The foundation surveyed some 1,600 tech workers and managers across more than 100 countries to determine how and where Node.js is being used and adding value to enterprises and startups.
About 30% of respondents who have used Node.js for more than two years said that it helps them attract new talent to their organization. The runtime is now used by companies including Netflix, Airbnb, NASA, PayPal, Walmart, and Capital One, according to a press release.
Developers primarily deploy Node.js to Amazon Web Services (AWS), as use of the cloud platform continues to grow in the enterprise. On-premises infrastructure is also widely used, but dropped for use in production from 39% in 2016 to 33% today, the report found. The survey also found increased use of Google Cloud Platform (12% to 16%).
Node.js use has also grown with containers, the report found. The runtime's use with Docker jumped from 43% last year to 48% this year, while Kubernetes use increased from 9% to 12%, the report found. In terms of serverless, AWS Lambda is used by 20% of Node.js developers, followed by Google Cloud Functions (9%) and Azure Functions (4%).
Looking beyond containers and the cloud, the most common technologies used alongside Node.js are databases (96%), frontend frameworks/libraries (87%), and Node.js frameworks (82%), according to the report. Use of Angular 2 and Vue was also increasing, respondents reported.
Developers use an average of at least three other programming languages besides Node.js, the report found. In the past year, Node.js was most commonly used with the following programming languages:
2. Python (37%)
3. Java (35%)
4. PHP (31%)
5. .Net (20%)
6. C++ (16%)
7. Go (16%)
8. C (15%)
9. Ruby (14%)
10. Swift (9%)
The big takeaways for tech leaders:
- Node.js users spend an average of 60% of their development time in Node.js. — Node.js Foundation
- How to build a successful developer career (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
- How to become a developer: A cheat sheet (TechRepublic)
- Which programming languages are most popular (and what does that even mean)? (ZDNet)
- Cheat sheet: How to become a data scientist (TechRepublic)
- These five programming languages have flaws that expose apps to attack (ZDNet)
- The 5 worst programming languages to learn in 2018 (TechRepublic)
Alison DeNisco Rayome has nothing to disclose. She does not hold investments in the technology companies she covers.
Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.