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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (25 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491949309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491949306
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Ethan Brown is a senior software engineer at Pop Art, a Portland-based interactive marketing agency, where he is responsible for the architecture and implementation of web sites and web services for clients ranging from small businesses to international enterprise companies. He has over twenty years of programming experience, from embedded to the web, and has embraced the JavaScript stack as the web platform of the future.


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The best technical book that I have read so far. Narration was very intersting. Was able to complete the book cover to cover in no time. Looking forword for more books from Ethan Brown.
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A very well written introduction to Node and to a degree web development in general. The author, like many others who write on the subject of web frameworks slowly gets the reader acquainted by building a web application and adding to it incrementally chapter by chapter. There are some additional chapters covering more obtuse subjects related to Node as well, to attempt to get all bases covered.

The only problem and it's not really something in the control of the author, is that Node is still a fairly young Framework and it's going to be prone to API changes. This is quite clear early on when we're told that way to set up a new project has changed quite substantially from the last version of Node released. If this were to happen again, this edition of the book could become more patchy in how useful it is. (at least in terms of it's code examples)
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This is a thorough and well written introduction to creating a realistic web application using Node and Express. More importantly it shows just how many third-party products, packages and plugins you need to install to get such a web site to work, and how primitive some of those tools really are. Getting the sample code for the book to work takes over an hour of installing packages, setting up a (free) database in the cloud and creating a configuration file.

If you have heard of Node and want to know what all the fuss is about then this is a great place to start. But, like me, you may decide that keeping all these moving parts up and running in a production environment is a job best left to someone else.
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HASH(0x8baf5c24) out of 5 stars Intro to Practical Modern Web Development 26 Aug. 2014
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From this book, I learned not just about how to write a basic Express app and make it nicely modular, but also learned from the enthusiastic author's wealth of knowledge and opinions about web development in general, including how to: provide security in a sane way (3rd party authentication, secure cookies, https, secure hosting and domain registration, etc.); make QA and deployment easier, simpler, and more trustworthy; plan for multi-year maintainability; and understand asynchronous javascript methods.

No knowledge of NodeJS is necessary -- I had none and was able to follow along and make my own little app. I would also estimate that (a lot) more space was used in this book covering web development in general than Node and Express in particular.
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HASH(0x8d112f0c) out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Node and Express 22 Oct. 2014
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This is the best book on Node and Express I've come across as well as one of the best technical books I've encountered in general.

I tried reading a few other books on the subject, and couldn't get past the first few chapters. The general spirit of all other books has been: "I just figured out this thing called Node, and now I'll share my scant understanding of the subject by following a useless example with excruciating detail while addressing few practical issues."

By contrast, this book goes something like this: "Here are some common problems in web development. Here are some good solutions. Here's why these are good solutions. Here's how to implement these solutions using Node and Express." The book also follows an example but with just enough detail to illustrate the issues, and detailed discussions of the relevant concepts--not the example--are the focus.

The author has a wealth of web development experience and covers most topics on building a useful web application. Unlike with other sources, I've been able to find concise, practical answers to questions I had about starting to use Node and Express in my projects.
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HASH(0x8bdb6474) out of 5 stars Provides good information, bad code examples 10 Mar. 2015
By Jeffrey Young - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been working along with the examples in this book and, while the book is informative, many of the examples don't work. This is problematic as future exercises rely on prior ones. In many cases this may simply be progress outpacing publishing: many of the examples use older or now obsolete versions of libraries or tools, not to be unexpected with relatively new technology. I've noted these problems on this book's O'Reilly errata page as descriptively as possible, as have many other readers.

Other than the problems with the code examples, this book does offer a good conceptual framework for developing for the Web using these technologies. I hope future versions work out the code example issues.
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HASH(0x8bdbe24c) out of 5 stars A Nice Introduction to Express 27 July 2014
By Ziqi Xiong - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably the newest O'Reilly book on express.js, which gives a very concise and clear introduction to this convenient framework. For beginners in node.js, I recommend reading Node.js in Action first, which gives more details on the natures of node, and then moving on to this book.
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HASH(0x8baf8228) out of 5 stars Really a great introduction, but nothing more 14 Jan. 2015
By Cameron Moss - Published on Amazon.com
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While I did enjoy reading this book and felt it really taught me how Node and Express work, I would like to stress that you get only $20 worth of great introductory material. If you are curious, as I was coming from a Django background, about how to construct an MVC or a RESTful API using Node, those chapters are bare bones, and you should look to MEAN.js for better examples.
Rather than following too closely Brown's github project that accompanies this book, I would suggest cloning the MEAN.js foundation project to see how a Node site can be built support a powerful front-end. The Haviv book (MEAN.js author) is one you'll want to keep by your side as you code because for one thing, angular.js factories (or some equivalent) are the essential glue between Node driven models and client-side views.
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