is surrounded by a broader community of developers. But take a look at the open source projects listed on GitHub and their activity, and you might change your mind, because Node.js clearly wins. Both frameworks have substantial and active communities where developers can get a lot of valuable support.
The foundation of Node.js is small, reusable libraries that allow faster development with less code written on your own. Smart developers know that these packages differ in quality, but still contribute to and benefit from the practice of building and sharing these libraries.
The new ASP.NET core makes a decent scalable framework with many out-of-the-box solutions that help developers boost their speed.
Developers can make ASP.NET work with tools such as Sublime or Mono Develop – however, Visual Studio, ReSharper, and Web Essentials are the standard.
ASP.NET core 1 & 2 also allow Visual Studio Code or Rider. Thanks to excellent code analysis support and comprehensive editors/IDEs, developing, refactoring and debugging is fast and easy.
You can develop in Node.js using every text editor, but choosing Webstorm (IDE for Node.js) is a smart move that ultimately leads to higher productivity as Node.js has strong support from Webstorm.
ASP.NET applications can be hosted on Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Heroku. Developers can also take advantage of the integration with Docker. There are fewer choices for Node.js, and some developers simply set up Linux web servers.
50% of respondents in the Node.js 2017 User Survey pointed to improved application performance in comparison to other solutions.
The latest version of ASP.NET core 2.0 is 15% faster than the first edition, which was already several times faster than the old Windows-based version, making it the fastest option among widespread mainstream web frameworks.