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September 10, 2015
Beyond the fact the IBM is now essentially treating Node.js as an equal to Java in terms of the level of support it provides, Marie Wieck, general manager of IBM Middleware for IBM Systems, said the effort IBM plans to make to unify the management of Java and Node.js applications via its WebSphere middleware platform will advance the usage of both Node.js and Java across the enterprise.
Wieck said that going forward IBM anticipates that there will continue to be a lot of application development in Java. But applications written in Node.js also will increasingly access backend services developed in Java via the IBM Websphere middleware platform and the IBM Bluemix platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment running on the IBM SoftLayer cloud.
StrongLoop CEO Juan Carlos Soto added that the microservices architectures driving the API Economy will not only reduce the cost of switching out IT services, but also substantially reduce the cost of building and deploying new innovative IT services.
Whether Node.js will one day supplant Java as the “lingua franca” for building the next generation of enterprise applications remains to be seen. But the one thing is that for certain is that solution providers are going to see a lot more instances of Node.js not only now, but also for many more years to come.
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Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.
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