April 6th, 2017

5 reasons Node.js rules for complex integrations

Development Tools, Enterprise Architecture, HTML/CSS/JavaScript, Java APIs, Java App Dev, Open Source, others, Programing, by admin.

Because software solutions rarely operate in a vacuum, integration is a necessary fact of life for many developers. Sometimes it’s easy. Anyone who has integrated an application into Slack, for example, will have been treated to an incredibly smooth experience. In many cases it’s as simple as filling in a form (a URL or two, an authentication key) and hitting the Submit button. That’s plain awesome.

But then you have the complex integrations, the ones you find in the Fortune 5000, that might involve weaving together third-party products numbering in the double digits. These are the environments where the level of specific customization and the complexity of the business logic you can use are determined by the openness and comprehensiveness of each vendor’s API.

When the time comes to stitch together those APIs and communicate with the outside world, the process of integration moves well past configuration and starts looking a lot like code. This is where the external scripts tools and API work comes in. Historically, this has been done using DOS batch files, Linux shell scripts, Perl, Python, and so on.

However, there’s a new tool of choice for these scenarios: Node.js. Why should you use Node.js for linking third-party APIs, publishing external APIs, integrating private and public cloud environments, automating deployments, and other gluecode projects? In fact, there are five reasons why Node.js is exceptionally valuable for integrating complex and hybrid environments.

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