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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (Nov. 28 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617290572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617290572
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
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About the Author

Mike Cantelon is a web programmer with 10 years of experience in bespoke and product-oriented web application development

Marc Harter is a passionate JavaScript developer with deep experience in event-style programming. He works daily on large scale projects including high availability real-time applications, streaming interfaces, and other data intensive systems.

T.J. Holowaychuk is a prolific open-source engineer who has backed Node since its infancy. He has also authored many robust Node.js modules, including the popular Express web framework, Cluster, Stylus, and Jade, among many others.

Nathan Rajlich is an active Node developer who has been working with Node since its early days. He has authored an impressive collection of Node modules including NodObjC and maintains a port of Node that runs on Apple's iOS.

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Really hesitating between giving this book 4 and 5 stars. Ideally, I'd give it 4.5 stars if Amazon allowed me to.

This is the second book I've read about Node.js (technically, I read half of one before) and it is much much better than the first.

I find it lacks some of the intellectual rigor of other books I've read: some key concepts are explained too late in the book (ex: waiting until mid-way through the book to discuss the nuance of the __dirname variable as an aside), the API or functionality is sometimes not completely clarified and overall, the book is probably too ambitious in terms of material covered for it's width (it probably could have used an extra hundred pages or two), for example when talking about the testing libraries or the security libraries for Connect.

Overall though, the book explain things with enough clarity that you should quickly gain a working understanding of Node.js and I love the author's emphasis on the important things. This became apparent when the book discussed the sequencing of asynchronous logic. The previous book I read discussed a handful of patterns in a very messy way. This book stuck to the essentials and explained it well and in a manner that made it more accessible, because let's get real: it isn't rocket science and it shouldn't be taught like it was. The authors are competent teachers.

Also, the scope of topics covered in this book is pretty solid. At the very least, it will give you an intro on anything you need to know to get started on a project or at least, anything I needed to know and then some. I should probably add here that when I write that, I assume of course that you are familiar with web development (both from a client and server perspective).
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Some examples are not working anymore due to changes in new version of Node.js. The book should ship witth an errata page but it doesn't so you have to look trough the forum or trough the web to find one such as or

Still not a bad book but not the best I've read.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5e63798) out of 5 stars Server-Side Javascript Platform Clearly Explained Dec 4 2013
By ronstern314 - Published on
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I am a dinosaur from the days of batch processing with Cobol programs on IBM mainframes. I wanted to build a new modern website for the small manufacturing company I now work for. HTML5 and client-side Javascript were fairly easy to pick up, but I had little experience with the server side of things, especially when it comes to interactive versus batch. I was relieved to discover Node.js, which allows server-side programming in Javascript. (I wasn't sure I could handle learning ANOTHER language (like PHP) at this point.) The online documentation for Node.js and its extensions is not (at the time, at least) geared to beginners, so thank goodness for "Node.js in Action." The book is clear and each chapter builds upon the previous one, gradually introducing new abstractions and program sophistication. This book is pretty much a "must have" for programmers new to Node.js, but make sure you have a good grounding in Javascript before you pick it up.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5e638ac) out of 5 stars Good book for novice nodejs developers Dec 9 2013
By Perri Orlando - Published on
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I've just started learning nodejs and this is not the first book I read about the topic.

I found out this is the best book I've read so far on the topic.
It starts from the very beginning and guide you through the whole development process.
It doesn't delve deep into low level details but I think this is due to target audience for this book.

It explains you the basics and there are a lot of good examples to get you started.

Nodejs is very extensible and there are a lot of useful packages. The book tries to cover the most useful in the daily usage.

The only bit I didn't like a lot is the development of the first application, it comes to early in the book and doesn't really help in understanding the language.

The rest of the book is well done. I'd advice this book to all nodejs novice who want to get ready to use it quickly.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5e639cc) out of 5 stars The good (very good Node.js intro), The Bad (poor code quality with no tests) and The Ugly (lots of outdated content) of Node.js Aug. 2 2014
By vrto - Published on
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There are so many things happening around Node.js nowadays that it is really hard to tell *where* to start from if you plan to jump on to node train. So I got myself this book and good news - it does exactly that! Nicely, slowly, from the scratch! Welcome to the journey of Node.js!

