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Jamie Arkin

Freelance Node.js Developer

United StatesFreelance Node.js Developer at Toptal Since October 26, 2017

Jamie is a front‑end developer focused on crafting clean and beautiful experiences. Her fever for color coordination and meticulous notebooks are indicative of her programming style and attention to detail. Much of her focus is on collaboration, efficiency, and learning. Jamie is a perfectionist to the smallest pixel and has a passion for building custom WordPress themes and React applications.

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David Mihal

Freelance Node.js Developer

United StatesFreelance Node.js Developer at Toptal Since April 16, 2016

David has been developing websites and web applications for all of his adult life. As a software engineer, he's worked for many diverse software companies from early-stage startups to Google. David is experienced with many web frameworks and environments, but he particularly enjoys developing with Meteor.js. He appreciates the importance of quality code as well as the need to meet scheduling demands.

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Rob Brown

Freelance Node.js Developer

United StatesFreelance Node.js Developer at Toptal Since January 31, 2018

Robert is a highly motivated professional with enterprise-level experience. With a combination of excellent communication skills and a laser-like focus, Robert is capable of moving big ideas from design stage to implementation. As a full-stack developer, Robert utilizes a wide breadth of skills and knowledge to tackle the specific problem at hand.

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Josh Gachnang

Freelance Node.js Developer

United StatesFreelance Node.js Developer at Toptal Since August 3, 2018

Josh was the first engineering hire at Triggr Health, a startup working to support people going through addiction recovery and mental health issues. With previous professional experience at Triggr and Rackspace, he has done back-end, front-end, mobile, and DevOps development. Josh learns quickly and focuses on delivering impactful features.

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Justin Michela

Freelance Node.js Developer

United StatesFreelance Node.js Developer at Toptal Since June 26, 2018

Justin is a technical professional with a passion for learning and 18+ years of experience leading teams to build enterprise-grade distributed applications that solve real-world problems. Justin firmly believes that collaboration across all facets of a business, from development to marketing to sales, is required to succeed in this endeavor.

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Benjamin Kuker

Freelance Node.js Developer

CanadaFreelance Node.js Developer at Toptal Since December 19, 2019

Benjamin is a solid developer with career highlights of working as a senior full-stack developer for a big data analytics startup, a payment processor, and a user testing service. He's worked across the entire development lifecycle and specializes in the front end. Benjamin is meticulous with implementation details while always considering and balancing broader stakeholder concerns. Communication wise, he is prompt, relevant, and professional.

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Davor Badrov

Freelance Node.js Developer

CroatiaFreelance Node.js Developer at Toptal Since December 12, 2019

Davor is a senior full-stack developer with 9+ years of experience, skilled in crafting scalable and efficient solutions. Proficient in both monolithic and microservice architectures, Davor is a versatile asset to any team and project with a deep understanding of front-end and back-end technologies. With a passion for problem-solving and constant learning, he is the perfect candidate to drive your company's growth.

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Abdelhamid Attaby

Freelance Node.js Developer

EgyptFreelance Node.js Developer at Toptal Since December 12, 2019

Abdelhamid is a former GitHub professional software engineer with 13+ years of experience and a master's degree and PhD in computer science and engineering. He also worked in executive and leadership positions for different small and medium startups. Abdelhamid's specialties include JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, Python, REST API, GraphQL, Redis, NoSQL, SQL, React, Next.js, microservices, CI/CD, and cloud services.

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Nicolas Mazza

Freelance Node.js Developer

ArgentinaFreelance Node.js Developer at Toptal Since December 11, 2019

Nicolas is a senior UI/UX designer and web developer with over 16 years of experience working in the full cycle of development and deployment. He studied web, desktop, and video game development at Image Campus and architecture and design at the Universidad de Belgrano. As an experienced developer, Nicolas isn’t overly picky about projects; what he values is creating and maintaining a good relationship with the client.

