Node.js has proven its mettle over the years with amazing versatility and speed in web application development. If you are thinking of using Node.js as your go-to technology for building and deploying fast web apps then this blog is just for you. This is our compilation of ways to turbocharge Node.js so that execution and read/write happens faster than fast –
- Doing more on client side – Instead of rendering on the server side, you can look at doing more heavy lifting on the client side. This can be easily accomplished by introducing APIs that send JSON requests. This can be picked up by a framework on the client side and then rendered on the front end accordingly.
- Adapt asynchronous – Node.js is built single-threaded by default, hence asynchronous code should be preferred over synchronous code (which means the entire application code becomes unreachable). If you are using third party APIs, aim to have as less number of synchronous calls as possible, to boost app performance.
- Middleware Optimization– Most read/write data make use of an HTTP/PHP API component that can be slow to fetch and transmit data. Instead of this, you can add a Node control directly into the application, so that you fetch only what you need, instead of the whole database.
- Remove Complexity – The thought process here is, “if you bloat it, you gotta let it go”. For instance, jQuery UI; while it may provide neat flexibility, it doesn’t work well with many older browser version. The same advantage can be acquired with HTML5 native functionalities, but minus the unneeded codes.
- Go Flat – Flat designs have been proven to speed up the application substantially. By not going too deep into unnecessary CSS gradients or even something as tiny as shadow boxes, you can really pump up the CPU power to fire up your Node.js web application execution.
- Slow Animations – How about halving that CSS transition time? Feel it is too small to make a difference? Believe me when I say that this factor can make a real, tangible difference to the app execution speed. It is really worth the effort to cut down on animation effects.
- Gzip – Gzip enabled browsers can save a lot of data fetching time by letting the server to compress the data before sending it to the browser request. On the other hand, if gzip compression is not turned on, then the sending from the server and the receiving from the browser, will be a delayed experience.Which of these will be in your checklist for the next Node.js web app development project? Do write in to us and let us know.