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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
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Appendix A. Organizing Your Work


"The way to build a complex system that works is to build it from very simple systems that work."

 --Kevin Kelly

Node's straightforward module management system encourages the development of maintainable codebases. The Node developer is blessed with a rich ecosystem of clearly defined packages with consistent interfaces that are easy to combine, typically delivered via npm. When developing both simple and complex solutions, the Node developer will often find many pieces of that system readymade, and can rapidly compose those open source modules into larger, consistent, and predictable systems.

Because the value of any one module can be multiplied by adding useful submodules, the Node module ecosystem has grown rapidly.

We will cover the details of how Node understands modules and module paths, how modules are defined, how to use modules in the npm package repository, and how to create and share new npm. By following some simple rules you will find it easy to shape the structure of your application, and help others work with what you've created.


"Module" and "package" will be used interchangeably to describe the file or collection of files compiled and returned by require().