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Avenash Kabeera

Freelance Node.js Developer

SingaporeFreelance Node.js Developer at Toptal Since December 10, 2019

Over the past decade, Avenash has worked on the entire software development lifecycle while building and managing apps from inception to client release. He’s led and supervised multiple engineering teams, but he considers himself a developer at heart. He’s experienced with back-end development (C++) and front end with React/Redux. Avenash often enjoys hacking away at a problem or testing out new ideas on the side whenever he has the time.

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Sergej Kurbanov

Freelance Node.js Developer

Czech RepublicFreelance Node.js Developer at Toptal Since December 9, 2019

Sergej is a full-stack developer who brings innovation and growth to the table with almost seven years of experience in building scalable platforms and feature-rich applications. From building his own AI-driven SaaS product to coaching 150+ students to become junior React developers, Sergej's engaging approach and dedication to staying ahead of the curve make him an invaluable asset to any project or team.

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I am more than pleased with our experience with Toptal. The professional I got to work with was on the phone with me within a couple of hours. I knew after discussing my project with him that he was the candidate I wanted. I hired him immediately and he wasted no time in getting to my project, even going the extra mile by adding some great design elements that enhanced our overall look.

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The developers I was paired with were incredible -- smart, driven, and responsive. It used to be hard to find quality engineers and consultants. Now it isn't.

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Toptal understood our project needs immediately. We were matched with an exceptional freelancer from Argentina who, from Day 1, immersed himself in our industry, blended seamlessly with our team, understood our vision, and produced top-notch results. Toptal makes connecting with superior developers and programmers very easy.

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Working with Toptal has been a great experience. Prior to using them, I had spent quite some time interviewing other freelancers and wasn't finding what I needed. After engaging with Toptal, they matched me up with the perfect developer in a matter of days. The developer I'm working with not only delivers quality code, but he also makes suggestions on things that I hadn't thought of. It's clear to me that Amaury knows what he is doing. Highly recommended!

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As a Toptal qualified front-end developer, I also run my own consulting practice. When clients come to me for help filling key roles on their team, Toptal is the only place I feel comfortable recommending. Toptal's entire candidate pool is the best of the best. Toptal is the best value for money I've found in nearly half a decade of professional online work.

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Toptal makes finding a candidate extremely easy and gives you peace-of-mind that they have the skills to deliver. I would definitely recommend their services to anyone looking for highly-skilled developers.

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  • How much does a Node.js developer cost to hire?

    Before starting a project that involves Node.js, and even before hiring Node.js developers, it pays to evaluate the costs thoroughly. Costs depend on several factors, including the scope of the project, your business rules requirements, server and hosting needs, and subscriptions to third-party APIs. That said, Glassdoor reports an estimated total yearly pay for a US-based Node.js developer of $109,873; for a senior Node.js developer, that figure rises to $131,117 (both as of June 2, 2023).

    For large projects, hiring experienced developers can be a good, albeit significant, investment. Indeed, good Node.js developers can optimize your Node.js code, contributing to the maintainability and efficiency of your application. This can offset ongoing costs for server and hosting services to keep up with scalability and performance requirements.

    The more unique your project is, the more development work it will take to integrate your application with third-party APIs, leverage specific parallel services, and create custom features. This is also a good reason to hire experienced developers, as they will help you define and optimize the details of your project requirements and meet your specific needs without developing unnecessary or inefficient features.

    Overall, hiring an experienced Node.js developer can be a significant investment but one that certainly offers financial benefits in terms of scalability, customizability, and performance.

  • How do you hire a Node.js developer?

    In summary, to find Node.js developers who are optimal for your project:

    1. Define your goals. Get internal clarity on business rules, resources, and project constraints, and how your plans take these into account.
    2. Write a clear and concise description of your project. Specify the desired services and tasks, and a rough timeline. Be clear in the job description about the extent to which this is a greenfield project.
    3. Interview candidates according to the tips provided in the hiring guide. This will help you ensure an efficient exchange of information.
    4. Choose the Node.js developer who best fits your requirements.
  • How do you choose the best Node.js developer for your project?

