Node.js Framework Starts to Reach Enterprise MaturityNode.js Framework Starts to Reach Enterprise Maturity
The Node.js Foundation, which was formed earlier this year, just released version 4.0 of Node.js.
September 14, 2015
The Node.js Foundation, which was formed earlier this year, just released version 4.0 of Node.js. One of the most significant things about this release from a solution provider perspective is how The Node.js Foundation plans to advance the framework from here. There will essentially be two tracks through which Node.js will developed and maintained. Each major release of Node.js will be moved into a Long-Term Support (LTS) cycle that will deliver updates every 12 months, which will then be actively maintained for 18 months. After 18 months, that release will enter maintenance mode for another 12 months. In parallel, The Node.js Foundation is promising to continue working on major advances to Node.js. to accelerate innovation.
Finally, this latest release also heals a rupture in the Node.js community that had led to a fork in Node.js projects. A separate io.js fork that had emerged as an alternative form of Node.js has now been brought back into the fold now that the Node.js Foundation has assumed control over the Node.js. Previously, Node.js was overseen by Joyent, a cloud service provider that led the original development of Node.js. Organized under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, the Node.js Foundation counts Joyent, Microsoft, IBM, PayPal and Fidelity among its founding members.
Mikeal Rogers, community manager of The Node.js Foundation, said the next big Node.js development efforts will focus on adding support for HTTP/2, which is based on a SPDY protocol that promises to substantially reducing Web application latency, and tighter integration with a variety of push notification technologies.
Rogers noted that one of the “luxuries” of Node.js is that there are multiple ways to implement just about any task a developer wants to accomplish. That may create some challenges in terms of keep track of all the Node.js modules there are in the world, but it also shows how vibrant the overall Node.js community has become, said Rogers.
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