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EnterpriseJS – The Bigger Picture!

EnterpriseJS – The Bigger Picture!

The all new Node.js coalition manages to capture the spotlight. Node.js support company NodeSource along with its users Intuit and PayPal had formed a coalition namely EnterpriseJS. This EnterpriseJS coalition website explains that ‘this is a community that looks forward to achieve the common goal of boosting up the JavaScript server side development through collaboration, conversation and education’. It is a community for sharing the challenges and achievements of building, maintaining and deploying JavaScript at scale. The goal of EnterpriseJS is to grow the need and use of Node.js among enterprises by providing a platform for Node users who work in massive organizations to share their experiences, lessons learned, and best practices with peers.

Today JavaScript is capturing the world with its new and advanced set of tools and enhancements. It is engulfing the industries at a breakneck pace. With the emergence of Node.js the pace has been magnified. Node.js has become wildly popular and viral amongst the coders. They are preferring to use it to create the APIs and build a matrix interoperability across the internet. The rise of JavaScript among enterprises is reaching a height which demands knowledge and best practises on how to scale JavaScript inside a large and multi team dynamic organizations.
… taking it to the next level…
… and probably why EnterpriseJS emerged…

Approximately 89.7% of all the websites uses JavaScript.


How did it happen?

Over the past two years the two biggies Intuit and PayPal had been working in collaboration with NodeSource. They had invested in the large scale Node.js deployment for implementing the runtime in their backend infrastructure. According to these three renowned companies this coalition came about with the vision of bringing more companies around JavaScript and Node.js.

This exceptional idea of EnterpriseJS Coalition was born on the Node Day 2014, which faced a strong question of how to solve the queries on the problems that rose due to JavaScript implementation in the enterprises. It was an unanimous thought to formalize a practice around sharing knowledge. It looked forward to promoting advanced best practices as well as learning lessons from bleeding-edge integrations and complex use-cases, so that it would turn out to be a win-win situation for everybody by having wider knowledge about how to use the tools well, which will lead to their increased use. EnterpriseJS is intended to compliment the Node.js Foundation, the open governance body of Node.js, where PayPal is the founding member and NodeSource an active contributor. And they see the coalition and foundation to be working perfectly in sink and simplifying complex issues.

Why these companies joined hands?

As for why these companies founded the coalition, NodeSource Co-Founder and President Dan Shaw explained, “Node.js brings with it an open-source ethos and culture of contribution that aligns with organizational goals to drive agility and improve satisfaction.”

There was a lacking for a forum for discussing the solutions of the problems associated with complexities arising from large scale JavaScript deployment. While all were coming together through Node.js, so defining the community as JavaScript at scale rather than just Node.js and server-side JavaScript made utmost sense. So yes, Node.js is a key part of that equation of which JavaScript is the answer.

The other side of the story….

What if it fails? What if the motives for the coalition were not in the best interest of other JavaScript frameworks? What if it does not work? What if it was just to get rid of the competition?

Of all the popularity that JavaScript has gathered, we all know that it is still maturing.

It is not consistent on all browsers, integration with existing frameworks/APIs can at times turn cumbersome, and there can occur conflicts if backend was not JavaScript based. In particular, JavaScript needs to get the data from somewhere – a backend process. If we push business knowledge into the front-end, even if we’re assiduous about code libraries and sharing, we still have to fight with the “Out-Of-Date JS Library” issue. It is mostly like moving data around on the HTML page which is not enough a strong foundation to serve as the backbone of your enterprise. Which is why an enterprise need to plan well to use JavaScript based project to their advantage. But to say that the coalition was planned to draw the attention of the other enterprises to merely EnterpriseJS only to kill the competition might be too strong a claim at this point. One year into it, it seems friendlier now and seems to be doing good anyways.

So this coalition can as well be considered as a disguise to create that necessary hype in order to project JavaScript as a force. Or it can be considered as an attempt to create an aura of excellence around JavaScript. In fact, coming up with such innovative ideas should be appreciated so that more and more enterprises can join this race. Because one got to admit that when it comes to JavaScript, you can deny it but you can’t ignore it. JavaScript did indeed seem to revolutionize the way we use the internet. The initiative of EnterpriseJS seems to be helping the cause.

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Rachit Agarwal
Director and Co-Founder at Algoworks Technologies
Rachit is leading the mobility business development function, mobility strategy and consulting practice at Algoworks. He is an expert of all mobile technologies and has experience in managing teams involved in the development of custom iPhone/iPad/Android apps.


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