Must-have tools for Node.js developers

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No matter what application or workflow you are using, a helping hand is always needed. Especially if it’s your own hand.
These tools make it easier for developers to help themselves out and save tons of time and effort.

Whether you’re an amateur or an expert developer, these Node.js tools will be useful for you. Let’s start!


1. Babel

Babel JS

Babel is a JavaScript transpiler commonly used as a tool for front-end development which allows you to use all ES6 features while compiling ES5 for production. As a result, code readability is improved.

This tools also supports the latest version of JavaScript so that you can use the newest syntax without waiting for browser support and can also be integrated with other JavaScript tools.

GitHub: https://github.com/babel/babel


2. Broccoli

Broccoli JS

Broccoli is a Node.js build tool running on an ES6 module. Broccoli dubbed itself as “the asset pipeline for ambitious applications.”, because it’s a fast, reliable asset, supporting constant-time rebuilds and compact build definitions.  Why?

  • Chainable plugins.
  • A flexible ecosystem.

GitHub: https://github.com/broccolijs/broccoli


3. Electrode.io

Electrode JS

Built by developers of WalmartLab. Electrode.io is a universal platform for building both React.js and Node.js applications using the most standardized structures, advanced technology, and best practices.

With Electrode.io, greater focus is placed on consistency and universality. This ensures reusability and performance.

GitHub: https://github.com/electrode-io


4. Log.io

Log JS

Log.io is a real-time log monitoring tool to help you monitor your deployments and troubleshoot quickly which exposes a stateless TCP API where you can write your logs to. You monitor your log messages in a single browser session, so you can address issues and bugs immediately.

GitHub: https://github.com/NarrativeScience/Log.io


5. Migrat

Migrat JS

A simple, yet pluggable, data migration tool. What’s special about it?

  •   It uses plain text.
  •   Designed for a variety of stacks and processes.

Migrat runs migrations once globally or per server.
It’s not tied to any database engine and can be found on GitHub and NPM.


6. PM2

PM2 JS

As an advanced production process manager for Node.js, PM2 works mainly by checking that everything is running smoothly.

It has the ability to monitor and reload the application without any downtime in case of a sudden crash.
The finance software companies like Intuit, and the online payment gateway PayPal use PM2.

GitHub: https://github.com/Unitech/PM2/


7. Webpack

Webpack JS

Webpack is a JavaScript module bundler that simplifies deployments by creating bundles and asynchronously loaded to reduce the loading time.

GitHub: https://github.com/webpack/webpack


8. Passport.js

Passport.js is an authentication middleware for Node.js that gives you a choice of over 300 different ways of authenticating your app including username and password model, login via Facebook, Google, Twitter etc., and many other.
It’s extremely easy to implement with any Express.js app.

GitHub: https://github.com/jaredhanson/passport


9. MEAN.JS

MEAN.js is a full-stack JavaScript solution for building web apps. The MEAN stack consists of MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js and Node.js which means you can build web applications on the client and server side with one stack of tools.

GitHub: https://github.com/meanjs/mean


Finally, we really encourage you to try these tools and find what you think is the best tool. Then, head over to our twitter and tell us what you think! Let’s create a discussion!

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