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Node Cookbook

By : David Mark Clements
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Node Cookbook

By: David Mark Clements

Overview of this book

The principles of asynchronous event-driven programming are perfect for today's web, where efficient real-time applications and scalability are at the forefront. Server-side JavaScript has been here since the 90's but Node got it right. With a thriving community and interest from Internet giants, it could be the PHP of tomorrow. "Node Cookbook" shows you how to transfer your JavaScript skills to server side programming. With simple examples and supporting code, "Node Cookbook" talks you through various server side scenarios often saving you time, effort, and trouble by demonstrating best practices and showing you how to avoid security faux pas. Beginning with making your own web server, the practical recipes in this cookbook are designed to smoothly progress you to making full web applications, command line applications, and Node modules. Node Cookbook takes you through interfacing with various database backends such as MySQL, MongoDB and Redis, working with web sockets, and interfacing with network protocols, such as SMTP. Additionally, there are recipes on correctly performing heavy computations, security implementations, writing, your own Node modules and different ways to take your apps live.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Node Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

CSS engines with Express

Once we have our HTML, we'll want to style it. We could of course use raw CSS, but Express integrates nicely with some select CSS engines.

Stylus is one such engine. It's written with Express in mind, and as a syntax it follows many of the design principles found in Jade.

In this recipe, we're going to put Stylus in the spotlight, learning how we can use it to apply styles to our profiles table from the previous recipe.

Getting ready

We'll need our nca folder as it was left in the previous recipe.

How to do it...

First, we need to set up our app to use Stylus.

If we were starting a new project, we could use the express executable to generate a Stylus-based Express project, as follows:

express -c stylus ourNewAppName

This would generate a project where stylus is a dependency in package.json, with an extra line in app.js within app.configure:

app.use(require('stylus').middleware({ src: __dirname + '/public' }));

However, since we've already got a project on the hotplate...