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Mastering Node.js

By : Sandro Pasquali
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Mastering Node.js

By: Sandro Pasquali

Overview of this book

Node.js is a modern development stack focused on providing an easy way to build scalable network software. Backed by a growing number of large companies and a rapidly increasing developer base, Node is revolutionizing the way that software is being built today. Powered by Google's V8 engine and built out of C++ modules, this is a JavaScript environment for the enterprise.Mastering Node.js will take the reader deep into this exciting development environment. Beginning with a comprehensive breakdown of its innovative non-blocking evented design, Node's structure is explained in detail, laying out how its blazingly fast I/O performance simplifies the creation of fast servers, scalable architectures, and responsive web applications.Mastering Node.js takes you through a concise yet thorough tour of Node's innovative evented non-blocking design, showing you how to build professional applications with the help of detailed examples.Learn how to integrate your applications with Facebook and Twitter, Amazon and Google, creating social apps and programs reaching thousands of collaborators on the cloud. See how the Express and Path frameworks make the creation of professional web applications painless. Set up one, two, or an entire server cluster with just a few lines of code, ready to scale as soon as you're ready to launch. Move data seamlessly between databases and file systems, between clients, and across network protocols, using a beautifully designed, consistent, and predictable set of tools.Mastering Node.js contains all of the examples and explanations you'll need to build applications in a short amount of time and at a low cost, running on a scale and speed that would have been nearly impossible just a few years ago.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Mastering Node.js
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HTTPS, TLS (SSL), and securing your server

The security of web applications has become a significant discussion topic in recent years. Traditional applications normally benefited from the well-tested and mature security models designed into the major servers and application stacks underpinning major deployments. For one reason or another, web applications were allowed to venture into the experimental world of client-side business logic and open web services shielded by a diaphanous curtain.

As Node is regularly deployed as a web server, it is imperative that the community begins to accept responsibility for securing these servers. HTTPS is a secure transmission protocol—essentially encrypted HTTP formed by layering the HTTP protocol on top of the SSL/TLS protocol.

Creating a self-signed certificate for development

In order to support SSL connections a server will need a properly signed certificate. While developing, it is much easier to simply create a self-signed certificate, which will allow...