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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

Sending email

In many platforms, the ability to send email comes standard, but the Node approach leaves the email functionality to the developer.

Thankfully, there are some excellent module creators in the Node community who have already created modules for sending email. In this recipe, we'll be using the well-featured third-party nodemailer module to send an imaginary newsletter to a list of recipients.

Getting ready

In order to send an email, we'll need a functioning SMTP server that we can connect to. In a later recipe, we'll be creating our own SMTP server, but for now we'll have to acquire some details of our SMTP to use our client with.

If we have an email address, we have access to an SMTP server. We can find out the SMTP host address from our provider.

If required we can obtain access to an SMTP server by signing up for a Gmail account (at Once we have an account, we can use as the host, with our Gmail address as the username.

We'll create a new folder...