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JavaScript in general and the server-side Node.js runtime environment particularly are about to experience "the biggest shift in enterprise development in more than a decade," according to a report by Forrester Research.

The report "The Dawn of Enterprise JavaScript" which was released this month states the back-end JavaScript is coming back to overpower the weaknesses of Java and .Net, whilst Node.js "will change corporate technology just like Java before it." The development team at appendTo has had their eye on these changes for their JavaScript training courses.

In fact, Enterprises generally chose between Java and .NET for customer-facing presence, but the demands of "are fracturing this duopoly," according to the report. JavaScript is witnessing the scalability challenge, changing programming models and enterprise architectures. Forrester advices becoming familiar and adopt Node.js and start investigating Amazon Lambda, for cloud applications and various similar platforms.

Whilst JavaScript platforms cannot replace .Net and Java as the basic foundations of the enterprise architectures, JavaScript is considered as a must have tool in the software development and delivery for the modern companies. Legacy workflows and Long-running processes works the best on .Net stacks and Java, whereas on the other hand JavaScript stack and its lightweight Nature is superior for web-scale systems of engagement and customer facing

This report also discusses various web servers switching to Nginx, with Node.js adapted for data composition. The Java and .Net developers can tear down Node.js environments in “microseconds”, said the report. Meanwhile, The Node package manager (Npm) allows developers to easily add third -party functions to applications built on the node.


Enterprise JavaScript does not have any such challenges though. For one, Node.js recently was forked, via the io.js fork. "This type of change in low-level platform software is unheard of in the enterprise, but it's a precursor to the new norm in the development world," Forrester added. The use of Npm also poses the risk of bloat ware, if developers are unchecked they might leverage third-party software programs to solve various small problems. Other security and Open source violations could also result, companies can maintain their own Npm repositories to make sure of the use of only the required packages though. 

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