The Node.js Ecosystem in Perspective

A session at QCon San Francisco 2016

Node.js was created 7 years ago by Ryan Dahl to increase the performance of web application development. Node.js was born in the era of GitHub which led the project's phenomenal contribution story. It has superseded jQuery as the most important JavaScript project ever. Node.js is far from being the first server-side JavaScript platform, but nothing prior has had anywhere close to the impact it has. Node.js is rapidly transforming application development from an environment dominated by Java to one dominated by JavaScript.

Many novel choices were made along the way. Node.js ships with "batteries included". Node.js was built with a very liberal license. Node.js has no standard library and encourages userland experimentation. Node.js chose to standardize on a single package management solution with npm. Node.js is fully cross-platform. Node.js applications run everywhere (take that Java!). All of this comes together to create an extraordinary ecosystem.

Dan Shaw will explore the implications of these decisions and how they have impacted the Node.js Ecosystem. 7 years on, Node.js is everywhere with a massive user base and the largest package registry ever. And yet, there's still so much to do.

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Dan Shaw

Strategic Advisor. Let's talk @nodejs. Formerly @NodeSource @NodeFirm @Voxer. Always bet on #nodejs! ✨ bio from Twitter

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Date Mon 7th November 2016

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