January 24, 2022
Although Node.js and Django are two completely different tools, they both come up a lot when teams try to decide what technologies they should use to build a web application.
Since Django and Node.js are both simply excellent in what they do, the best way to decide which is better for your project is to compare the strong and weak sides of both and learn what types of projects they are typically used for.
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Django is a powerful full-stack Python web framework that comes fully loaded with features that take care of all common web development issues. That includes user authentication and content administration.
With the boring stuff out of the way, your development team can focus on the important, unique parts of the project and deliver a working MVP astonishingly quickly.
With over 71,800 stars and more than 2,400 contributors on Github, Django should be considered reasonably popular amongst developers. When it comes to companies, more than 2,600 businesses have reported using Django on Stackshare.
Even though Node may have convinced more companies than Django, it’s still a solid number, especially when you consider that among those companies are such huge brands as Instagram, Robinhood, Disqus, Glovo, and Pinterest.
Developers praise Node.js for allowing them to build apps that handle web traffic very well, for having great libraries and community, as well as for being so useful when creating APIs.
As of July 2023, Node.js starred over 96,400 times on Github and gathered more than 188 contributors and 203 repositories. According to Stackshare, more than 8,000 companies reportedly use Node.js, including the tech giants such as Uber, Netflix, Twitter, Glovo, PayPal, and Asana.
To quickly sum up what we’ve learned so far:
Let’s see how they stack up against each other when it comes to performance, scalability, development speed, security, efficiency, popularity, and maintainability.
In Django, developers create each function autonomously and then connect them. Doing so makes it really easy to implement and refine new features without worrying about how to integrate them with the app. The framework can also competently handle heavy traffic and substantial amounts of data, making all apps ready for scaling.
Node.js is all about app scalability. With powerful tools such as Cluster and PM2 process manager included, Node.js makes it simply easy to optimize web applications.
Meanwhile, if using Node.js, your developers will rely on npm packages to solve some common issues, but not all of those are properly maintained. Some lack proper documentation or even have bugs (which may increase the development time).
The Enterprise version of the npm package manager makes it easy to maintain security while enabling companies to use open-source Node.js packages that npm offers. With whole package infrastructure behind the company's firewall and additional advanced security features, Enterprise users can sleep tight, not worrying about the safety of their app.
Django creators also take the issue of security seriously. The framework’s built-in security tools, such as clickjacking prevention and SQL injection protection, are everything that an experienced team of developers needs to prevent major security breaks. Additionally, because of Django’s comprehensiveness, developers rarely feel the need to employ any third-party libraries (which potentially could come with a security threat).
Professional Developers use both - Nodej.js and React - fairly equally, and those learning to code use Node.js more than React (52% vs. 48%).
Django is nowhere near that popular, with only 13.59% of developers reporting using it. Fortunately, developers skilled in Python will pick up Django's syntax fast and start developing in no time. At Monterail, we’re proud of using both Django and Node.js.
With the continuous popularity of both technologies, you can rest assured.
No matter if you decide on Django or Node.js, the tech won’t go anywhere anytime soon, and you can count on regular updates for years to come.
Disqus is a popular plug-in that allows commenting on various pages across the web with no need to create multiple accounts. In 2013, Disqus developers discovered that with 8 billion page views per month, Django wasn’t performing as quickly as it should.
They faced a tough decision: either stay with Django and try to fix these issues or rewrite everything using another technology.
The decision was made to introduce Varnish to their stack, and with its help, they were able to augment existing Django backends to desirable performance levels.
Spotify is a global leader in music streaming and one of the companies credited for relatively recent but huge (and probably permanent) changes in how we consume music. The company uses Python a lot in its backend services and data analysis, and Django is used there to prototype services, scripts, and processes quickly.
Watch Yunong Xiao, a principal engineer at Netflix, discussing why his team uses Node.js, and the benefits that both Node.js and containers provide the UI team at Netflix.
Depending on the project, both Django and Node.js can bring fantastic results.
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