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Node.js the Right Way: Practical, Server-Side JavaScript That Scales by [Wilson, Jim]
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""Node.js the Right Way"" really is the right way to get a fast start with modern serverside JavaScript programming. It goes far beyond the basic mechanics of JavaScript and Node and shows you what really goes into making a quality server-side application.""--Allen Wirfs-Brock, Project editor, ECMAScript Language Specification

""If you're just getting started with Node, skip everything else--this is the only book you'll need.""--Rick Waldron, Software Engineer, Boucoup, LLC

""Finally, a book that teaches that Node.js is much more than a bare-bones webscale application server for hipsters.""--Eric Redmond, Coauthor of Seven Databases in Seven Weeks

About the Author

Jim R. Wilson is a software engineer at Google. He's contributed to several open-source projects including corridor, HBase, MediaWiki, and Node.js. In addition to coding and writing, Jim is a speaker and co-author of Seven Databases in Seven Weeks.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1237 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
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  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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Node.js the Right Way is a fantastic little book. It’s a small book (but then it’s Pragmatic exPress) and it doesn’t go into anything in much detail, but then that’s what makes it fantastic. It gives a useful and practical overview of writing Node.js server side applications and explains many of the tools and JavaScript patterns which will be useful to Node.js programmers.

It starts off with examples of manipulating the local file system using Node.js. This struck me a little odd as the only thing I tend to use the local file system for is reading configuration files. If I need to write a file I tend to put it in Amazon S3. However, this is genius and looking at how to manipulate the filesystem gives some useful insights into Node.js programming.

The book then goes on to look at networking with sockets, something which is often neglected in a world where we expect everything to be RESTful. There’s then a tour through scalable messaging, including clustering, how to access databases and how to write web services, including JavaScript promises and generators!

The final chapter covers writing a web application with a single page front end and authentication. This is the only place the book falls down. Too much is covered in two short a chapter. It’s still quite useful though.

This is not a book for a novice JavaScript or even a novice Node.js developer, but for once a little knowledge is not a dangerous thing and Node.js the Right Way will help increase that knowledge. It even led me to believe JavaScript might actually be the future.
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I think this book gets the balance just right between explaining the concepts it introduces, and being too verbose. Yeah, it is relatively short, but that is a strength. Long books with vast tracts of code can get very boring very quickly. This book does not, and keeps the learning pace up well. Most of the examples are short enough that you can (and should) type them in yourself and try running them - it helps cement the concepts being taught.

Yeah, there are a couple of typos and mistakes that somehow got through proof reading (passing null as the first param into Array.prototype.slice?) but they're quite easy to spot and fix if you have some existing of JavaScript (which you should), and they will no doubt be fixed in the next edition of the book which is on the way soon:[...]
Also note that this book often makes the assumption that you will be running on the Linux commandline, not Windows. Quite a few things will need changing a bit to get to work on Windows, especially the IPC stuff (Windows simply doesn't support ipc:// URLs, you just have to use TCP instead and it works fine). Again, not a major drawback in my opinion.

The book is the best I've seen for getting the balance right between teaching just the right concepts (starting out by explaining the single-threaded nature of Node.js, for example, is a CRUCIAL thing to do and this book does it) and overexplaining things to the point of being boring.

In short: I highly recommend this book. Buy it and you probably won't need to buy anything else to learn Node.js.
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Excellent introduction to Node.js. Clearly worded and gets straight to the point. One of the best technical books I have read.

Ps I have a helicopter
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Really liked this one as a second book on node: focused, well written, pitched to experienced developers. Only wish it was longer. For those new to node Wandschneider's 'Learning Node' would be a good place to start.
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