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Express Web Application Development

By : Hage Yaaapa
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Express Web Application Development

By: Hage Yaaapa

Overview of this book

Express is a minimal and flexible node.js web application framework, providing a robust set of features for building single and multi-page, and hybrid web applications. It provides a thin layer of features fundamental to any web application, without obscuring features that developers know and love in node.js. "Express Web Application Development" is a comprehensive guide for those looking to learn how to use the Express web framework for web application development. Starting with the initial setup of the Express web framework, "Express Web Application Development" helps you to understand the fundamentals of the framework. By the end of "Express Web Application Development", you will have acquired enough knowledge and skills to create production-ready Express apps. All of this is made possible by the incremental introduction of more advanced topics, starting from the very essentials. On the way to mastering Express for application development, we teach you the more advanced topics such as routes, views, middleware, forms, sessions, cookies and various other aspects of configuring an Express application. Jade; the recommended HTML template engine, and Stylus; the CSS pre-processor for Express, are covered in detail. Last, but definitely not least, Express Web Application Development also covers practices and setups that are required to make Express apps production-ready.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Express Web Application Development
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Auto-generating an Express app

The process of creating the manifest file, the app.js file, the views, and other directories and files can become a tedious chore as we start to work on multiple projects. To automate this process, we can use the express command-line tool.

To refresh you memory, we first encountered the express command-line tool while learning how to install Express. We were told that it generates Express app skeletons; now we have a fairly good idea what it might do.

Using its help option (-h), let's ask express how it works and what its options are:

$ express –h

  Usage: express [options] [directory]


    -h, --help          output usage information
    -V, --version       output the version number
    -s, --sessions      add session support
    -e, --ejs           add ejs engine support (defaults to jade)
    -J, --jshtml        add jshtml engine support (defaults to jade)
    -H, --hogan         add hogan.js engine support
    -c, --css <engine>  add stylesheet...