See you have got this wrong in several ways.
Alex Mills

One of the hidden strengths of horses is that they are self driving. Doesn’t mean we should all start riding them again.

You don’t have to have a Node.js backend to use NPM packages on the front-end. At my work I’m using Webpack to build static front-end bundles that are served by a Tomcat server. It works great. It would work better if Java wasn’t involved at all, but we’ll get there.