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Learning Node.js Development

By : Andrew Mead
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Learning Node.js Development

By: Andrew Mead

Overview of this book

Learning Node.js Development is a practical, project-based book that provides you with all you need to get started as a Node.js developer. Node is a ubiquitous technology on the modern web, and an essential part of any web developers' toolkit. If you are looking to create real-world Node applications, or you want to switch careers or launch a side project to generate some extra income, then you're in the right place. This book has been written around a single goal—turning you into a professional Node developer capable of developing, testing, and deploying real-world production applications. Learning Node.js Development is built from the ground up around the latest version of Node.js (version 9.x.x). You'll be learning all the cutting-edge features available only in the latest software versions. This book cuts through the mass of information available around Node and delivers the essential skills that you need to become a Node developer. It takes you through creating complete apps and understanding how to build, deploy, and test your own Node apps. It maps out everything in a comprehensive, easy-to-follow package designed to get you up and running quickly.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Different text editors for node applications

In this section, I want to give you a tour of the various text editors you can use for this book. If you already have one you love using, you can keep using the one you have. There's no need to switch editors to get anything done in this book.

Now, if you don't have one and you're looking for a few options, I always recommend using Atom, which you can find at It's free, open source, and it's available on all operating systems, Linux, macOS, and Windows. It's created by the folks behind GitHub and it's the editor that I'll be using inside of this book. There's an awesome community of theme and plug-in developers so you really can customize it to your liking.

Now, aside from Atom there are a few other options. I've heard a lot of people talking about Visual Studio Code. It is also open source, free, and available on all operating systems. If you don't like Atom, I highly recommend you check this out, because I've heard so many good things by word of mouth.

Next up, we always have Sublime Text, which you can find at Now, Sublime Text is not free and it's not open source, but it's a text editor that a lot of folks do enjoy using. I prefer Atom because it's very similar to Sublime Text, though I find it snappier and easier to use, plus it's free and open source.

Now, if you are looking for a more premium editor with all of the bells and whistles in IDE as opposed to a text editor, I always recommend JetBrains. None of their products are free, though they do come with a 30-day free trial, but they really are the best tools of the trade. If you find yourself in a corporate setting or you're at a job where the company is willing to pay for an editor, I always recommend that you go with JetBrains. All of their editors come with all of the tools you'd expect, such as version control integration, debugging tools, and deploying tools built in.

So, take a moment, download the one you want to use, play around with it, make sure it fits your needs, and if not, try another one.