Why use ExpressJS over NodeJS for Server-Side Development?
- ExpressJS is a prebuilt NodeJS framework that can help you in creating server-side web applications faster and smarter.
- In short, ExpressJS did for NodeJS what Bootstrap did for HTML/CSS and responsive web design.
- ExpressJS is hands down the most famous NodeJS framework- so much so that when most people talk about NodeJS they surely mean NodeJS+ExpressJS.
- The combination of AngularJS, ExpressJS, and NodeJS may now seem to sound interesting.
Until NodeJs came into picture.
It made server-side JS coding possible. Not only did rock the world of traditional LAMP based web-development, it almost took over all other LAMP server APIs in terms of performance. NodeJS is powerful, it is flexible, and it is relatively easy to code. But for those who wanted something less complicated, simpler, not as powerful but faster, the ExpressJS framework was invented.
What is ExpressJs?
ExpressJS is a prebuilt NodeJS framework that can help you in creating server-side web applications faster and smarter. Simplicity, minimalism, flexibility, scalability are some of its characteristics and since it is made in NodeJS itself, it inherited its performance as well.
In short, ExpressJS did for NodeJS what Bootstrap did for HTML/CSS and responsive web design.
It made coding in NodeJS a piece of cake and gave programmers some additional features to extend their server-side coding. ExpressJS is hands down the most famous NodeJS framework- so much so that when most people talk about NodeJS they surely mean NodeJS+ExpressJS.
NodeJS is powerful in terms of performance. Now imagine combining this performance with ease of coding. Well you don’t have to imagine it because it’s already here in the form of ExpressJS.
Now I can go all day explaining why NodeJS is good and ExpressJS is even better. I can even elaborate in lengths the merits of ExpressJS features over NodeJS. But in the end the only important reason is ease of coding.
The combination of AngularJS, ExpressJS, and NodeJS may now seem to sound interesting. You have completely given up your dependency on LAMP languages, with the exception of MySQL database. But since we have been setting new trends in web based app development, why use an old database built? Let’s go for something better, something easier, robust and without the hassle of a complicated database schema language. Let’s go for MongoDB.
Let’s build a complete technology stack using latest high level programming languages and database structure namely MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, NodeJS. And this is what is more popularly known as MEAN stack. And this is where we shall be heading towards in our next article scheduled for publishing next week.
Performance is a huge complex topic and I believe there’s actually no language or framework that “just make things work” without knowing a lot of theory and applying specific domain and language optimisations and best practices.