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Is there anything in particular that you had to give up to make the move (aside from thr jvm)? I am assuming that for node.js to be shorter and faster you avoided the bigger frameworks (next, typeorm etc) and had to stick pretty close to basic middleware ala express.

This is what bugs me about the Node.js cult - it's often compared with Rails, Django and Laravel which is just nonsense. Even Express isn't the same as plain Node. Plain Node.js is only comparable to something like Golang's net/http, Ruby's rack or raw imperative PHP with no classes. Once you add the kind of scaffolding included in Rails and Django Node.js slows down rapidly with significant memory bloat. Try Redwood - the latest Rails-in-Node and observe the memory footprint.

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