Get Programming with Node.js
Jonathan Wexler
  • MEAP began July 2017
  • Publication in June 2018 (estimated)
  • ISBN 9781617294747
  • 410 pages (estimated)
  • printed in black & white

...easy to read style and lots of short cuts I didn't know about that makes coding a lot quicker & convenient...

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Get Programming with Node.js teaches you to write server-side code in JavaScript using Node.js. In 34 fast-paced, fun, and practical lessons, you'll discover how to extend your existing JavaScript skills to write back-end code for your web applications. After setting up the perfect developer environment, you'll get straight into developing your first app using Express.js, a lightweight MVC-style web framework. You'll learn all-important security and authentication features, as well as database tasks. When your basic app is completed, you'll add extra functionality like chat before deploying the finished product. Thanks to the easy-to-digest examples and exercises, you'll be coding with Node.js like a pro in no time!

Table of Contents detailed table of contents

Unit 0: Getting Set Up

Lesson 0: Set up Node.js and the JavaScript Engine

0.1 What you’re going to learn

0.2 Understanding Node.js

0.3 The minimally qualified reader

0.4 Why learn to develop in Node.js?

0.5 Preparing yourself for this book

0.6 Summary

0.7 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 1: Configuring your environment

1.1 Installing Node.js

1.2 Installing a text editor

1.3 Setting up deployment tools

1.4 Working with the Node.js REPL in terminal

1.5 Summary

Lesson 2: Running a Node.js application

2.1 Creating a JavaScript file

2.2 Running your JavaScript file with Node.js

2.3 Running Individual JavaScript Commands

2.4 Summary

2.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Unit 1: Getting Started with Node.js

Lesson 3: Creating a Node.js module

3.1 Creating a Node.js module

3.2 Running npm commands

3.3 Initializing a Node.js application

3.4 Summary

3.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 4: Building a simple web server in Node.js

4.1 Understanding web servers

4.2 Initialize the application with npm

4.3 Code the application

4.4 Run the application

4.5 Summary

4.6 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 5: Handling incoming data

5.1 Reworking your server code

5.2 Analyzing request data

5.3 Adding Routes to a Web Application

5.4 Summary

5.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 6: Writing better routes and serving external files

6.1 Serving static files with the fs module

6.2 Serving assets

6.3 Moving your routes to another file

6.4 Summary

6.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 7: Capstone: Creating your first web application

7.1 Initializing the application

7.2 Application directory structure

7.3 Creating main.js and router.js

7.4 Creating views

7.5 Adding Assets

7.6 Creating routes

7.7 Handle file reading errors

7.8 Summary

Unit 2: Easier Web Development with Express

Lesson 8: Setting up an app with Express.js

8.1 Installing the Express.js package

8.2 Building your first Express.js application

8.3 Working your way around a web framework

8.4 Summary

8.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 9: Routing in Express.js

9.1 Building routes with Express.js

9.2 Analyzing Request data

9.3 Express.js and MVC

9.4 Summary

9.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 10: Connecting Views with templates

10.1 Connecting a templating engine

10.2 Passing data from your controllers

10.3 Setting up partials and layouts

10.4 Summary

10.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 11: Configurations and error handling

11.1 Modifying your start script

11.2 Handling errors with Express.js

11.3 Serving static files

11.4 Summary

11.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 12: Capstone: Enhancing the Confetti Cuisine site with Express.js

12.1 Initializing the application

12.2 Building the application

12.3 Adding more routes

12.4 Routing to views

12.5 Serving static views

12.6 Passing content to the views

12.7 Handle the errors

12.8 Summary

Unit 3: Connecting to a database

Lesson 13: Set up a MongoDB database

13.1 Setting up MongoDB

13.2 Running commands in the MongoDB shell

13.3 Connecting MongoDB to your application

13.4 Summary

13.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 14: Building Models with Mongoose

14.1 Setting up Mongoose with your Node.js application

14.2 Creating a schema

14.3 Organizing your models

14.4 Summary

14.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 15: Connecting Controllers and Models

15.1 Creating a controller for subscribers

15.2 Saving posted data to a model

15.3 Using promises with Mongoose

15.4 Summary

15.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 16: Capstone: Saving user subscriptions

16.1 Setting up the database

16.2 Modeling data

16.3 Adding a subscription form

16.4 Summary

Unit 4: Building a user model

Lesson 17: Improving your data models

17.1 Adding validations on the model

17.2 Testing models in REPL

17.3 Creating model associations

17.4 Populating data from associated models

17.5 Summary

17.6 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 18: Building the user model

18.1 Building the user model

18.2 Adding CRUD methods to your models

18.3 Building the index page

18.4 Summary

18.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 19: Creating and reading your models

19.1 Building the new user form

19.2 Creating new users from a view

19.3 Reading user data with show

19.4 Summary

19.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 20: Updating and deleting your models

