I pity would-be software engineers who are too intimidated and lethargic to follow simple installation instructions for languages like Python, Ruby, Smalltalk, Go and Elixir. They lack the kind of initiative, curiosity and determination that is so necessary to becoming an IT professional.
Node is super popular. Proof: there are over 30,000 NPM packages available!
How many of these 30,000+ packages have significant usage? Probably relatively few. Let’s consider an Apple analogy. Apple claims that there are over 1.5 million iOS apps in the App Store. But it’s well-known that only a tiny percentage of them are popular. The rest lie fallow, never to see the light of day. In fact, I wrote an iOS app that has done absolutely squat in the App Store; I’m one of the sad statistics.
Not much of anything. We still don’t know how many businesses use Node. Is it even in the thousands, for instance (show me the numbers)? Even that would pale in comparison to Java or Python usage.