Each has its Pros and Cons and strong advocates on which is better. We aren’t taking sides, but just voicing our study and opinion.
Coming to the architecture, Node JS prefer convention over configurations in its developmental principles, a lean towards frameworks like ExpressJS, Meteor, Mojito, GeddyJS amongst other ones and MongoDB/MySQL/Redis as its go to for databases. On the other hand Django makes things little more vibrants; with preference for configuration over convention and databases support with IBM DB2, Cassandra, Couchbase amongst other, further from the usual MongoDB/MySQL/Redis.
When working a frontend like Angular JS with Django, there must not be an extra data flow which bypass the REST API interfaces. Only Django should access the databases and the frontend Angular JS should be able to receives JSON directly from REST. Also, the Django native interfaces must not be accessible to the end users.
Though Node JS does have a slight edge when it comes to JS Integrations, there are various other packages available for Python based Django, which makes things easier. Another factors which sets Django aside from Node JS is the fact that it has a WYSIWYG Editors. On the other hand, Node JS scores with its launch time much faster than Django, which might act important in case where the processes need to be implemented ASAP. Where Node JS has a startup times of 26ms, Django goes way slower at 2sec. Two whole seconds!
Comparing Node JS to Django, in pure tech terms is like comparing Apples to Oranges; but in spite of the facts that you cannot compare them perfectly, you can compare them on certain factors like their freshness, their sweetness etc. And that’s all we’re doing here itself. So in real right terms, Express JS is the minimalist framework built upon Node JS and more comparable to Django. What Django is to Python, Express is to Node JS. And though this also wouldn’t be the best comparisons, it’s the next best one we have.
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