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What are the most famous web apps built on top of Node.js?

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Netflix is a perfect example of a popular app build with Node. Before switching to Node.js, it was using Java on server-side and JavaScript on client-side, which forced the developers to know both languages and code twice. With Node.js, though, Netflix streamlined the development process and improved the app’s performance. In fact, the load time is said to have decreased by 70%.

Node.js also seems to be a good fit for handling digital payments. In fact, PayPal was one of the first company that gave Node.js a chance back in the days when this technology was just starting to gain some traction. This decision quickly resulted in improved performance: 35% decrease in the average response time for the same page, to be exact. It might be the reason why some startups, such as JUSPAY, seem to be following PayPal’s footsteps.

Walmart also provides an interesting Node.js example. The company re-engineered its mobile app to provide more features on the client side, and decided to build a fast, reliable and usable system with Node in order to become a leader in the online retail space. Given its current position, Node.js definitely brought Walmart closer to this goal.

It’s not the only enterprise-level company that’s been successfully using Node.js, though. According to the Node.js User Survey, 43% of Node.js programmers claim to have used it for enterprise apps – and, interestingly, the majority of them seems to be working for Fortune 500 companies.

The biggest Central and Eastern European convenience store chain Żabka has its own example of an enterprise solution powered by Node.js: an award-winning “frappka” app. The aim here was to meet the needs of the franchisees and make it easier for them to manage Żabka stores, which wouldn’t be that easy to achieve without Node and microservices architecture. Basically, microservices are single self-contained units which make up an application, yet, can be independently deployable and scalable. This architecture works very well with complex applications, which is probably why many well-known enterprises have already embraced it.

Actually, if you’re looking for more examples, I recommend this article on the best Node.js applications by Future Mind. Enjoy!

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