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Learning Node

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Take your web development skills from browser to server with Node--and learn how to write fast, highly scalable network applications on this JavaScript-based platform. With this hands-on guide, you'll quickly master Node's core fundamentals, gain experience with several built-in and contributed modules, and learn the differences and parallels between client- and server-sid...more
ebook, 396 pages
Published August 27th 2012 by O'Reilly Media (first published January 1st 2012)
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Chris Berkhout
The beginning is quite a nice introduction to Node and its ecosystem, and earns this book its 3 stars.

Once it moves onto frameworks, databases and miscellaneous topics, it becomes rather superficial and only warrants a brief skim. The discussions of testing, security and deployment in particular, do not convey, or appear to draw from solid understanding of these practices.

Do read this for an easy introduction, but look elsewhere for more depth.
Horst Gutmann
The actual introduction to Node.js is IMO quite well written, but the author wastes white a lot of space introducing for instance technologies like MongoDB and Redis when one example for a datastore would be enough to show the point of persistent storage. This and some other aspects made me skim through whole chapters :-/ There is also a multi-page appendix on how to use Git and Github ... Quite a WTF moment.
There are some things written here which I have figured out easily by googling a year ago. But thankfully, it's not entirely true.

I was looking for a book that teaches you how to build one simple and fairly complex application. There's no cohesive story here. The author simply introduced Node libraries and somehow reading the last 9 chapters felt like reading a documentation page.
JavaScript outside of the browser? Blasphemy, you say? Nope, it's true and you need to read this.
Simon Fermor
Very readable and full of good examples.
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