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