20.1 Building the edit user form

20.2 Updating users from a view

20.3 Deleting users with the delete action

20.4 Summary

20.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 21:Capstone: Adding CRUD models to Confetti Cuisine

21.1 Getting set up

21.2 Building the models

21.3 Creating the views

21.4 Structuring routes

21.5 Creating controllers

21.6 Summary

Unit 5: Authenticating user accounts

Lesson 22: Adding sessions and flash messages

22.1 Setting up flash message modules

22.2 Adding flash messages to controller actions

22.3 Summary

22.4 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 23: Building a user login and hashing passwords

23.1 Implementing the user login form

23.2 Encrypting passwords

23.3 Adding validation middleware with express-validator

23.4 Summary

23.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 24: Adding user authentication

24.1 Implementing Passport.js

24.2 Modifying the create action to use passport registration

24.3 Authenticating users at login

24.4 Summary

24.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 25: Capstone: Adding user authentication to Confetti Cuisine

25.1 Getting set up

25.2 Creating a login form

25.3 Adding encryption with Passport.js

25.4 Adding flash messaging

25.5 Adding validation middleware with express-validator

25.6 Adding authentication with Passport.js

25.7 Logging in and out

25.8 Summary

Unit 6: Building an API

Lesson 26: Adding an API to your application

26.1 Organizing your routes

26.2 Creating an API

26.3 Calling your API from the client

26.4 Summary

26.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 27: Acccessing your API from your application

27.1 Applying an API namespace

27.2 Joining groups via modal

27.3 Creating an API endpoint to connect models

27.4 Summary

27.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 28: Adding API security

28.1 Simple security

28.2 API token

28.3 JSON Web Tokens

28.4 Summary

28.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 29: Capstone: Building an API

29.1 Restructuring routes

29.2 Adding the courses partial

29.3 Creating the AJAX function

29.4 Adding an API endpoint

29.5 Creating an action to enroll users

29.6 Summary

Unit 7: Adding Chat functionality

Lesson 30: Working with Socket.io

30.1 Using socket.io

30.2 Creating a chat box

30.3 Connecting the server and client

30.4 Summary

30.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 31: Saving chat messages

31.1 Connecting messages to users

31.2 Displaying user names in chat

31.3 Creating a message model

31.4 Summary

31.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 32: Adding a chat notification indicator

32.1 Broadcasting to all other sockets

32.2 Creating a chat indicator in navigation

32.3 Summary

32.4 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 33: Capstone: Adding a chat feature to Confetti Cuisine

33.1 Installing socket.io

33.2 Setting up socket.io on the server

33.3 Setting up socket.io on the client

33.4 Creating a message model

33.5 Loading messages on connection

33.6 Setting up the chat icon

33.7 Summary

Unit 8: Deploying and managing code in production

Lesson 34: Deploying your application

34.1 Preparing for deployment

34.2 Deploying your application

34.3 Setting up your database in production

34.4 Summary

34.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 35: Managing in production

35.1 Loading seed data

35.2 Linting

35.3 Debugging your application

35.4 Summary

35.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 36: Testing your application

36.1 Basic tests with core modules

36.2 Testing with mocha and chai

36.3 Testing with a database and server

36.4 Summary

36.5 Answers to Quick Check Exercises

Lesson 37: Capstone: Deploying Confetti Cuisine

37.1 Linting and logging

37.2 Preparing for production

37.3 Deploying to Heroku

37.4 Setting up my database

37.5 Debugging in production

37.6 Summary

Unit A: Appendixes

Appendix A: JavaScript syntax introduced in ES6

A.1 New in ES6

A.2 Let

A.3 Const

A.3.1 String Interpolation

A.3.2 Arrow Functions

A.4 JavaScript in Node.js

Appendix B: Logging

B.1 Logging

B.2 Global objects

B.2.1 Other non-global objects

About the Technology

Why use several languages for a web application when you only need one? Node.js is a server-side platform and runtime that you can use to build full stack web applications entirely in JavaScript! Node supports scalable, high-performance applications with easy asynchronous communication, an event-driven mindset, and a vast ecosystem of tools and modules. Node can handle the real-time response rates that games, chat sites, and statistical services need, and you get to program everything in JavaScript.

What's inside

  • Setting up your Node development environment
  • Creating a simple web server
  • Working with Express.js
  • Saving application data to a MongoDB database
  • Building a complete REST API
  • Deploying the finished product
  • Debugging your app in production order

About the reader

Written for developers who know HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. No prior experience with Node.js is required.

About the author

Jonathan Wexler has an extensive background in computer theory and web development. Having curated a Node.js curriculum as the academic director and lead developer for The New York Code and Design Academy, Jonathan has instructed multiple intensive programs in full stack development and currently works as a senior developer for Bloomberg LP.


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