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Helix vs Node.js: What are the differences?

What is Helix? Rust and Ruby, Without the Glue. Helix allows you to write Ruby classes in Rust without having to write the glue code yourself.

What is Node.js? A platform built on Chrome's JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.

Helix belongs to "Language Extensions" category of the tech stack, while Node.js can be primarily classified under "Frameworks (Full Stack)".

Helix and Node.js are both open source tools. Node.js with 35.5K GitHub stars and 7.78K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Helix with 1.84K GitHub stars and 63 GitHub forks.

What is Helix?

Helix allows you to write Ruby classes in Rust without having to write the glue code yourself.

What is Node.js?

Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.
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        Avatar of mihaicracan
        Web Developer, Freelancer
        Review ofNode.jsNode.js

        I have benchmarked Node.js and other popular frameworks using a real life application example. You can find the results here: https://medium.com/@mihaigeorge.c/web-rest-api-benchmark-on-a-real-life-application-ebb743a5d7a3

        How developers use Helix and Node.js
        Avatar of MaxCDN
        MaxCDN uses Node.jsNode.js

        We decided to move the provisioning process to an API-driven process, and had to decide among a few implementation languages:

        • Go, the server-side language from Google
        • NodeJS, an asynchronous framework in Javascript

        We built prototypes in both languages, and decided on NodeJS:

        • NodeJS is asynchronous-by-default, which suited the problem domain. Provisioning is more like “start the job, let me know when you’re done” than a traditional C-style program that’s CPU-bound and needs low-level efficiency.
        • NodeJS acts as an HTTP-based service, so exposing the API was trivial

        Getting into the headspace and internalizing the assumptions of a tool helps pick the right one. NodeJS assumes services will be non-blocking/event-driven and HTTP-accessible, which snapped into our scenario perfectly. The new NodeJS architecture resulted in a staggering 95% reduction in processing time: requests went from 7.5 seconds to under a second.

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        Trello uses Node.jsNode.js

        The server side of Trello is built in Node.js. We knew we wanted instant propagation of updates, which meant that we needed to be able to hold a lot of open connections, so an event-driven, non-blocking server seemed like a good choice. Node also turned out to be an amazing prototyping tool for a single-page app. The prototype version of the Trello server was really just a library of functions that operated on arrays of Models in the memory of a single Node.js process, and the client simply invoked those functions through a very thin wrapper over a WebSocket. This was a very fast way for us to get started trying things out with Trello and making sure that the design was headed in the right direction. We used the prototype version to manage the development of Trello and other internal projects at Fog Creek.

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        AngeloR uses Node.jsNode.js

        All backend code is done in node.js

        We have a SOA for our systems. It isn't quite Microservices jsut yet, but it does provide domain encapsulation for our systems allowing the leaderboards to fail without affecting the login or education content.

        We've written a few internal modules including a very simple api framework.

        I ended up picking Node.js because the game client is entirely in JavaScript as well. This choice made it a lot easier for developers to cross borders between being "client side" game developers and "server side" game developers. It also meant that the pool of knowledge/best practices is applicable almost across the company.

        Avatar of Tony Manso
        Tony Manso uses Node.jsNode.js

        Node.js is the foundation for the server. Using Express.js for serving up web content, and sockets.io for synchronizing communications between all clients and the server, the entire game runs as Javascript in Node.js.

        I don't know how well this will scale if/when I have hundreds of people connected simultaneously, but I suspect that when that time comes, it may be just a matter of increasing the hardware.

        As for why I chose Node.js... I just love JavaScript! My code is all original, meaning that I didn't have to inherit anyone's bad Javascript. I'm perfectly capable of creating my own bad Javascript, thank you! Also, npm rocks!

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        Tarun Singh uses Node.jsNode.js

        Used node.js server as backend. Interacts with MongoDB using MongoSkin package which is a wrapper for the MongoDB node.js driver. It uses express for routing and cors package for enabling cors and eyes package for enhancing readability of logs. Also I use nodemon which takes away the effort to restart the server after making changes.

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