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Learn to build scalable software in JavaScript with Node.js

Node.js is a popular framework that allows you to build fast, highly scalable network programs using JavaScript. However, it comes with a learning curve. This in-depth guide walks you through the installation of the Node.js platform and then focuses on the essentials of creating and loading modules; using buffers to manipulate, encode, and decode binary data; simplifying event binding with the event emitter pattern; and more. Covering everything from scheduling the execution of functions using timers to creating and controlling external processes, this book gets you up and running and building and testing your own modules.

Professional Node.js:

  • Addresses querying, reading from, and writing to files
  • Explores streams, file systems, networking, and automated unit testing
  • Details how to read and write streams of data
  • Zeroes-in on building TCP and HTTP servers and clients
  • Reviews using datagrams, testing and debugging modules, and controlling the callback flow
  • Shows how to develop real-time web applications using Connect, Express, and Socket.IO
  • Walks you through connecting to MySQL, CouchDB, and MongoDB

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About the Author

Pedro Teixeira is a prolific open-source programmer and author of many Node.js modules. He is a founding partner of The Node Firm and a senior programmer at Nodejitsu Inc., the leading Node.js platform-as-a-service provider. He is also the author of the popular Node Tuts screencasts.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Misleading Title - not a thing about professional patterns, Javascript, or how to scale nodejs Nov. 27 2013
By Matthew Krueger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I dislike giving negative reviews. This is my first.
Professional Node.js: Building Javascript Based Scalable Software is a misleading title. There isn't any actual info on Professional design patterns for working with Node, nor anything on how to scale Node, and nothing about Javascript - this is not up to 'Professional'. At best, it is a Beginners Guide for developers who have neither the time nor interest in learning Javascript.

As someone with 5+ yrs of professional JavaScript experience I skimmed through this book in under an hour, and gained little to nothing outside of what you can easily find online from Joynet's API documentation [...] This book tries to avoid teaching you anything about JavaScript. If you are making a commitment to node, I would recommend you instead learn the language and get a good intro book on JS - then move onto what's readily available for free online.

I was looking for help understand the following:
> Professional Node Programming Patterns
> Node for HA (High Availability)
> Insight into how to write 'Middleware' (Foundational pattern for working with ExpressJS)
> A better understanding of how to work with Request and Response objects.

This book contains little to no info on anything above.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Best NodeJS Learning resource to date! March 5 2013
By CURTIS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the best learning resource for Node to date. It is broken down in to digestible chunks making it easy to jump in for an hour or few and jump out without having to reorient yourself when returning.

A big plus over other resources is that it doesn't place abstraction over the core node way of doing things right away. Many internet tutorials plug in other JavaScript libraries (expressjs for example) right away. What they are basically doing is saying hey, we're going to teach you JavaScript, but turn around and teach you jQuery (Which is a JS technically but you get the idea).

Dive in and you'll pick up some solid node understanding in a day or 2. Also it does cover popular libraries at the appropriate time. I highly recommend this book to anyone coming to node for the first time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Recommended March 12 2013
By Ayp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book introduces Node.js and various related technologies. It starts off with how to install Node.js
and covers the Core API, how to fo File Processing, Streams and Networking, how to build Web Applications
and connect to databases like MongoDB, MySQL, CouchDB etc.

It specifically covers about event driven programming on the Server Side, using buffers to encode/decode binary data,
how to do event binding, creating and controlling external processes, building TCP Servers, HTTP Servers, HTTP Client,
securing using HTTPS, using Express.JS, SOCKET.IO etc.

The book is easy to read and very understandable.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive Node.js Book Jan. 2 2013
By N. P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is the most comprehensive Node.js book out. There's a lot of good code examples, and it's clear and easy to read. A good source of information for developers that want to take their Node.js skill to the next level
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best NodeJs book out there. Aug. 22 2013
By Agon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stop reading whatever book you were reading and get this book ASAP. It is the most comprehensive book with a lot of topics, a lot of code snippets that explain the theory in hand very well and in fact they also show best practices when writing JS code! I've tried two other books and some video courses, but none of them come even close to this book. Remember to practice as much of the code examples, only skip them when you are certain you know what's going on. Best of luck!


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