Top 5 opensource NodeJS API Gateways for API management to implement in 2020

API Integration /Serverless / JavaScript / Nodejs / API Management

“The most exciting single piece of software in the current JavaScript universe!” — NodeJS technology was immediately recognized on the annual European JSConf.

Why Node.js gateways are ridiculously popular?

Resilient technology stack

V8 engine, non-blocking input/output, asynchronous request handling, and event-based model.

Quick processing and event-based model

Node.js is fast, and this is a fact.

Scalable for microservices

Node.js for microservices architecture is a top-hole choice when creating and deploying microservices solutions.

Rich ecosystem

More than 836 000 libraries are available in the npm registry, and over 10 000 new ones being published weekly, and open-source JavaScript tools are sparkling “in the sky with diamonds”!

Impressive corporate contributions

The number of organizations using Node.js in production is constantly growing: Walmart, PayPal, Medium, Trello, Uber, Zendesk, NASA, eBay, LinkedIn, Netflix, GoDaddy, Yahoo, Yandex, Groupon, Mozilla… What giant do you think will be the next?

Smooth JSON support

When other backend technologies (PHP, Ruby on Rails, etc.) use JSON format for communication, Node.js sends data without converting between binary models, by using JavaScript.

Here below, you can see all benefits in top-5 opensource NodeJS Gateways for API management. Let’s implement them in 2020! Sounds good? ;)

1 | Claudia

Website: https://claudiajs.com

Video: https://vimeo.com/156232471

Summary: Deploy Node.js projects to AWS Lambda and API Gateway easily

Details

Claudia makes it easy to deploy Node.js projects to AWS Lambda and API Gateway. It automates all the error-prone deployment and configuration tasks and sets everything up the way JavaScript developers expect out of the box. This means that you can get started with Lambda and API Gateway easily, and focus on solving important business problems instead of dealing with AWS deployment workflows. With the help of Claudia builder projects, you can also use API Gateway as if it were a lightweight javascript web server, or create and deploy chatbots for various platforms easily. Why use Claudia and not just deploy manually? Claudia vs Serverless/Apex/Swagger/Seneca/…? Take a look at the example projects. Read the Getting started guide for information on setting up credentials and a walk-through of a simple hello-world example. Check out the guide for Customising Deployments for information on how to configure what gets sent to Lambda and how it gets used. Check out Command Line Usage for details about command-line options. See the Contributors’ guide for information on running and testing code. See the Release History A new book by the core Claudia.js team: Serverless Applications with Node.js, Using AWS Lambda and Claudia.js, by Slobodan Stojanovic and Aleksandar Simovic, 2018. See Related Articles for more articles, reviews, and tutorials. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

2 | AWS

AWS serverless express

Summary: Run serverless applications and REST APIs using your existing Node.js application framework, on top of AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway. The sample provided allows you to easily build serverless web applications/services and RESTful APIs using the Express framework.

Repository: https://github.com/awslabs/aws-serverless-express

Benefits: pay for what you use, no infrastructure to manage, autoscaling with no configuration needed, usage plans, caching, authorization, staging, SDK generation, API Monitoring, request validation, documentation.

AWS API Gateway Client

Summary: A module for AWS API gateway client based on auto-generated JavaScript SDK. This module can be used not only for Node.js but for front-end. In addition, it generalizes the original SDK’s endpoint specific methods.

Homepage: https://www.npmjs.com/package/aws-api-gateway-client

Repository: https://github.com/kndt84/aws-api-gateway-client

Reference: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/apigateway/latest/developerguide/how-to-generate-sdk.html

More details: For the JavaScript SDK to work your APIs need to support CORS. The Amazon API Gateway developer guide explains how to setup CORS for an endpoint.

3 | Yap

Summary: Less code, safer API.

Repository: https://github.com/youngapp/yap

More details: Yap created by Young App is the lightweight microservices API gateway that shines at the heart of any microservices or serverless architecture, which aims to be a smaller, more expressive, and more robust foundation for API management and automation workflows with low-code approach and security. Without API management, Young App uses Express, Koa or Hapi on Nodejs without security handler, and all other NodeJS frameworks are based on HTTP module, Yap is different, designed only for serverless functions (event-driven). Yap combines the enterprise-grade API management and workflow automation platform and ease of use expected from client cloud-based apps.

Architecture: https://manual.youngapp.co/community-edition/#architecture

Key features: https://manual.youngapp.co/community-edition/#key-features-of-yap-project

Community: https://cutt.ly/yr9c0yC

4 | Scandium

Summary: Easily deploy any Node.js webserver to AWS Lambda.

Repository: https://github.com/LinusU/scandium

More details: Scandium can deploy your Express, Koa or a similar app to Lambda, without any modifications to your code. Combined with AWS API Gateway you can have your current API running serverless in no time. Scandium requires Node.js, Docker, and a working AWS config w/ credentials. By default, Scandium will set up an API Gateway that simply forwards all requests to the Lambda function.

5 | Vandium Node

Summary: AWS Lambda framework for building functions using Node.js for API Gateway, IoT applications, and other AWS events.

Repository: https://github.com/vandium-io/vandium-node

Features: simplifies writing Lambda handlers, automatically verifies event types, powerful input validation, works with serverless, JSON Web Token (JWT) verification and validation, JWK support for retrieving keys at startup, automatic loading of environment variables from SSM Parameter Store, cross-site Request Forgery (XSRF) detection when using JWT, SQL Injection (SQLi) detection, and protection, Lambda Proxy Resource support for AWS API Gateway, handler initialization for allocating resources, post-handler execution to allow deallocation of resources, forces values into correct types, handles uncaught exceptions, promise support, automatically trimmed strings for input event data, low startup overhead, AWS Lambda Node.js 12.x.

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