Today, frameworks like Express.js and Hapi.js are gaining prominence for designing better websites and mobile applications. Hence, it has become important to embrace the latest innovations that are being brought into the tech world by these Node.js frameworks. With this intention in mind, I decided to compile a list of popular Node.js frameworks and their useful applications. I am presenting a list of 10 Best Node.js Frameworks, which are currently redefining the application development field.
Hapi.js is a powerful Node.js web framework for building application program interfaces (APIs) and other software applications. The framework has a robust plugin system and numerous key features, including input validation, configuration-based functionality, implement caching, error handling, logging and more. Hapi.js is used for designing useful applications, such as Postmile, a collaborative list making tool. Besides, it is used for providing technology solutions by several large-scale websites, such as Disney, Concrete, PayPal, Walmart and more.
Express.js is one of the essential web frameworks for Node.js. It is a minimalist framework for building a host of web and mobile applications as well as application programming interfaces (APIs). A lot of popular applications and websites like MySpace, Geekli.st, Klout, Segment.io and Yummly are powered by Express.js. Express.js offer various features, like template engines, simplified multiple routing, database integration and more.
Mojito is a model-view controller (MVC) framework offering a gamut of features, such as
- Convenient data fetching.
- Local development environment and tools (Yahoo! independent stack).
- Integrated unit testing.
- Library for simplifying internationalization & localization.
Sails.js is one of the most popular real-time frameworks around for building Node.js applications. Sails.js offers a model-view controller (MVC) pattern for implementing data-driven application programming interfaces (APIs). The framework has gained ground for building real-time chat applications, dashboards and multiplayer games. It uses Waterline for object-relational mapping and providing database solutions. Sails.js is built on top of Node.js and uses Express.js for handling HTTP requests. It is ideal for creating browser-based applications as it is compatible with all the Grunt modules, including LESS, SASS, Stylus, CoffeeScript, Jade, Dust, and more. Sails.js supports any front-end approach, such as Angular, Backbone, iOS/ObjC, Android/Java or anything else.
Koa.js is a powerful server framework for Node.js to build efficient web applications and application programming interfaces (APIs). Koa.js efficiently uses generators to efficiently deal with call backs and increase error-handling capabilities. This also improves readability of the application.
Today, these Node.js frameworks are shaping the future of web and application development technology. Some of them like Express.js, Mean.js and Sails.js are here to stay for a while and will also matter in the long run. I am sure that with the on-going development in the field there will be a lot more like these ones in the near future. There are a lot of Node.js frameworks that have still not become very popular. But, if you know any such frameworks which are still relatively rare then do not forget to share some information about them in the comments section below. Lastly, if you are currently working or have previously worked on Node.js frameworks and have experience developing cool web or mobile applications, then you can share your insights or useful links with us. Till then, signing off.