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Hands-on JavaScript for Python Developers

By : Sonyl Nagale
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Hands-on JavaScript for Python Developers

By: Sonyl Nagale

Overview of this book

Knowledge of Python is a great foundation for learning other languages. This book will help you advance in your software engineering career by leveraging your Python programming skills to learn JavaScript and apply its unique features not only for frontend web development but also for streamlining work on the backend. Starting with the basics of JavaScript, you’ll cover its syntax, its use in the browser, and its frameworks and libraries. From working with user interactions and ingesting data from APIs through to creating APIs with Node.js, this book will help you get up and running with JavaScript using hands-on exercises, code snippets, and detailed descriptions of JavaScript implementation and benefits. To understand the use of JavaScript in the backend, you’ll explore Node.js and discover how it communicates with databases. As you advance, you’ll get to grips with creating your own RESTful APIs and connecting the frontend and backend for holistic full-stack development knowledge. By the end of this Python JavaScript book, you’ll have the knowledge you need to write full-fledged web applications from start to finish. You’ll have also gained hands-on experience of working through several projects, which will help you advance in your career as a JavaScript developer.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Section 1 - What is JavaScript? What is it not?
Section 2 - Using JavaScript on the Front-End
Section 3 - The Back-End: Node.js vs. Python
Section 4 - Communicating with Databases

Hello, World!

Create a new directory called hello-world and initialize a node project with npm init, similar to how we did previously. In Chapter 13, Using Express, we'll work with Express, a popular web server for Node.js. However, for now, we'll use a very bare-bones method of creating a page.

Start off your index.js script as follows:

const http = require('http')

http.createServer((req, res) => {
res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'})
res.end("Hello, World!")

As with fs and readline, http is built in to Node, so we don't have to use npm install to get it. Rather, this will work out of the box. Add a start script in your package.json file:

"scripts": {
"test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1",
"start": "node index.js"

Then fire it up!

Figure 11.2 - Executing npm start

OK, our output isn't super helpful, but...