I get asked this all the time and some of my past statements may have been misleading so let me clear this up…
Because it will save you a lot of time.
If you don’t know, Node.js is a rapidly growing web server technology and Node developers are among some of the highest paid in the industry.
It was created by Ryan Dahl in 2009 and has become something of a buzzword in web development circles.
So, should you learn it?
If you’re an experienced developer looking to expand your skillset OR you’re a new developer who is “all-in” on Node, then absolutely… go for it.
If you’re an experienced developer who’s not sold on Node… it’s not a must-know right now.
If you’re a new developer and you know you want to learn PHP and all the rest… you should start with those.
Look, here’s the thing…
Every time a new technology like this comes out, there’s a group of people who say it’s the future of the web.
There are plenty of “futures of the web” that are now its history.
That doesn’t mean there’s not opportunity there. As I mentioned, Node developers are some of the highest paid in the industry.
It’s being used by companies like Uber, Netflix, Walmart and a bunch of others.
So, if you know you want in on that… there’s no reason not to go for it.
This is the definitive guide to Node.js you’ll want.
But, I just don’t want you to get caught in this mindset that you have to learn every new thing that comes out.
Look at it. See if it’s a fit for you… and if so go for it.
But, ignore the know-it-alls that constantly tell you that you have to do this or you have to do that.
They’ve been wrong so many times your head would spin.
It’s YOUR life.
It’s YOUR career.
So, it’s YOUR choice.
Those clowns will throw you off track if you let them.
But, you can do this.
If a crotchety old ex-jock like me can do it… heaven knows you can!