Top 5 NodeJs Frameworks to Use

Node.js is used to build fast, highly scalable network applications based on an event-driven non-blocking input/output model and single-threaded asynchronous programming.

In this article, we will share the 5 best Node.js frameworks for the developers. Note that this list is not organized in any particular order, just my preference.

1. Express.JS

Express is a minimal and flexible Node.js web application framework that provides a robust set of features for web and mobile applications.

Some of the numerous advantages of Express.js includes:

  • Almost the standard for Node.js web middleware
  • Fully customisable
  • Low learning curve
  • Majorly focused browsers, making templating and rendering an almost out of the box feature.

A good advantage with Express is how it supports a lot of other packages and other template engines such as Pug, Mustache, EJS and a lot more. It has 43.367 stars on Github.

2. Meteor.JS

Second on the list is Meteor.js, an ultra-simple full stack Node.js framework for building modern web and mobile applications. It is compatible with the web, iOS, Android, or desktop. Meteor includes a key set of technologies for building connected-client reactive applications, a build tool, and a curated set of packages from the Node.js and general JavaScript community. For me it is very important to have good documentation, Meteor is very, very good with that, and has a large community.  If you have a big project on your mind, Metero is go-to framework. It has 40.956 stars on Github.

3. Koa.JS

Koa.js is a new web framework built by the developers behind Express and uses ES2017 async functions. Koa is unique in the fact that it uses some really cool ECMAScript(ES6) methods that have not even landed in some browsers yet, it allows you to work without callbacks, while also providing you with an immense increase in error handling. A Koa application is an object containing an array of middleware functions which are composed and executed in a stack-like manner upon request. Koa is growing, very fast. It has 25.740 stars on Github.

4. Sails.JS

Sails makes it easy to build custom, enterprise-grade Node.js apps. Build practical, production-ready Node.js apps in a matter of weeks, not months.  Sails is the most popular MVC framework for Node.js, designed to emulate the familiar MVC pattern of frameworks like Ruby on Rails, but with support for the requirements of modern apps: data-driven APIs with a scalable, service-oriented architecture. Building on top of Sails means your app is written entirely in JavaScript, is compatible with any front-end: Angular, React, iOS, Android.  Sails comes with blueprints that help jumpstart your app’s backend without writing any code. It has 20.421 stars on Github.

5. Loopback.io

LoopBack is a highly-extensible, open-source Node.js framework. It allows you to create your models based on your schema or dynamic models in the absence of a schema.

Key features:

  • Quickly create dynamic end-to-end REST APIs.
  • Connect devices and browsers to data and services.
  • Use Android, iOS, and AngularJS SDKs to easily create client apps.
  • Add-on components for file management, 3rd-party login, and OAuth2.
  • Runs on-premises or in the cloud

I am very impressed with Loopback and I will definitely use it in the next project. It has 12.606 Stars on Github.

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