Identifying the right framework purely depends on the use case, kind of support it offers, available documentation, and project background, which we will discuss in detail, in this blog.
The context is everything. If you are not clear on the requirement and identify the wrong framework then you will find yourself swimming upstream. We have discussed here a few examples that can help you pick the proper framework for the project.
Now back to your project, if you are building a real-time full-stack application, then Derby.js is the ideal choice for you. Derby.js is an MVC framework that is also popular with SEO-friendly applications.
If you are looking to build an API (Application Programming Interface) that sends the JSON responses, is it REST API (Representational state transfer) or GraphQL API?
Node.js is especially known for building web applications using the REST API. There are ample Node.js frameworks that bring REST API built experience to the table.
If you are using React or Vue for the front-end and looking for a Node.js framework that integrates with their components, then Express.js can be your choice. It allows for rapid server-side application development with a plethora of programming packages and functions that expedites the process. It can be used for enterprise-scale browser-based applications that need strong routing, templating and security features.
Hope to go serverless by deploying your application on the cloud? Your concern should be about the cold start time. What exactly is the cold start time? For serverless applications, a cloud service provider like AWS or Microsoft Azure will have a container active for a serverless function and keep it alive, waiting for its execution. After some time of inactivity, the cloud provider lets the container go inactive.
The cold start is when the cloud provider has to provide the container for a function after a certain time of inactivity. The delay from the cloud service provider essentially delays the application execution time.
So, in such projects where the cold start time has to be compensated, you have to pick a framework that does not need a substantial initialization time to handle a request.
Total.js could be your right choice which is known to support cloud-based applications quickly and efficiently.
There are some Node.js frameworks specifically designed to support TypeScript applications, especially when it comes to Angular Node.js combination.
While developing real-time applications like chat applications you might want to look for frameworks that offer built-in support for WebSockets.
Sails.js could be your choice which is synonymous with building customized chat applications, which leverages Socket.io for WebSockets.
Once you have shortlisted a few frameworks based on the use cases, the next step is to go with the personal preferences. The developers can further zero down on the frameworks based on the support the frameworks offer in terms of validation, logging, authentication, dependency injections, and database extractions.
Before choosing the right framework you should also verify if it offers documentation support. You are more likely to put up a strong fight building the application with a framework without documentation.
You will need to tick the following checklist before singling out the right Node.js framework:
• Does it provide easy navigation and a clear explanation?
• Can you write your own code for customization?
Even if there is enough documentation support to successfully build the application, or your favorite framework is highly popular, yet, you will need strong community support. In case you are really stuck with an unreasonable bug or if your app does not perform as hoped, community support is imperative.
While the use cases are the crucial factors to determine the right Node.js framework for your application, considering the other criteria is also essential while picking the precise framework. Still confused about which Node.js framework to choose while building a web application, contact CodeTru technical team for a clear picture.