This book will guide you through the series of various use cases and walk you line-by-line through the code examples and patiently explain how Node works. Most of them get from very simple hello worlds to more complex problems (like full-blown app with photo uploading and pagination functionalities). On the other hand, some examples actually felt terrible - like the problem being solved was too artificial and uninteresting. In general I'd say that my feelings from the examples are a bit mixed.

Node.js has its own and unique ecosystem and you'll get through variety of very node friendly technologies. You'll see how to integrate Node.js with modern persistence solutions like MongoDB and Redis and more traditional SQL databases as well. You'll see how to use Node.js as your primary server-side framework and how to integrate it with popular web frameworks like Express or popular templating technologies like Mustache, Hogan.js, Jade etc. There is also chapter on 'Node ecosystem' and for some unknown reason it's the last chapter in the book. I suggest you read this chapter early to get the idea how does node.js taste out there in the wild.

One of the greatest advantages is that authors didn't forget about things like deployment, troubleshooting and clustering. There is a whole chapter on those things and it's definitely well wroth of reading!

Nothing's perfect though. Mistakes were made in this book as well. I have to say that most of the source code in the book is of rather poor quality. It's something I definitely wouldn't call 'representative'. And certainly not production ready, as most of the examples *COMPLETELY* omit tests. That's something I ain't forgivin'! You might wanna ask yourself why do I miss those tests so much? Well if you want to follow the examples in the book and you want to add function by function, you're probably going to make some typo and so the only reasonable thing to do is either *not to* write examples yourself (run those that are included), or write tests yourself.

Another sad thing (which is not exactly authors' fault) is that Node.js evolves so rapidly, that some chapters have become quite obsolete. For example, most of the things in chapters 6 and 7 are not even runnable with latest node.js distributions.

And yet another thing that I have mixed feelings about is that I think that those 400 pages could've been used a bit better. There is a whole chapter on a horrible thing called EJS that everybody hates. Also you'd probably expect from the super-hipster-modern Node.js book that REST would be first class citizen. Well, there is a chapter on REST, but most of the samples in other chapters are not RESTful in nature.

There are certainly some very good introductory chapters in this book, but I am afraid that poor code quality, lack of tests and plenty of obsolete information make this book less and less relevant with every new day.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6138f54) out of 5 stars Skip it. Online resources are much better. Jan. 1 2015
By Idon'twantapenname! - Published on
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Not too good...

(1) Scattered, unfocused, and disorganized.
(2) The code given in the examples in does not run. The code given by the authors on their website fails to run correctly.
Yes, I followed the directions in the book. The first example of a big application is given without any context so what happens when you make even a minor mistake in the code? It won't run, naturally. Will you know enough about the code to fix it? I'm a pretty good programmer and I couldn't. The only reason I have the example running is because I found someones fixed code on GitHub.
(3) There are very few practical things in this that make sense in the context of developing something that actually runs. If you can get something running this book will not give you the tools to extend the code or do anything useful.
(4) You really can't use this book as a reference. Where would you look stuff up?
(5) The worst thing is that they use PHP code to reference Node (javaScript) code. What the hell? I don't know PHP. I don't need to know PHP. Bleh.

Big disappointment. Pretty much useless.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa615f66c) out of 5 stars This book is an outdated shamble Dec 12 2014
By John K. Wegner - Published on
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Node in Action was a much anticipated book since 2013. I so a lot of buzz around it, but turned out to be huge disappointment for me. It’s featured on and other websites, but the book uses obsolete libraries. All express examples are wrong because they written for v3.x and don’t support the current version 4.

The creator of express and one of the co-authors is no longer working with node. By the way, there are 4 authors in this book! It doesn’t have the flow or the same style. The book feels like a patchwork. The chapters are totally unrelated to each other. They jump from one topic to another. There are bits and pieces here and there, but overall they are confusing and mostly useless. Some parts contradict each other or duplicate what’s already been covered.

I also purchased practical node and happy with it so far, because all express examples work and versions are stated everywhere in the book.