What you can build with Node.js?

Some Node.js project ideas for you to consider in 2020

Bilal Rifas
Oct 28, 2020 · 5 min read
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JavaScript is the most popular programming language in the world and Node.js is the go-to technology for bringing JavaScript to the backend of web applications. Each year, Node continues to break new grounds in terms of both popularity and features.

As Node.js becomes increasingly popular, Node.js Developers get to work with more and more challenging Node.js applications. Node.js apps vary in scale, business objectives, markets targeted and all sorts of technological nuances. But at the same time, they all aim to take full advantage of Node.js’ selling features such as high performance or suitability for microservices-based architecture. In this article, I’m going to show you some of best Node.js works, hoping that it might give an idea on how to create Node.js project of your own.

Yes… you’re not going to read here about the biggest and trendiest companies in the world such as Uber, LinkedIn or eBay and their Node.js stories. This time, I want to show you the kind of projects I’m doing on a daily basis and through this just how relevant this JavaScript runtime environment is to your business. These Node.js application examples may also give you some interesting ideas for Node application projects.

Before I get to that, let’s find out why 2020 may just be the best year Node.js ever had and why it is so important.

Node.js is mostly employed for large web applications so it’s never going to take the spot of PHP as the most used technology on the web. Still, it’s worth noting that according to the W3Techs charts, Node.js websites percentage share keeps on growing:

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So does the adoption of the technology among software developers, as evidenced by one quick glance at the latest Stack Overflow Survey. Node.js is now the most popular technology in the “Other Frameworks, Libraries, and Tools” category, with 51.4% of all respondents admitting to using it to some extent.

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More importantly, developers simply love working with this technology, as not only does it make JavaScript coding much more pleasant, but also tends to attract projects which are exciting from both technological and business point of view the kind of projects that ambitious software developers love the most. That’s why developers decided to make Node.js (and more broadly JavaScript) a backbone of any technology stack.

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The extent to which invested in this JavaScript technology can be best expressed by the Node.js projects I have been working on. Let’s take a look!

1. Node.js app for video upload and management

Description

StageClip is a UK-based company, which offers individualized graduation ceremony videos for students to universities. Due to the COVID outbreak, they had to quickly rethink their business model, taking into account the fact that onsite ceremonies won’t be done for the time being. They came up with the concept of virtual graduations, which have students upload their graduation speeches through the web app. A whole new system needed to be developed on a very tight deadline.

Node.js

Developers created an all JavaScript web application using React on the frontend and Node on the backend. It was meant to withstand high and time-varying traffic. Scalability was of the utmost importance.

Lessons learned

For Nodejs developers, the project was an exercise in developing a scalable Node.js-based system at a record pace.

2. Improve content management and performance with Node

Description

Reservix is one of the biggest ticket sales services in Germany. They found themselves in need of improving the efficiency of work for editors and users of the web application alike. The CMS had to be remade.

Node.js

The Reservix team came up with UI designs for the new web application. Developers turned into reality with React and Node on server side. This Node.js project relies on PostgreSQL for database management.

Lessons learned

Developers were able to improve their ability to cooperate with an external team on the client’s side as well as work on Node.js applications example that involved a great variety of content types and complex relationships between them.

3. Use Node to make new apps - Building a high-level framework

Description

Brickvest is a London-based fintech company active in the real estate industry. They came up with the idea of creating a high-level framework for building new fintech apps for their partners. It made it possible to speed up the development of both MVPs and full-fledged fintech applications.

Node.js

Node.js was used as the foundation of a highly customized system, which also included service-oriented architecture implemented as gateways to external services. For data management, Node.js developers used an original solution called Tesseract. Not only does it make it possible to push data in real-time in response to events, but also to sync data between separate services.

Lessons learned

A one of a kind Node.js project, Brickvest gave Nodejs developer team the opportunity to work in the fintech market and complete the high-level framework that has ready-made modules for the development of new innovative fintech projects. You couldn’t ask for a better fintech development crash course through a web application with Node.js!

Summary

As you can see, with each year, you can make more and more with server side Node.js development. In this article, I showed you examples of:

  • A highly scalable web application for individual users.
  • A server side Node.js application example of a complex management system for various types of users.
  • A high-level fintech development framework.

There is a lot more than you can do using Node.js web server. And if you already have an exciting idea that could become a New Node project, give it a try. Let’s make new Node.js Projects and develop our knowledge in the future.

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