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It used to be promising, but is now full of confusing/obscure/unpredictable/broken parts. Its development process is goofy at best, with a slow roadmap and a dev who has more posts bragging about his orm's superiority/asking for donations that answers to crucial issues. I really like what works in TypeORM and have it running in production on serveral projects, but it wouldn' touch it with a wooden pole as of now. See More
Loopback and Sails implement API generation natively, with lots of features. TypeORM integrates Express route / endpoint / controller generation via an extension. Loopback implements complex database discovery with SQL and NoSQL stores. TypeORM can also generate models based on an existing database, but it is done via extension and the database must be SQL: Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, or MariaDB. Still, these are great features most Node ORMs today do not have at all. See More
TypeORM relies on decorators, and obsolete implementations of them at that. To add insult to injury, simple decorator syntax is not provided. So you need to write e.g. @Column() instead of @Column. This is an issue with the API design, a very nasty one (Angular does it is not a good reason to do anything). See More
StrongLoop is the main contributing organization for Loopback, and it was purchased by IBM. Now many people fear quality decline or license change is in the future. On the bright side, they seem to be developing complimentary tooling, but this may result in expenses or lock-in down the road. See More
Their standalone missing a lot of features that are documented, it does not available for using it standalone. See More