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Node.js in Action

Mike Cantelon, Marc Harter, T.J. Holowaychuk, and Nathan Rajlich
Foreword by Isaac Z. Schlueter
  • October 2013
  • ISBN 9781617290572
  • 416 pages

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From the Foreword by Isaac Z. Schlueter, Node.js Project Lead
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Node.js in Action is an example-driven tutorial that starts at square one and guides you through all the features, techniques, and concepts you'll need to build production-quality Node applications. You'll start by learning how to set up your Node development environment, including loading the community-created extensions. Next, you'll run several simple demonstration programs where you'll learn the basics of a few common types of Node applications. Then you'll dive into asynchronous programming, a model Node leverages to lessen application bottlenecks.

about the technology

JavaScript on the server? You bet. Node.js is a JavaScript server capable of supporting scalable, high-performance web applications. Using asynchronous I/O, the server can do more than one thing at a time, a key requirement for real-time apps like chat, games, and live statistics. And since it's JavaScript, you use the same language end to end.

about the book

Node.js in Action shows you how to build production-quality applications. Clear introductions of key concepts and example-by-example coverage take you from setup to deployment. You'll dive into asynchronous programming, data storage, and output templating, and interact with the filesystem to create non-HTTP applications like TCP/IP servers and command-line tools. Perfect for a web developer transitioning from Rails, Django, or PHP.

what's inside

  • Set up Node and extensions
  • Grok asynchronous programming and the event loop
  • Examples including microblogging, IM, games, and more

about the reader

Requires basic knowledge of JavaScript. No prior experience with Node.js needed.

about the author

As skilled practitioners, expert teachers and trainers, and contributors to the core framework, authors Mike Cantelon, Marc Harter, T.J. Holowaychuk, and Nathan Rajlich represent the best of the Node.js development community.

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The definitive guide to Node and the Node.js ecosystem.

Kevin Baister, 1KB Software Solutions

Superbly written with practical (and even funny) real-world examples.

Àlex Madurell, Polymedia SpA

Thoroughly enjoyable ... will get you up and running very quickly.

Gary Ewan Park, Honeywell

An excellent resource written by the people behind the code.

Brian Falk, NodeLingo, GoChime