Best JavaScript Frameworks for Backend Development

Recommendations: 5 | Last Updated: June 21, 2021 (7 months, 1 week)

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Hapi Hapi

Build powerful, scalable applications, with minimal overhead and full out-of-the-box functionality with Hapi. It's a free and open-source JavaScript framework for Node.js that is developed for enterprise-grade applications. Companies like Walmart, Brave and Condé Nast build web-services with Hapi and rely on it at scale.

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NestJS NestJS

NestJS is a free and open source JavaScript framework for building scalable Node.js web applications. The framework uses modern JavaScript and is built with TypeScript. NestJS is utilizing a multi paradigm model including Object Oriented Programming, Functional Programming and Functional Reactive Programming.

Similar to Angular, NestJS uses Dependency Injection which encourage the use of modules. That pushes developers into writing modular and reusable components that can be used for multiple purposes. Which keeps your codebase neat, structured and tidy.
With NestJS asynchronous provider it's easy to perform asynchronous tasks.

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AdonisJS AdonisJS

AdonisJS is a Node.js web framework designed for building micro-services with JavaScript and Typescript. The framework provides an elegant syntax and and the tools that gives developers the confidence to build structured projects at scale. AdonisJS also includes its own ORM called Lucid, which is an implementation of Active Record, written in JavaScript. The framework will make anyone coming from Laravel or Ruby on Rails to feel right at home in the JavaScript eco-system.

AdonisJS provides a sane project structure where each file has it's place. This structure allow me to focus on building my application, rather than structuring it.
Validation and sanitization is an important part of creating a secure application that generates correct data according to its models. With AdonisJS it's simple to validate and sanitize data from the incoming requests both manually and at the route level.
The AdonisJS community is extremely helpful but lack in numbers and available resources, such as tutorials, guides and courses.

Express.js Express.js

Express.js is a free and open-source web application framework for Node.js, released as free and open-source software under the MIT License. Express is designed for building fast web applications and APIs. In the Node.js community the Express framework is seen as the defacto standard when it comes to building such applications. The philosophy of the framework is to provide a small and robust toolset for building HTTP servers with JavaScript and Node.js. Express does not force you to use any specific database, ORM or templating language, as it leaves that up to you as a developer, to maximize freedom and choice. Express.js is used by companies and hobby developers alike to build single page JavaScript applications, websites, hybrids and public HTTP APIs.

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Meteor Meteor

With Meteor you can build web, mobile and desktop apps quickly. Meteor is a free and open-source JavaScript framework that is designed to provide developers with the necessities to build applications by writing less code. Over half a million developers around the globe has chosen Meteor as their go-to framework for building scalable JavaScript applications.

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