    After creating a clear and concise job description, it will soon be time to interview candidates, evaluating their soft and hard skills. Be on the lookout for expertise in JavaScript, TypeScript, back-end architecture, app scaling, and any applicable cloud providers (e.g., AWS), databases (e.g., PostgreSQL), and API approaches (REST versus GraphQL). Along the way, assess the applicant’s personality and cultural fit for your company and the teams they’ll work with and within. If they’re compatible with your company and have experience with relevant parts of your tech stack, you’ve found one of the best Node.js developers for your position.

  • How are Toptal Node.js developers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Node.js developers to ensure we only match you with the highest caliber of talent. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut.

    Our talent matchers are experts in the same fields they’re matching in—you’ll never deal with recruiters or HR reps. They’ll work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamic and match you with ideal candidates from our vetted global talent network.

    In addition to screening for industry-leading expertise, we also assess candidates’ language and interpersonal skills to ensure that you have a smooth working relationship.

    When you hire a Node.js developer with Toptal, you’ll always work with world-class, custom-matched Node.js developers ready to help you achieve your goals.

  • How quickly can you hire with Toptal?

    Typically, you can hire a Node.js programmer with Toptal in about 48 hours. Our talent matchers are experts in the same fields they’re matching in—they’re not recruiters or HR reps. They’ll work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics, and match you with ideal candidates from our vetted global talent network.

    Once you select your Node.js expert, you’ll have a no-risk trial period to ensure they’re the perfect fit. Our matching process has a 98% trial-to-hire rate, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the best fit every time.

  • What is Node.js and why should I use it?

    Node.js is a powerful way to run JavaScript on a server. Node.js includes many core libraries (modules) for performing routine tasks. Node.js package managers, like npm and Yarn, make it simple for developers to leverage millions of useful modules, such as Gulp, Axios, and Dotenv.

    Despite its versatility and robustness, Node.js isn’t capable of doing everything. Since Node.js isn’t suitable for CPU-intensive applications, you’ll need to add another technology to your tech stack to handle software that needs to compute and process a lot of data (e.g., augmented reality or video processing). There are already some attempts to implement JavaScript coding in applications that require significant computational loads, such as TensorFlow.js for machine learning models. However, they’re still in the early stages of adoption by the developer community.

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Mauro is a skilled entrepreneur and software engineer with more than five years of experience developing back-end applications and integrations. He spearheaded the creation of a wealth management back-office system using Node.js and founded a tech consultancy to help companies modernize their processes.


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How to Hire a Great Node.js Developer

The Demand for Node.js Developers Continues to Boom

What do Dow Jones, Uber, GoDaddy, PayPal, and Netflix have in common? They’re among numerous high-traffic sites relying on Node.js developers in mission-critical contexts. So it follows that Node.js was 2022’s most-used web technology among professionals worldwide and has five appearances in the top 50 projects out of more than 330 million on GitHub as of June 2023.

The popularity of Node.js is intertwined with that of its native language, JavaScript, which has been the top professional programming language for 10 years in a row. This is a double-edged sword when hiring Node.js developers: They’re copious, but there’s a vast range of expertise among them. As such, hiring Node.js developers is more challenging than it may first appear.

The Node.js logo over a global map, with blue developer icons in various locations and a magnifying glass over a green developer.

Node.js’ wide range of features further fuels the demand for, and difficulty in, hiring experienced Node.js developers. With so many Node.js use cases, a given expert won’t necessarily be ideal for your specific needs. Your first step is to follow this Node.js developer hiring guide to help sharpen your assessment of candidates and their skills.

What attributes distinguish quality Node.js Developers from others?

Node.js developers are responsible for data exchanges between servers and users: Skilled ones will ensure that server code appropriately responds to all requests and correctly handles all exceptions and error cases. Node.js developers generally focus on using back-end frameworks, but smaller teams may need a full-stack Node.js developer to use JavaScript in a front-end context using frameworks like React, Vue.js, and Angular.

