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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

Making an Express web app

In this recipe, we're going to combine a lot of previous recipes together, also throwing in a few extra Express features (such as app mounting) in order to create the foundations of an Express-based web app with integrated administration features.

Getting ready

Let's start fresh, from the command line we say:

express profiler

Profiler is the name of our new app, it will be a profile manager for members of the Node community.

We need to edit package.json to say:

"name": "Profiler"

, "version": "0.0.1"
, "private": true
, "dependencies": {
"express": "2.5.8"
, "jade": ">= 0.0.1"
, "stylus": "0.27.x"
, "mongoskin": "0.3.6"

We've set the name to Profiler adding stylus and mongoskin, setting stricter version requirements for mongoskin. Jade and Stylus are built to work with Express, so they're likely to remain compatible with new releases (although we've restricted Stylus to minor version updates). Mongoskin has its own development processes. To ensure our project...