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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)

Web Servers in Node

We'll cover a ton of exciting stuff in this chapter. We'll learn how to make a web server and how to integrate version control into Node applications. Now to get all this done, we will look at a framework called Express. It's one of the most popular npm libraries, and for good reason. It makes it really easy to do stuff such as creating a web server or an HTTP API. It's kind of similar to the Dark Sky API we used in the last chapter.

Now most courses start with Express, and that can be confusing because it blurs the line between what is Node and what is Express. We'll kick things off by adding Express to a brand new Node app.

Specifically, we'll cover the following topics:

  • Introducing Express
  • Static server
  • Rendering templates
  • Advanced templates
  • Middleware