Angular vs NPM vs Node.js: spot the difference!
There’s a lot of confusion about Node.js, NPM, and Angular. These 3 “entities” are often used together, especially for Angular applications, but they are not the same thing.
Let’s make it clear!
Node.js uses asynchronous programming: while a typical server handles one request per time (thus creating overhead while waiting for the request completion), Node.js accepts all the requests and handles them one by one in a manner that does not block other requests. This is obviously very efficient.
NPM is the package manager for Node.js packages. It contains thousands of free packages available to download; also, using the command line, it’s easy to download and update those packages.
NPM is commonly used with Node.js, so it is installed with the server environment.
The way to install a package is with the command
npm install <package_name>.
This article first appeared on Code4IT
Now we know what Node.js, NPM, and Angular are, and how they fit together.
Node.js is just the server that handles the requests from the web page; these pages can call web APIs from whatever kind of server, and of course look up to data in any type of DB.