A best essential packages for Node.js application development
There are several packages available in Node.js that enables ease of developing and also helps in adding functionalities and specialties to our web applications. The package is available to install easily via npm but choosing one is rather difficult.
This post refers to some of the essential packages in Node.js that helps to develop.
These packages work on different areas of development i.e.
Backend, Database, Security and Encryption, Testing and other miscellaneous.
Packages according to their work are listed below
To defining routing handle HTTP request and, to settle up middlewares Express Framework is used. The frameworks minimal structure allows any Node.js developer to quickly launch a functional application with the use of Express Generator.
It could be installed as
$ npm install express --save
To handle the mailing part, i.e. sending emails with Node.js we use Node Mailer. Helps to send email from server side just by providing credential priory.
npm install nodemailer –save
Hapi.js is also a framework built for reusing code components instead of writing separate code for each.
Just push your command prompt/ terminal to the location where the package.json file resides and run the following.
npm init npm install @hapi/hapi
Mongoose is an object data modeling (ODM) library that provides a rigorous modeling environment for your data, Also, it interacts with MongoDB the database related work.
npm install mongoose
Security and Encryption
This package essentially aids in security used to generate, validate and decode JWT. Library needed for signing and verification.
npm install jsonwebtoken
npm install -g mocha
Chai is also a unit testing library for js. Chai is an assertion library that is often used alongside Mocha. Chai is way too readable and writeable like natural language.
npm install chai
Apart from these some other miscellaneous packages are also available to install
For instance, Plugins
Nodemon, Prettier, eslint
These are the generally used packages essential for application development in Node.js, although several other packages are available having these installed, will serve most of your purpose of Developing like backend, Testing, Handling Database, etc.