1. Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do?
2. Tell us what you do with Node.js. How does it fit into your wider development stack?
The Node.js platform is becoming ubiquitous; the range of problems that you can address with it is growing bigger and bigger. I’ve used Node.js on a Raspberry Pi, in desktop and laptop computers and on the cloud quite successfully to build a variety of applications: command line scripts, automation tools, APIs and websites. With Node.js it’s really easy to get things done. Most of the time I don’t need to switch to other development environments or languages. This is probably the main reason why Node.js fits very well in my development stack.
3. What other tools and frameworks are you working with? Do they complement Node.js?
Some of the tools I love to use are RabbitMq, MongoDB, Redis and Elastic Search. Thanks to the Npm repository, Node.js has an amazing variety of libraries which makes integration with these technologies seamless. I was recently experimenting with ZeroMQ, and again I was surprised to see how easy it is to get started with a Node.js application.
4. Imagine life before you started using Node.js. What has its impact been on the way you work?
5. How important are design patterns when you use Node.js? Do they change how you use the tool?
I would say that design patterns are important in every language and in this case Node.js makes no difference. Furthermore due to the intrinsically asynchronous nature of the language having a good knowledge of design patterns becomes even more important in Node.js to avoid some of the most common pitfalls.
6. What does the future hold for Node.js? How can it remain a really relevant and valuable tool for developers?
Thanks Luciano! Good luck for the future – we’re looking forward to seeing how dramatically Node.js grows over the next 12 months.