Whether a Node.js developer is a generalist or a specialist, several skills help distinguish top-tier candidates:

Soft skills

  • Communication and collaboration – How they handle what’s outside their scope—e.g., front-end, DevOps, and database teams—is almost as crucial as their direct contributions.
  • Drive and curiosity – They must thrive in a space replete with constantly evolving technologies.
  • Accurate self-assessment – They should be confident that their code will fulfill goals while adhering to business rules.

Hard skills

Last but not least, to facilitate future development, quality Node.js developers will also properly document their code and create testable and reusable code with automated test routines.

How can you identify the ideal Node.js Developer for you?

It’s crucial to start with the question “Why am I looking for a Node.js developer?” Answering this will shed light on the specifics needed for their role in your project, whether you seek an engineer to enhance the existing team’s development capacity, mentor colleagues, lead a technical transformation and excellence process, or launch an MVP.

The Node.js logo surrounded by hexagons containing icons with labels. The labels are REST API, Monitoring, Queued inputs, Web scraping, Real-time data, Connectivity, and Chatbot.

Identify the services and tasks you want to integrate into your project.

Clarifying these elements to include in your job description and to reference during Node.js developer interviews will allow potential applicants to self-filter and/or to preview specific documentation and envision how they would structure solutions. This leads to a more efficient interview process, as applicants can discuss background knowledge relevant to your requirements.

Estimate the timeline of your project.

Before you hire a Node.js developer, get clear on the scope of your project. Whether or not your project is underway, the more detail you can provide, the better. Expect different scenarios: optimistic, realistic, and pessimistic. The expertise of your candidate and the clarification of your needs will help your project follow a more predictable roadmap.

Consider the stage of your project development.

The earlier the phase a project is in, the more it will need experienced Node.js developers, as they can guide you through the most complex and vital decisions. In this case, focus on explaining your key project goals and shortlist the most experienced candidates.

Projects further along need a Node.js developer to maintain them, fix bugs, or develop minor features. In such cases, you might get by with a junior or mid-level developer, but gauge how much experience they have with the specific tech stack, frameworks, libraries, tools, architecture, and services used in your project.

Gauge the level of expertise your project requires in adjacent Node.js developer skills.

Node.js is never used in isolation, so there are many other hard skills to consider:

JavaScript was originally developed to run within web pages to make their presentation more dynamic and interactive. Its capabilities and corresponding design patterns have evolved significantly, even after Node.js started to gain popularity. That’s why every Node.js developer must be proficient not only in JavaScript programming, but also aware of—and in the habit of conforming to—its current best practices.

TypeScript is a programming language Node.js developers often prefer over JavaScript because it improves on JavaScript’s readability and maintainability by providing type-safe syntax, which helps reduce bugs and makes coding easier. TypeScript code is then transpiled (automatically translated) into JavaScript code before being executed. For robust, scalable projects built by collaborative teams, TypeScript is an important Node.js developer skill.

Express.js is the most common framework Node.js developers use, and many frameworks are built on top of it. It’s a force multiplier, giving Node.js developers a flexible, well-organized way to write code for everyday tasks such as routing, authentication, and error handling. Express.js also has a massive library of third-party plugins and extensions, making it extremely useful and customizable for any back-end application. Unless your project specifically avoids Express.js, you’ll want a Node.js developer who knows it well.

NestJS is a framework for developing server-side Node.js applications written in TypeScript, usually based on the Express.js framework. Node.js developers who know NestJS well can more easily create powerful GraphQL and REST APIs, use WebSockets, schedule cron jobs, and build robust and modular applications—that is, if your project leverages this technology already or if your tech stack is still flexible enough to allow its inclusion.

npm is the default Node.js package management tool for downloading, installing, and managing code dependencies, typically from the more than 2 million packages. Many Node.js developers prefer an npm alternative called Yarn, which provides all the standard features of npm but is more efficient, consistent, and user-friendly. Good npm or Yarn knowledge is a must-have Node.js developer skill.

