Javascript is famous for being a single-threaded language, but there are ways to work around that today

Javascript is a wonderful programming language, but one of the main issues that we had on Javascript for a long time has been that it’s single threaded.

On the frontend, we have access to the web worker API, a standard API which allows some multi-threading on the browser side.

On the backend side, it’s another story. With version 10.X arrived a new module called worker thread as an experimental feature and version 12.X made it stable.

Keep in mind that asynchronous functions are not threads in JS. This is a common mistake.

How does it work?

The NodeJS team made it pretty straightforward. You are going to need an entry file written is ES5 Javascript (ES6+ is not supported and you cannot use Babel/Typescript on files used directly or indirectly by your worker thread)

You’ll have to import the attribute Worker from the worker_threads module and instantiate it. Use the absolute path from the package.json location (you cannot use relative path here) to the entry file.

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