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Why is Node.js a popular full-stack web framework?

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JavaScript has gone on to define popular computer languages of modern times in the recent past mostly owing to the huge demand globally for web applications. For most of the coders, while program coding for multiple browsers, JavaScript seems to be the only choice for all front-end developers.

One often-repeated argument is the acknowledgement of other coding languages such as TypeScript, Dart or CoffeeScript as alternatives of Javascript. But, the truth be told TypeScript is identified as a super-set of JavaScript which includes many object-oriented programming features, which include classes, optional static typing and interfaces, and moreover it still in a nascent stage. On the other hand, CoffeeScript is also viewed majorly as a kind of syntactic sugar which will eventually be referred down by the use of JavaScript. And for Dart, a coding language is also categorized as a major object-oriented language with C-like syntax and similarity and is dependent upon JavaScript for compiling into popular browsers.

With the rise and growth of Node.js, JavaScript has taken a leap into no longer being confined as just a front-end developer tool and additionally back-end is not perceived as rocket science anymore by front-end coders.
Over the last few years, coders had the tendency to refer JavaScript as the only available silver bullet which can accommodate coders in every situation such as desktop application, web server, front-end, embedded system, databases and a whole lot more.

Furthermore, considering the widespread audience for JavaScript, Node.js has made some significant gain for all full-stack web developers. But it is to be noted that Node.js is designed as a lightweight language and therefore can only provide fundamental functionalities which include working as webserver to propel the web application level development speed.

Further understanding the absolute need of Node.js, one is also advised not to use Node.js for various CPU-intensive operation; whereas heavy computation only further negates almost of its other advantages.
Where Node.js shine brightly is while building quickly scalable forms of network and its applications, as it possesses the capability to handle large instances of simultaneous established connections with a high amount of throughput, further equating to a classic case of scalability.

Also considering how Node.js works under the hood of your computer device is unique in comparison to other such technology with each individual request spawning a new line of thread. Since it uses non-blocking I/O, allows for multiple connections.

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NodeJS is not a framework. It is a runtime for Javascript.