Node.js, a programming language that’s been around since 2009, is making a big
impact in web programming circles.
With disciples in Microsoft, Yahoo, LinkedIn and PayPal, developers have not
only heard of the merits of Node.js, but they’re either using or learning it
> **See also: Why Developers Should Pay Attention To Node.js**
Consumers may have heard that Node.js as “responsive” or “lightweight,” but
might not know why. Here are a few of the reasons Node.js is going to be the
backbone of your next website, app or API.
## The Web’s Use Case Has Changed
In the old days, the Internet used to be about consumption. Users would
passively read, watch and download content. Chat was done on message boards or
blogs, not in real time.
But as social media has increased in popularity, today’s users want to be able
to receive instantaneous feedback over the Web. Chatting, gaming and
collaboration now take place in real time. Even more significantly, this is
happening on an imposing scale with up to millions of users interacting on one
site at one time.
Software developers know the Web wasn’t built for this. Real-time response
means that each users’ client would ...