JSON is a well-known and lightweight data format used in almost all JavaScript applications. JSON is human-readable, easy to parse and generate, and ideal for exchanging data—even with non-JavaScript applications. Hire only Node.js programmers who are familiar with JSON’s uses and limitations.

MongoDB is a nonrelational database often used with Node.js applications. Unlike SQL and other relational databases—where developers work with rows of data stored in tables with rigid schemas—MongoDB allows developers to store data as documents (JSON-like objects). This flexible format can be especially beneficial for projects with rapidly changing requirements, so even if you’re prototyping and your tech stack isn’t yet finalized, it may pay to consider an applicant’s experience with MongoDB.

React is a modular JavaScript-based front-end framework, so if you’re looking to hire a full-stack Node.js developer, you may want them to have React experience. React is often used in conjunction with Node.js because they’re both extremely popular, but the two technologies are independent—a front end could just as easily be built with Angular or Vue.js. In other words, only require React experience if your project already depends on it and your team won’t have at least one dedicated front-end developer.

REST APIs are web services that conform to the highly scalable REST architecture, which sets standards for using HTTP methods to securely exchange information with a server, usually using JSON in requests and responses. Node.js developers commonly create REST APIs because they are easy to document, understand, and use. Whether working on code to interface with your app’s front end or with other back-end services, the Node.js developer you hire should be familiar with the principles of REST.

GraphQL is a newer alternative to REST-based architectures. GraphQL is more flexible than REST, allowing API users to issue queries that back-end developers may not have foreseen. GraphQL is also more efficient in some cases because API users specify the exact data to return, which improves network and computing performance by avoiding unnecessary extras. GraphQL-based APIs do have trade-offs, but this is increasingly considered an essential Node.js developer skill; you’ll want candidates with GraphQL experience if there’s any chance your project will support it.

Whether your back end will provide a GraphQL or REST API, your Node.js developer will almost always need to interact with a database. Check whether your project uses database tools such as Mongoose, Sequelize, Prisma, or TypeORM; your candidate’s familiarity with your particular dependency in this area could be a bonus or a hard requirement, depending on how your project uses it.

Finally, knowledge of cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or Microsoft Azure is often a significant advantage in a Node.js developer candidate, but if your project is locked into a particular cloud provider already, recent experience with it should be a hard requirement. If you’re hiring a Node.js developer to start a project from scratch and deliver a reliable and scalable cloud application, staying flexible on which provider they need experience with will leave you with a larger candidate pool.

How to Write a Node.js Developer Job Description for Your Project

Just as you must identify the standout candidate from among all applicants, your customized Node.js developer job description must also stand out from the list of available jobs. Be sure to provide applicants with enough information to get them excited about the job and determine if they’re a fit:

The Project

  • List the main goals of your project and how you plan to achieve them.
  • Detail any known current and future development constraints.
  • For projects already underway: Provide an overview of how it started and how you will define it as “done.”

The Role

  • Note whether they’ll be primarily a back-end specialist or in a full-stack developer role.
  • Explain their responsibilities for each of the primary technologies involved.
  • Define their relationships within the team structure and any adjacent teams.

With a solid Node.js developer job description posted, interviews will be your next major concern.

What are the most important Node.js Developer interview questions?

It can be revealing to ask a Node.js developer candidate what mistakes they have made in previous projects, how they might relate to your specific project, what they learned from them, and how their soft and hard skills helped them. Start with high-level questions to assess a candidate’s experience; for example:

Have you ever deployed a Node.js application to a production environment? Explain your process.

Answers here will vary widely, but common themes to watch for include cloud services (AWS, GCP, Azure, etc.), Docker containers, dependencies, environment variables, and load balancers. Experienced developers will also be able to elaborate on scaling, fault tolerance, CI/CD process creation, logging, and performance monitoring.

How would you secure a Node.js application?

Applicants should mention keeping project dependencies current using Yarn’s or npm’s auditing feature. Node.js developers will also know to protect endpoints by authentication and authorization mechanisms (such as JSON Web Tokens) to ensure that no users have unintended data access. They should know to use salted and hashed password storage, avoiding deprecated algorithms like MD5 and SHA1. Expert developers may also mention extra security layers such as firewalls, Content Security Policy (CSP), rate limiting, and implementing a security-focused development approach, such as a secure software development lifecycle (SDLC), to ensure security is integrated into every phase of the development process.

What is the importance of exception handling in a Node.js application?

Expect candidates to know how crucial exception handling is to minimizing the impact of errors—in particular, that unhandled exceptions can mean unnecessary app downtime. On the security and regulatory fronts, it’s especially critical to handle exceptions by providing helpful error messages to API consumers without revealing sensitive information.

What is your experience using Git?

Git, the ubiquitous version control tool, allows developers to track code changes and collaborate without overwriting each other’s work, provided they use it correctly. Developers must be familiar with Git commands such as add, commit, and push. It’s also essential to master the concepts of branching and merging. Candidates must know the importance of clear, concise branch names and frequent check-ins with good commit messages. Experienced developers must also master the concepts of rebasing, cherry picking, and resolving merge conflicts, and know how to implement Git hooks and other tools to ensure code quality and security standards.

Have you made any contributions to the community, such as creating or contributing to existing npm packages, creating or maintaining open-source projects, or providing training?

Not all candidates will be active contributors to the Node.js community. But if they are, you can ask for further details, like how many people have benefitted from their training. It’s a bonus if the applicant has participated (especially as a speaker or organizer) in community events such as hackathons, meetups, or conferences.

In the case of open-source contributions, you can see how many downloads their project has had and how often it’s maintained. Better still, you can get a direct professional opinion about the quality of code the candidate contributes and their communication style in READMEs and issue threads.

In addition to these conceptual, experience-based questions, it’s worth posing some specific, practical technical questions in at least one interview stage.

Why do companies hire Node.js Developers?

Node.js developers work with one of the most common programming languages in the world, JavaScript, and thus can leverage an enormous amount of libraries and community resources in developing back-end solutions. Since JavaScript is the de facto standard for web front ends, Node.js developers can ensure an app’s front end and back end share code for consistency and maintainability.

Although the choice of technology stack always depends on the specific resources and requirements of the project, many companies choose Node.js developers over specialists in other technologies such as Django, ASP.NET, or Ruby on Rails. The main factors of this decision often include:

  • Performance – The biggest factor involved is most often the underlying language, and the Google V8 engine that powers Node.js execution allows JavaScript code to run quickly and with low latency. For example, PayPal was able to reduce the response time of its app by 35% by switching from Java to Node.js. In most cases, when it comes to Ruby on Rails or Django versus Node.js, the latter outperforms the competition. For ASP.NET versus Node.js, speeds are generally comparable, but there will always be cases in favor of either one.
  • Scalability – Node.js can handle a large number of concurrent connections efficiently. Because of its event-driven, nonblocking I/O model, Node.js is easier to scale with than Django and Ruby on Rails.
  • Large community – Like its competitors, Node.js has a large developer community that provides a wide range of ready-to-use libraries. For organizations using Node.js, there is a wealth of resources and support available to developers. In terms of the underlying programming languages used, the JavaScript community easily surpasses the others in terms of the number of developers.
  • Cross-platform compatibility – Node.js developers can create apps that use various platforms, including Windows, Linux, macOS, and Docker, making it a safe choice for organizations that need to support multiple environments. In this respect, Node.js is on par with ASP.NET, Django, and Ruby on Rails.

If you need to create or improve a web app that involves third-party API integrations, database connections, or scheduled processes, you’re on the right track. Good Node.js developers can do all of these tasks and much more.

Node.js is an extremely popular, versatile, and robust technology often used for high-traffic websites. Thousands of the most well-known companies—and even NASA—have hired Node.js developers to create back ends for web applications, desktop apps, and mobile apps. This wide range of applications shows that Node.js is a universal, powerful technology that can drive all kinds of projects and, in the hands of a skilled Node.js developer, offers better performance than competing technologies, and great developer and user experiences.

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