There’s no shortage of variants of Node.js in the world, but NodeSource is making a DevOps-related case for why IT organizations should standardize on its runtime implementation.
Pravin Halady, product manager for NodeSource, says N|Solid uniquely provides a runtime implementation of Node.js that provides that capability. Coupled with tools to monitor applications based on N|Solid, additional visualization tools and configurable webhooks-based integration to create alerts that can be shared via collaboration platforms such as Slack, N|Solid is the only Node.js runtime specifically optimized for enterprise IT environments, Halady says.
He notes one of the thornier issues organizations that embrace Node.js face is that any long-term synchronous activity blocking the event loop can prevent other incoming requests from reaching the server. Before too long, the application hangs or simply crashes. By providing insights into when an event loop delay is occurring in real time, Halady says IT organizations don’t have to waste time trying to reproduce the problem. The result is a much faster time to resolution of Node.js application issues.
In the absence of those processes, having the tools needed to debug an application in real time becomes more important to an IT operations teams that needs to inform a developer about the root cause of a specific issue. Otherwise, the developer ends up running one test after another in the hopes of replicating the problem. Unfortunately, the probability of accomplishing that goal inside most organizations is often relatively low. Because of that issue alone, an event loop delay notification made in real time is likely to pay for itself in a matter of hours.