Since the initial release of Node.js in 2009, this environment has definitely carved its niche in the enterprises. Business giants are using it for their websites and applications, and prove that the hype about Node.js is not a fluke. And, more and more companies are joining the league on their ways to top-notch products. Node.js is definitely winning a marathon now.
Let’s get to the list of big companies using Node.js for their products. But, before we ring the curtain up, let us first look at the biggest strengths of Node.js.
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Alright, let’s now get to the list of the biggest companies that used Node.js in production and see what the reason was behind choosing it.
PayPal is one of the world’s largest and the most trusted services for paying, sending money and accepting payments. The platform allows its users to interact with each other virtually, without involving debit or credit card disclosure. For November 2017, PayPal has over 200 million active accounts.
“Like many others, we slipped Node.js in the door as a prototyping platform. Also like many others, it proved extremely proficient and we decided to give it a go on production.”Jeff Harrel, Senior Director of Payments Products and Engineering at PayPal
Uber is a global transportation company, headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The company is doubling in size every 6 months, operates in 6 continents, 68 countries, 633 cities worldwide. Since its launch in 2012, Uber has become one of the most recognized alternatives to a traditional taxi. Therefore, Uber needs a platform that will keep running no matter what.
Their app connects driver-partners and riders, thus, it has to process enormous amount of information at a fast-growing scale. Uber chose Node.js to build its massive matching system due to its ability to keep up with the pace of Uber’s huge business needs and enhanced data processing capabilities.
“Node.js is particularly well-suited to writing systems that have all their state in memory,” said Kris Kowal, Software Engineer at Uber. “They do not have to externalize the concerns of a distributed system. As a consequence, the systems can be more available, and they can respond more quickly to requests by eliminating the reading/writing and the serialization of state into a database.”
Despite the fact that many consider LinkedIn as old-fashioned and outdated, it is still the most popular business-oriented social network and a convenient tool for successful employment. LinkedIn has 467 million users from over 200 countries. In 2016 Microsoft bought LinkedIn for $26 billion.
LinkedIn decided to replace their synchronous Ruby on Rails mobile app, in which clients used to make several calls for a single page, with an asynchronous evented system. Therefore, they made up their mind on Node.js due to its scalability and performance efficiency. And, Node.js satisfied their expectations.
“Writing code in Node.js also encourages you to think in certain ways. Node provides an evented system with a single process which executes multiple requests. It has no concept of thread-locals forcing you to make your code stateless and modular. Although Node has added support for domains; it is mostly untested for high qps services.”Deepank Gupta, Senior Software Engineer at LinkedIn
eBay is one of the world’s largest marketplaces, offering consumer-to-consumer and business-to consumer internet sales services. It has 183 million active users, and operates in 37 countries.
The main problems the giant faced were scalability and huge traffic. eBay engineers considered different solutions to tackle these technical challenges, and, after tough internal debates, finally chose Node.js.
“We had two primary requirements for the project. First was to make the application as real time as possible–i.e., maintain live connections with the server. Second was to orchestrate a huge number of eBay-specific services that display information on the page–i.e., handle I/O-bound operations. Now we had our Node.js web service running in various stable environments. This whole deployment setup was quicker and simpler than we had expected.” said Senthil Padmanabhan, Principal Web Engineer at eBay.
Netflix is the world’s biggest provider of streaming media and video-on-demand, including movies and television series. The service is available in more than 190 countries. In 2013, Netflix expanded into film and television production and online distribution, as well as production of their own original programming. In the third quarter of 2017, Netflix had over 109 million streaming subscribers worldwide.
Netflix had a stable and full-featured application, and they wanted to make it modular and lightweight, reduce complexities, and power user interfaces specifically, while at the same time leverage their existing infrastructure. That is why they decided to shift the whole user interface to Node.js. Node.js runtime has proved to be so efficient, so the Netflix team is even moving data access layers to it.
“Node was a really attractive option for us, because it aligned well with the skills of the UI engineers,” said Kim Trott, Director of User Interface Engineering at Netflix.
If you are tempted by these amazing success stories, it’s high time for you to adopt Node.js for your next product.
Among the reasons that will convince you further are: