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Rapid Prototyping and Scalable Deployment

About the Author

Mike has had the privilege of working with some of the largest and most influential brands in the world, including Disney, Microsoft and McDonalds. He has years of web development experience, designing and building everything from small business sites to large MMO server clusters hosting millions of players.In his free time Mike maintains his personal blog (http://www.alwaysgetbetter.com) and contributes to forums and experiments with emerging frameworks and software. Mike lives in Vancouver with his wife and their three children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449337392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449337391
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Wilson is a developer, systems architect and administrator who specializes in highly scalable and responsive web applications. He has been building web applications small and large across multiple industries for over a decade, bringing his experience and insights into his writing.

Mike is a multifaceted developer with experience in many technologies and programming languages. He shares his thoughts on his website at http://www.alwaysgetbetter.com.

Customer Reviews

It takes longer, so I bought a book to save me time, but this book fails in that regard.
JP Kabler
It helped me get SOME of my code working, but it's not without its bugs and I was following the code verbatim.
PageMaster
Don't buy it, there are free videos and tutorials that explain stuff much better than this.
George Katsanos

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JP Kabler on February 20, 2013
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I hate the fact that I hate this book so much. I want to like it, I really do. The author is clearly incredibly knowledgeable on Node, MongoDB, and Backbone.js. I respect the fact that he didn't do what most books do and simply try to just use an incredibly simple example. He actually mentions topics like security, best practices, and minimum viable product requirements. Unfortunately, the book is a "high friction" learning experience. What I mean by "high friction" is that simply trying to follow along with the author is difficult, and introduces a cognitive load that interferes with the learning process. For example, the author introduces code, without ever mentioning what file, let alone the directory or subdirectory in the project the code is located. Can you find it by looking? Of course, but I didn't buy a book to dig around through source code. If I wanted to learn by digging around in source code, I would. It takes longer, so I bought a book to save me time, but this book fails in that regard. The worst part: I trust O'Reilly as a publisher and have really liked their products. This book drags their reputation through the mud in my opinion. It fails on delivering what I paid for, and that sucks I want my money back, but I doubt that will be happening anytime soon. O'Reilly, author, please feel free to contact me if you want to make this right.

Just to be clear, in the past two months, I've torn through several coding books: books on Meteor.js, Node, PANDAS, etc. They have all been incredibly productive, fun experiences. This book was a stark contrast to those. Difficult and with no context offered.

In the meantime, I'm going to teach myself Backbone from some videos, blog posts, and source code, since they are superior to this awful book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris Alvarado on January 20, 2013
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First review here so please bear with me. . .

I picked this book up only days after its release. I am a software developer with over 15 years of experience and in that time I have purchased and read through a plethora of tech books. I'm almost always itching to learn some new languages / frameworks. At the moment I'm really wanting to become proficient with NodeJS / MongoDB hence the purchase of this title. I consider myself a senior level (very capable and even talented at times) developer. But this book . . . wow. The editor was either asleep or non-existent. The code examples often deviate from the descriptions and in some cases functionality is reference that was never detailed in code.

The style of this book (and the description as well as the first pages) lead me to believe that it was meant to be a complete walkthrough of constructing an application from start to finish. But there are key pieces of functionality that are omitted that then cause the application you are working on to fail. I've been able to hunt down the issues on my own and repair them so that the application works in the end but again . . . where was the editor?

Bottom line, this book is in dire need of some QA!

In all fairness though, I do feel much more comfortable with NodeJS / MongoDB / Backbone now. I think this book coupled with several others that I have ordered will enable me to become quite familiar with this set of frameworks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PageMaster on May 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
Short story: You don't want none of this s*** Dewey!

Less short story:
First off, I don't like writing negative reviews. It takes a lot for me to even write a review. I learned some things while reading and re reading this book to make sure I understood exactly what was going on, but this book was -not- ready for publication. If you're beginning with node and you want to spend hours fiddling with this code to get it to work for you I would not recommend it.

For those who haven't purchased this book yet:
Move along sir. Consider looking at "Professional Node", "Node Beginner", "Learning Node", "Jump Start Node", "Node.js In Action", "Node Cookbook", "Node for front-end Developers", "Node up and Running" .... or anything else. Trust me.

For those who unfortunately purchased this book:
There is an errata corrections link at O'Reilly - warning, its minimally helpful:
[...]
Check it out though.

There is only ONE mention of github in my version of this book. It's where to find development shots of Node.js. That's great. After quite a bit of googling, turns out he has a github page for errata corrections as well:
[...]

Of 15 issues mentioned by github users, 5 have been closed. Go there if you've wasted your time and want to get -some- of the code working before you eventually decide to cut your losses.
It helped me get SOME of my code working, but it's not without its bugs and I was following the code verbatim. Copy and paste, clone the github repository, go wild. You'll still feel like a baby seal doing double barrel cart wheels in the air cuz the local orca pod is bored today.

Hope this helps someone.

For MongoDB books:
MongoDB Applied design patterns
MongoDB In Action
Mongo DB The Definitive Guide
The Definitive Guide to MongoDB -- yes its different from the one just above
Scaling MongoDB
50 Tips and Tricks for MongoDB Developers
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By hrc1920 on January 22, 2013
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I was really excited to get this book because it covered three things (Node, MongoDB and Backbone) that I've been meaning to learn and looked to be a concise, inexpensive book. Unfortunately, it was too good to be true. You only get to learn Backbone and Mongo in a context of the project the book walks you through building. It would have been much more useful to have a guide to getting up and running with each of these platforms independently of one another.

The book reads like a bunch of code (for a large, odd, social networking platform) with lots of comments -- just not useful for those looking for a higher-level overview and approach to getting up and running with these platforms and strategies to use for building projects with them.
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