Node.js is a cross-platform runtime environment used for creating server-side applications built on the google chrome V8 engine, making it perfect for creating fast and scalable applications.
There are many criteria by which we can compare both technologies to choose the best for a project. Let’s see them one by one.
For example, an application that uses just TypeScript can run with a single click on the browser but if you are executing a Node.js application it is required to install its environment, without any additional setup you can’t run a Node.js Application directly on an operating system.
Node.js has a vast and global active community. On GitHub, a large number of developers are there to help with your Node.js project. Even the new framework launched nowadays is based on Node.js making the overall community increases day by day, on the other hand, TypeScript does not have that big community, it is growing technology and people are understanding it’s important for developing a scalable and secure application. TypeScript will definitely grow and have a big community but at this time Node.js have much bigger community support.
Libraries and Tools Availability
TypScript has tons of libraries to be used for different functionalities but when compared to Node.js, Node.js has millions of libraries that can install using Node Package Manager. NPM is the world’s largest repository of libraries. Almost 10,000 libraries are launched weekly. So in terms of Libraries and Tools Availability, Node.js is definitely better.
Real World Example
Node.js is used by many popular companies like PayPal, Linkedin, GoDaddy, Netflix, etc whereas TypeScript is used by Slack, Walmart, Accenture, Trello, etc.
The choice of which languages to use for a project depends on the functionality required. When large-scale client-side applications need to be developed, TypeScript is definitely considered, when server-side applications and APIs need to be developed, Node.js is preferred. Hope this tutorial helps you differentiate between TypeScript and Node.js.