Can Django Replace Node.js? Which Technology should I use for my application backend? Which of the two have a better future?
So, that’s it then. Bring in the weighing scales, the comparison shall commence. But before that, let’s have a quick look at the two individually, for a better understanding in contrast to the other.
Django is one of the marvels that python has grown into. It is a web-based framework serving as an ideal backend for RESTful web services. The ‘don’t repeat yourself’ programming structure used by python is an inherited trait in Django enabling it to efficiently use reusable and pluggable components. Having been written in Python, Django serves as a popular choice for backend development in web-applications. Following are some notable traits of the web-framework:
- Built-in Standalone server
- Event communication
- Interface for Python’s Unit testing framework
- HTML to database translation
- Database to XML/JSON representation
While on one hand, we have these remarkable characteristics of the Django Framework, on the other hand, Node.js has its own capabilities. Let’s take a look at them as well.
Created by Ryan Dahl, Node.js was aimed at “presenting an easily scalable way to build web-applications”. Unlike Django, Node.js is not a typical web-framework. But nonetheless, it efficiently serves the purpose of the backend for any network program. Since its inception in 2009, it has become one of the preferable choices for a number of innovative startups in web-technology. Here are some of its interesting features
- Non-Blocking, Asynchronous IO Model
- Single thread Design with an event loop
To better understand these features, let’s finally move on to our comparison between these to technologies.
Django Vs. Node.js: The Contrast
If you’re a beginner and are looking for a more structured and easy-to-go-with technology, Django should be your pick. Python’s understandability is no secret to anyone. In fact, it is the readability factor that made the programming language stand out in the first place. Node.js, on the other hand, is more complex and takes more time to accumulate before you can start with building your application. As a matter of fact, most of your teachers, guides, Quora experts etc. will suggest you starting with Django to build-in a better experience of backend development in websites.
Compatibility with the Frontend (JS)
Both Django and Node.js support SQL as well as NoSQL databases. Django has the total control over the database and doesn’t allow any extra data flow that can bypass the REST APIs. The Databases supported by Node.js include MongoDB, MySQL, and Redis while Django also supports IBM DB2, Couchbase, and Cassandra.
Node.js certainly has a reputation in this field. Its launch time beats Django with almost 2 seconds which is a considerable amount of time. Thus, any application that needs a faster implementation has Node.js higher on the list.
As told earlier, Node.js and Django have their fundamental differences. But their efficiency in handling the backend services makes them both strong contenders for your website’s servers. To conclude, Node.js surely has an edge when comes to processing speed and integration with the JS frontend, Django has its upper hand in programming structure and data control. We would suggest making your choice based on your requirements and programming experience.
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