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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

Empowering Express with middlewares

In Chapter 1, What is Express?, we learned about Express middlewares and saw how to create one. Now, let's go find out how to include one in our app. Remember we use app.use() for including middlewares.

Though we can write our own middlewares, we will focus on using one of the middlewares that comes bundled with Express.

For your reference, the following is the list of the middlewares that are available in Express, by default:




The app's routing system


Log requests to the server


gzip/deflate support on the server


Basic HTTP authentication


Parse application/ json


Parse application/x-www-form-urlencoded


Parse multipart/form-data


Parse request body. Bundles json, urlencoded, and multipart middlewares together


Request timeout


Cookie parser


Session support