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Web Development with MongoDB and Node - Third Edition

By : Bruno Joseph D'mello
Book Image

Web Development with MongoDB and Node - Third Edition

By: Bruno Joseph D'mello

Overview of this book

Node.js builds fast, scalable network applications while MongoDB is the perfect fit as a high-performance, open source NoSQL database solution. The combination of these two technologies offers high performance and scalability and helps in building fast, scalable network applications. Together they provide the power for manage any form of data as well as speed of delivery. This book will help you to get these two technologies working together to build web applications quickly and easily, with effortless deployment to the cloud. You will also learn about angular 4, which consumes pure JSON APOIs from a hapi server. The book begins by setting up your development environment, running you through the steps necessary to get the main application server up-and-running. Then you will see how to use Node.js to connect to a MongoDB database and perform data manipulations. From here on, the book will take you through integration with third-party tools to interact with web apps. You will see how to use controllers and view models to generate reusable code that will reduce development time. Toward the end, the book supplies tests to properly execute your code and take your skills to the next level with the most popular frameworks for developing web applications. By the end of the book, you will have a running web application developed with MongoDB, Node.js, and some of the most powerful and popular frameworks.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Chapter 1. Welcome to JavaScript in the Full Stack

What was once only considered a language to add enhancements and widgets to a web page has since evolved into its own fully-fledged ecosystem. As of the survey of year 2017 (, it stands as the most popular language in terms of usage on stack overflow with around a million questions tagged on it. There are tons of frameworks and environments to make it possible to run JavaScript almost anywhere. I believe Atwood's law says it best:

"Any application that can be written in JavaScript will eventually be written in JavaScript!"

While this quote dates back to 2007, it's never been truer than today. Not only can you use JavaScript to develop a complete single-page application such as Gmail, but you will also see how we can use it to achieve the following projects in the coming chapters of the book:

  • Completely power the backend using Node.js and Express.js
  • Persist data with a powerful document oriented database such as MongoDB
  • Write dynamic HTML pages using Handlebars.js
  • Deploy your entire project to the cloud using services such as Heroku and Amazon Web Services (AWS)

With the introduction of Node.js, JavaScript has officially gone in a direction that was never even possible before. Now, you can use JavaScript on the server and you can also use it to develop full-scale, enterprise-level applications. When you combine this with the power of MongoDB and its JSON-powered data, you can work with JavaScript in every layer of your application.

Let's quickly go through some basic concepts of Node.js and MongoDB, which will help you in following the rest of the chapters in this book.