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Node.js Blueprints

By : Krasimir Stefanov Tsonev
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Node.js Blueprints

By: Krasimir Stefanov Tsonev

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Node.js Blueprints
About the Author
About the Reviewers


As you probably know, the big things in our sphere are those that are moved by the community. Node.js is a technology that has become really popular. Its ecosystem is well-designed and brings with it the flexibility we need. With the rise of mobile development, JavaScript occupies a big part of the technology stack nowadays. The ability to use JavaScript on the server side is really interesting. It's good to know how Node.js works and where and when to use it, but it is more important to see some examples. This book will show you how this wonderful technology handles real use cases.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Common Programming Paradigms, introduces us to the fact that Node.js is a JavaScript-driven technology, and we can apply common design patterns known in JavaScript in Node.js as well.

Chapter 2, Developing a Basic Site with Node.js and Express, discusses how ExpressJS is one of the top frameworks on the market. ExpressJS was included because of its fundamental importance in the Node.js world. At the end of the chapter, you will be able to create applications using the built-in Express modules and also add your own modules.

Chapter 3, Writing a Blog Application with Node.js and AngularJS, teaches you how to use frontend frameworks such as AngularJS with Node.js. The chapter's example is actually a dynamic application that works with real databases.

Chapter 4, Developing a Chat with Socket.IO, explains that nowadays, every big web app uses real-time data. It's important to show instant results to the users. This chapter covers the creation of a simple real-time chat. The same concept can be used to create an automatically updatable HTML component.

Chapter 5, Creating a To-do Application with Backbone.js, illustrates that Backbone.js was one of the first frameworks that introduced data binding at the frontend of applications. This chapter will show you how the library works. The to-do app is a simple example, but perfectly illustrates how powerful the framework is.

Chapter 6, Using Node.js as a Command-line Tool, covers the creation of a simple CLI program. There are a bunch of command-line tools written in Node.js, and the ability to create your own tool is quite satisfying. This part of the book will present a simple application which grabs all the images in a directory and uploads them to Flickr.

Chapter 7, Showing a Social Feed with Ember.js, describes an Ember.js example that will read a Twitter feed and display the latest posts. That's actually a common task of every developer because a lot of applications need to visualize social activity.

Chapter 8, Developing Web App Workflow with Grunt and Gulp, shows that there are a bunch of things to do before you can deliver the application to the users, such as concatenation, minification, templating, and so on. Grunt is the de facto standard for such tasks. The described module optimizes and speeds up your workflow. The chapter presents a simple application setup, including managing JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and cache manifests.

Chapter 9, Automate Your Testing with Node.js, signifies that tests are really important for every application nowadays. Node.js has some really great modules for this. If you are a fan of test-driven development, this chapter is for you.

Chapter 10, Writing Flexible and Modular CSS, introduces the fact that two of the most popular CSS preprocessors are written in Node.js. This chapter is like a little presentation on them and, of course, describes styling a simple web page.

Chapter 11, Writing a REST API, states that Node.js is a fast-working technology, and it is the perfect candidate for building a REST API. You will learn how to create a simple API to store and retrieve data for books, that is, an online library.

Chapter 12, Developing Desktop Apps with Node.js, shows that Node.js is not just a web technology—you can also create desktop apps with it. It's really interesting to know that you can use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create desktop programs. Creating a simple file browser may not be such a challenging task, but it will give you enough knowledge to build your own applications.

What you need for this book

You need Node.js installed, a browser, and your favorite code editor. That's all you will use. There are a lot of additional modules to be used, but Node.js comes with a wonderful package manager which handles the installation process.

Who this book is for

The book is for intermediate developers. It teaches you how to use popular Node.js libraries and frameworks. So, good JavaScript knowledge is required.


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