Building apps that run in the browser is a completely different thing than building a Node.js application.
You have a huge opportunity because we know how hard it is to fully, deeply learn a programming language, and by using the same language to perform all your work on the web - both on the client and on the server, you’re in a unique position of advantage.
What changes is the ecosystem.
In the browser, most of the time what you are doing is interacting with the DOM, or other Web Platform APIs like Cookies. Those do not exist in Node, of course. You don’t have the
window and all the other objects that are provided by the browser.
And in the browser, we don’t have all the nice APIs that Node.js provides through its modules, like the filesystem access functionality.
Another big difference is that in Node.js you control the environment. Unless you are building an open source application that anyone can deploy anywhere, you know which version of Node you will run the application on. Compared to the browser environment, where you don’t get the luxury to choose what browser your visitors will use, this is very convenient.
You can use Babel to transform your code to be ES5-compatible before shipping it to the browser, but in Node, you won’t need that.
In practice, this means that for the time being you use
require() in Node and
import in the browser.
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