Node.js is quickly growing in popularity – and with great success stories. Companies like Wal-Mart, PayPal and thousands of others around the world are using it, and producing case studies that show just how effective it can be.
In spite of this success, though, there is still an underlying concern about Node.js and whether or not it is ready for prime-time, as a replacement for the current incumbent languages – C#, Java, and even Ruby – in large corporations.
All of this leads to one question:
Is Node.js ready for the enterprise?
In this episode, Peter Lyons and I dive deep into the idea of Node.js in the enterprise. Peter begins by telling of his early career, developing enterprise software for companies such as Hewlett Packard. This, among his other works, has given Peter a strong understanding of enterprise development and production needs, providing great insight into – and appreciation of – the flexibility of Node.js.
From there, we hash out the differences between Node.js and Ruby on Rails, Java, etc, discussing what makes Node.js so flexible and unique.
But, this is just the tip of the iceberg, regarding large companies and newer technologies like Node. What about security, and integration with existing systems?
Peter talks about libraries like “Helmet”, and how it improves the security of our applications, including the flaws and advantages that come with it.
He also covers the basics of OWASP – a project dedicated to security – and JSON Web Tokens (“JWT”) for integration; what they are, how they can be used in authorization requests, and what makes JWT unique.
Listen and learn from Peter Lyons in this interview, and shed light on the important aspects of working with Node.js in the enterprise.
You can find Peter’s blog at www.peterlyons.com, and connect with him on twitter at @focusaurus. Peter also spends time on StackOverflow, helping with Node.js questions. And chances are, if you’ve ever posted or read a question about Node.js on StackOverflow, You’ve seen Peter’s work as the #2 answerer and in the top .25% for all subjects.