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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 SMS

Being able to send SMS text messages to our users is another way for us to connect with them

It is possible to connect our computer to a GSM modem, interact with specialized libraries (such as Asterisk,, combined with ngSMS,, and interface with the libraries and the telephony equipment to send SMS messages.

There are easier ways though. Services like Twilio provide gateway SMS services, where we contact them via an HTTP REST API and they handle the SMS sending for us.

In this recipe, we'll convert our newsletter mail out app into a blanket SMS service using the twilio module.

Getting ready

This requires a Twilio account ( Once signed up and logged in we should take note of our Account SID, Auth Token, and Sandbox phone number (we may have to select our country of residence to obtain the appropriate Sandbox number).

We'll need some phone numbers to send texts to for testing purposes. In the sandbox mode (which is what...