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Jump Start Node.js [Kindle Edition]

Don Nguyen
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Book Description


• A concise and hands-on introduction to using Node.js that can be read in a weekend
• Based around a practical and easily understandable project: a fully-functional stock price monitoring application.
• Includes complete working code
• Low price point

This short book provides readers with a fun, breezy and yet practical introduction to Node.js – an increasingly popular framework that is designed from the ground up for writing real time, scalable Internet applications with JavaScript. Node.js is being touted by some as the successor to Rails as it is highly productive and overcomes some of the performance issues associated with Ruby, and provides a unifying language all the way from the front end to the back end
This book is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to the framework, or an in-depth programming tutorial, rather it will give readers a good grounding in Node.js, outline what they need to get going, including installing all necessary software, and give them the confidence to experiment on their own.
The book should be built around a working, real-life example project: a stock price monitoring application. This is used to demonstrate the concepts outlined in the book in a practical way. This application is fun and easy to understand, yet sufficiently complex to be able to be used to demonstrate a range of programming concepts.
The content follows the typical SitePoint style: it's clear, approachable and very easy-to-follow, and also has a sense of fun.


Don Nguyen's background is in building real time trading systems to analyze every single transaction for multiple markets spanning many years. Applications had to be fast, scalable and fault tolerant. These are exactly the same principles that need to be applied to modern day web applications.

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About the Author

Don Nguyen's background is in building real time trading systems to analyze every single transaction for multiple markets spanning many years. Applications had to be fast, scalable and fault tolerant. These are exactly the same principles that need to be applied to modern day web applications.

Product Details

  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: SitePoint Pty Ltd (November 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0DPMX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice quick guide to Node.js December 26, 2012
By Eric
I primarily use ASP.NET MVC and the Microsoft web stack, but wanted to try out Node to see what it has to offer. This book covers getting started with Node and then delves into creating a simple stock trading engine and corresponding web site. It covers a number of web technologies and libraries that are commonly associated with building Node applications including: Express (Node library for handling web requests), unit testing (using Mocha), Bootstrap (UI/CSS framework), MongoDb (document/object/hierarchical database), Socket.IO (always connected, socket communication), and Backbone (client side MVC/UI Javascript library). Of course you could buy a single book for each of these technologies, so each is only covered in the depth that is needed to build the sample web application. Overall the book is a nice quick guide (under 150 pages) to what's possible with Node.js, especially if you're already a seasoned web developer coming from another stack (Rails, PHP, Microsoft, etc.). It's not for beginning programmers or people who haven't done any web programming before. The book seems to favor a Linux development experience, but I followed along without a problem using Windows and Microsoft's Web Matrix IDE (which works pretty good for Node development). I didn't notice any spelling/grammar errors or code typos, which means the technical editors and authors did their job. I read the PDF version directly from Sitepoint. Sitepoint always publishes a stunning looking (full-color) eBook. Compared to the other Node books I've looked at, this is a more practical coverage of actually building a working application. Most of the other Node books take their time wading through the internals of Node. It would have been nice to see the sample application built out a little bit more (more forms, more ideas on how to structure the views, layouts, routing, etc), but this is the most complete book I've seen so far on building a web application with Node.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Rubbish March 24, 2013
By Stan
This book is only 154 pages, which happens to be the crux of this book's suckiness. The author attempts to cover a plethora of technologies like express, mocha, MongoDb, backbone.js, Twitter bootstrap, asynchronous development, the node package manager, etc., AND he takes you through the building of a stock market program in node.js. Do you think 154 pages is enough to explain anything in detail? It's like he's been assigned the task of teaching you something, but he only has two hours to do it so he just rushes through everything. The book is basically an exercise in copying and pasting code, running it, and then patting yourself on the back because you managed to run something in node.js. Never mind the fact that what you just ran is completely incomprehensible to the person who bought the book.

I've noticed a trend in IT books recently. They try to throw as many titles as they can out there so they appear in Amazon search results, but most of the titles don't contain the same amount of content that they did in the past. So here SitePoint thought, "Hey we need a quick book on Node.js so we can tap into that market share!" Never mind the fact that the book is only 154 pages and WILL NOT make you a decent node.js programmer. They promote the book as "something you can do in a weekend" when really it's $20 for poorly written, rushed information that had money in mind and not you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Try Amazon's preview first ... January 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
From a Windows / .NET developer and a Mac user's perspective. This is not a tender-footed approach suitable for a beginner. If you already have Node.js installed or are familiar with the Mac Terminal (which I'm shaky at) then this will not walk you through the process of install and initial configuration. Don't believe me? Follow the instructions in the section of the book called "In the Beginning" ... you can preview this directly on Amazon. There is so much left unsaid that I'm having to fill in a lot of the preliminary details by guessing. Economy of words is good as long as you can express yourself adequately. But at least give me a few screen shots so I can deduce what you want me to do next. I can't recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Primer. Not a deep dive, but excellent. May 29, 2013
I'm working my way through this book currently. I've probably used half a dozen javascript resources in general so far.
JS for professional web developers, JS the good parts, professional node.js, eloquent javascript.

This is a great book for someone with knowledge of another backend technology like PHP, python, rails, etc. who's curious about node, or a front-end developer with some experience using javascript beyond jQuery.

Especially useful for me is the copy: this is a great explanation of javascript and concurrent IO as it relates to blocking and multi threaded technologies. It provides meaningful context around how and why, and in a way that gives you useful examples to try immediately.
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