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Disadvantages of using NodeJS instead of PHP

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Questions:

I am thinking of using NodeJS for my website instead of my current PHP + Apache setup. Are there any major disadvatanges/advantages to making this switch?

My site will get lots of small requests and occasional requests that require lots of calculations on the server side.

I have a server that I can install anything I want on, so hosting is not a factor in this decision. Although I would like to maximize performance while minimizing memory and processing requirements.

I guess my main question is, when is NodeJS an appropriate solution for a website?

Answers:
  • You can’t use any of the pre-existing PHP applications and libraries.
  • You’ll need to learn about event-driven programming.

Although those may not always be considered disadvantages per se.

Questions:
Answers:

PHP is not going to disappear immediately, but its positions are undermined even further by the nascent Node.js.
Node.js is functionally similar to the PHP + Apache or ASP + IIS stacks.

And there are 2 main advantages:

Speed! (Performance)
Node.js is event-driven and non-blocking and very good at handling concurrent requests.
Here is a link to a benchmarking test for node.js against PHP on Apache.