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on 20 February 2013
On the whole I found this book to be well written and well structured. It covers a lot of ground by having lots of small chapters - some are only 10 pages long. This gives the feeling that as you're reading, you're really moving through the subject rapidly. As the title suggests, this book is for professionals - if you're new to JavaScript or Server-side development, this is unlikely to be the right book for you.

Overall, the quality of the writing is good and I only spotted a handful of typos. I do think that the editing could have been better, especially towards the end of the book. The last few chapters have large amounts (up to 5 full pages worth) of code repeated again and again. Quite often the changes from one version to the next are not highlighted - earlier in the book, changes are highlighted in bold, but this convention drops off in the last few chapters.
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on 17 August 2015
While I don't deny there are some useful examples in this book, it's format means it is more of a reference guide than a book to learn the technology. Much of the book follows the pattern : OK, sometimes you need to do X, so here's a snippet of code. There is very little context around the examples and to be honest I had to go to google to fill out the bits left out by the book.

I am not sure who the intended reader is for this book, definitely not beginners, but at the same time anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of Node.js could find the same information freely available online.

Finally the example code provided in the book is painfully basic; a static file web server, a datagram echo server, an express js webserver with a couple of routes - again all easily found online. Plus due to the fast moving nature of Node.js some of the examples are out of date - hardly the fault of the book, but just reinforced my opinion that freely available online tutorials and resources are better than this book.

Do yourself a favour, skip this book and start here :

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2353818/how-do-i-get-started-with-node-js

Do a bunch of tutorials, then pay for a course if you need more information and then finally buy one of these Node.js books as a reference guide (if you really need to).
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on 20 June 2013
I was looking for a great book to get started with node, and this one was just right. Im experienced developer in other technologies and found very easy to follow the book. I think is the best one in the market, later this year others will appear but now this is by far the best Node book.
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on 30 December 2014
I've got this book as a PHP developer to get to know Node and Javascript better - I found the material here perfect for this.
After reading the book, I have better understanding of Node than I could have gained reading online or watching tutorials
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