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In anticipation of our New York City Summit Event on October 19th, we’re highlighting some of the great partners who will be in attendance in this Exhibitor Series. We’re excited to share our latest Q&A with Joe McCann, CEO, NodeSource.

AppD: Where do you think node.js is currently in the hype cycle?

JM: We are at the tail end of phase 4, the slope of enlightenment, as there are a number of success stories and case studies as well as NodeSource’s enterprise-grade offerings shoring up the standardization of Node.js workloads for Fortune 500 enterprises.

AppD: What does your runtime do that the core node.js runtime cannot?

N|Solid is a fully-compatible enhanced Node.js runtime built for mission-critical applications. N|Solid enables organizations to develop, deploy, manage, secure, and analyze Node.js applications.

N|Solid gathers detailed metrics with minimal performance overhead, giving you unparalleled visibility into application performance, with some valuable features:

  • Installation is painless. Simply install the N|Solid runtime in place of open source Node.js; no changes to application code are necessary.
  • Real-time event loop delay alerts with detailed stack trace information can help you immediately expose and resolve issues that are otherwise tricky to detect. N|Solid is the only commercial product which offers this type of alert.
  • Notifications based on CPU and heap thresholds provide an early warning when application behavior changes, helping you resolve problems before they lead to an outage.

Additionally, N|Solid offers enhanced security through real-time vulnerability scanning and configurable security policies to help protect data and services.

AppD: What are your thoughts on ChakraCore? Is this a trend we may see more of?

JM: ChakraCore is Microsoft’s JavaScript Virtual Machine (VM) that runs in their Edge browser. It is a high-performance JavaScript VM with some interesting debugging capabilities that are currently not possible with V8, Google Chrome’s JavaScript VM, which is the VM Node.js uses.

For the past few years, NodeSource has been working alongside Microsoft, IBM and a few other companies to get Node.js in a technical position where we can “swap out” the underlying JavaScript VM, thus creating competition among JavaScript VM vendors which the users of Node.js ultimately benefit from. We saw this exact thing play out in 2009 with the “browser wars,” and now, web browsers across the board are much better for end users.

AppD: What are some of the major changes we can expect to see in the node.js project over the next few coming horizons?

JM: So far, Node.js likely won’t see a substantial amount of change – and this is a good thing. The engine in a Tesla doesn’t really change that much, as it is only 17 moving parts, and Node.js is similar in that it only has a small set of core APIs. All of the benefits and updates to a Tesla automobile are in other areas – such as software to make it faster and/or safer, but the engine doesn’t change that much, if at all. For Node.js, the majority of the innovation and changes we can expect to see will be on the periphery of the Node.js core runtime, particularly around Node modules, which is one of the reasons NodeSource created Certified Modules to bring some trust to the wild, wild west of the NPM ecosystem.

AppD: What are performance challenges that enterprise node.js users are facing that we haven’t seen in the past?

JM: Node.js is unlike any other application runtime or framework given its asynchronous, non-blocking architecture. This means that all of the tools and many best practices that applied to every other application runtime prior to Node.js do not work with Node.js. This is one of the reasons NodeSource’s N|Solid exists today. Many users of Node.js will attempt to find performance bottlenecks with traditional tools that don’t work with Node.js’ event loop. The event loop itself can be the root cause of many performance issues, and the only tool that can notify you of this is N|Solid. N|Solid coupled with AppDynamics can give you the most complete view into your Node.js performance issues, but, without both, enterprises will struggle to improve their apps’ performance.

AppD: If you could go back to 2009 when node.js was first created, what would you have done differently?

JM: I wouldn’t change much, as the success of Node.js has been its focus on broadening the community to reach as many people around the world as possible; however, the only thing that comes to mind is perhaps focusing on migration paths for developers from other programming languages. In the early days, there wasn’t a big focus on getting Java and .Net developers to come join the Node.js revolution.  I think if there was a bigger focus on migrating from Java to Node.js, for example, we would have seen a faster acceleration of enterprise adoption of Node.js.

AppD: Why should Summit delegates pay a visit to the Nodesource booth?

JM: In July, NodeSource and AppDynamics announced a new native integration. Users can now capture, view, and analyze the most comprehensive set of Node.js performance metrics available, directly in the AppDynamics controller.

Visit our booth during Summit to see a demo of this integration and to learn more about how N|Solid and AppDynamics together can offer you unparalleled visibility into the system health and behavior of your Node.js applications.

Register here to book your free place at the NYC Summit on October 19th and meet the Nodesource team there.

Joe McCann is the Founder and CEO of NodeSource and is a self-taught hacker, programmer and designer with more than seventeen years of web, mobile and software development experience. Prior to NodeSource, Joe was the CTO of the award-winning ad agency, Mother. 

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