Django REST framework vs ExpressJS: What are the differences?
What is Django REST framework? Web APIs for Django. Django REST framework is a powerful and flexible toolkit that makes it easy to build Web APIs.
What is ExpressJS? Sinatra inspired web development framework for node.js -- insanely fast, flexible, and simple. Express is a minimal and flexible node.js web application framework, providing a robust set of features for building single and multi-page, and hybrid web applications.
Django REST framework and ExpressJS can be categorized as "Microframeworks (Backend)" tools.
Some of the features offered by Django REST framework are:
- The Web browsable API is a huge usability win for your developers.
- Authentication policies including OAuth1a and OAuth2 out of the box.
- Serialization that supports both ORM and non-ORM data sources.
On the other hand, ExpressJS provides the following key features:
- Robust routing
- HTTP helpers (redirection, caching, etc)
- View system supporting 14+ template engines
"Browsable api" is the top reason why over 54 developers like Django REST framework, while over 321 developers mention "Simple" as the leading cause for choosing ExpressJS.
Django REST framework and ExpressJS are both open source tools. ExpressJS with 44.3K GitHub stars and 7.45K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Django REST framework with 14.5K GitHub stars and 4.29K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, ExpressJS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 843 company stacks & 759 developers stacks; compared to Django REST framework, which is listed in 159 company stacks and 77 developer stacks.
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