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CoffeeScript Application Development

By : Ian Greenleaf Young
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CoffeeScript Application Development

By: Ian Greenleaf Young

Overview of this book

JavaScript is becoming one of the key languages in web development. It is now more important than ever across a growing list of platforms. CoffeeScript puts the fun back into JavaScript programming with elegant syntax and powerful features. CoffeeScript Application Development will give you an in-depth look at the CoffeeScript language, all while building a working web application. Along the way, you'll see all the great features CoffeeScript has to offer, and learn how to use them to deal with real problems like sprawling codebases, incomplete data, and asynchronous web requests. Through the course of this book you will learn the CoffeeScript syntax and see it demonstrated with simple examples. As you go, you'll put your new skills into practice by building a web application, piece by piece. You'll start with standard language features such as loops, functions, and string manipulation. Then, we'll delve into advanced features like classes and inheritance. Learn advanced idioms to deal with common occurrences like external web requests, and hone your technique for development tasks like debugging and refactoring. CoffeeScript Application Development will teach you not only how to write CoffeeScript, but also how to build solid applications that run smoothly and are a pleasure to maintain.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
CoffeeScript Application Development
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 11. CoffeeScript on the Server

Until now, almost all our CoffeeScript code has been written to run in a browser. Our web application is a fully client-side system backed by static content. This has worked well for us so far, but it's time for bigger and better things. We're going to venture onto the server and learn how to run CoffeeScript code in Node.js. We'll take this opportunity to turn our web application into a dynamic system that can respond to user input.

We will:

  • Convert our Node application to CoffeeScript

  • Give our server some additional responsibility for handling data

  • Use a simple database to make our application dynamic

  • Encapsulate common development tasks with an easy command-running tool