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ISBN-13: 978-0672335952 ISBN-10: 0672335956 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672335956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672335952
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

George Ornbo is a web developer at pebble {code}, an agency that specializes in delivering web applications built with Node.js, Ruby, .NET, and F#. Ornbo has more than eight years of experience delivering web applications for both startups and established corporate clients. He is currently working on an online gaming startup.


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There were very few mistakes, and the ones I found were fairly easy to correct.
Bruce Baker
I would recommend this book to any developer who wants or needs to get up to speed with node.
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I've read quite a few books on Node.js, including titles from O'Reilly and other publishers.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Ferrio on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Of course, I couldn't. It didn't exist a year ago, when I decided to adopt node.js for a medium-sized commercial web application with lots of moving parts and an insanely short runway. A client of long standing had already invested more than a decade's worth of R&D into a specialized machine learning engine written in C++ running on small clusters. This wasn't their whole secret sauce, but it was the tomato in their marinara. An opportunity to apply the engine to much larger datasets - including some near real-time components - created a window of opportunity. But they would need to move fast. They would need to scale dynamically in a private cloud; the computations would be "highly parallel and adaptively coordinated;" and they needed a web interface to support regional offices on three continents. Oh, and they wanted a ReSTful API to help the the home office develop new applications on the infrastructure. And it had to be operational in one month.

None of the web frameworks I had worked with in the past really seemed like a good fit to both features and schedule. I needed a flexible kit which would allow me to quickly implement custom servers and clients and integrate cleanly with database-driven webapps and message queues. I'd heard some of the hype about node.js and thought that it was probably mostly that...hype. Well it turns out that node.js was exactly what I needed to do all this and more and deliver my project on time.

Now, approaching the the end of 2012, using node.js in this scenario seems almost routine. It was much less so just a year earlier. Buzz outweighed books about node.js then. There was so much to learn. The entire node.js ecosystem was evolving rapidly, some might say fanatically.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By fred on March 4, 2013
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Before getting to hour 08, I was glad I purchased this book. Unfortunately, the code in the book and on githup is out of date with the tools being described there - i.e. Express, Jade, MongoDB, and Twitter Bootstrap

If you use the latest version of these tools, the code in the book for hour 8 and on githup simply doesn't work.

So, before you by this book, go to githup ([...]) to see if the code has been updated. I'm writing this on 3/4/2013 and the code on githup hasn't been updated for 8 months.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Philip A. Damra on February 8, 2013
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This was a great introduction to Node.js, and very thorough. The only problem is that this book covers the express framework, which is an important part of the node ecosystem if you're interested in building web applications (think Sinatra for Rails) but the version covered is 2.5.8, and the current version has a different API, so you'll have a hard time getting the examples to work, but only on the sections that cover express.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul W on September 15, 2013
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I have been through this book multiple times. I read it cover to cover on a plane / camping trip, then came home and went through it again actually doing the examples on a computer. Normally I find that intro books only skim the surface and I have a hard time actually using anything i learn in less trivial instances. This wasn't the case with this book. Some chapters give a very in depth overview, then the exercises at the end are very helpful.

Other reviewers have complained about typos in the source code. I noticed a few, but I type the code examples, instead of copy paste and generally can spot them. I didn't run into anything that didn't work, with the exception of the Twitter API chapter. But that's because of changes on the Twitter side, not the fault of this book.

FWIW: I'm an experienced JavaScript developer mainly using Backbone.js, but have had very little exposure to node.js.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in node.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave the Rave on October 21, 2012
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This is a good book about Node.js. It's well-organized, steps you through Node, from installation to building some moderately involved apps. The writing style is easy to follow but not dummed-down, like some intro books can get. The chapters each cover a distinct chunk of what you need to know, so if you need a guide to Node, I'd recommend it.

I didn't give it five stars because I'm not a fan of the 'XYZ in 24 hours' style and this one fell short for some of the same reasons as the others. They have to work hard to break things into 24 units, and have to bluff on some. The 'hour' on CoffeeScript, for example, seemed like filler and has no specific Node.js connection. Besides, I finished that one in 20 minutes!

Still, though, a solid book on Node.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Oberther on August 31, 2013
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Having never written a lick of Javascript in my life this book provided a good introduction of what node.js is, how it can be useful, and covered some of the more popular modules/extensions. Additionally the coverage on what tools and resources are available in the node.js community provides a good launching point for further learning. The book does a good job explaining the basics with plenty of examples making it ideal for someone new to server side application development.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Baker on August 18, 2013
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The book assumes general computer skills; but no knowledge of Node.js. There were very few mistakes, and the ones I found were fairly easy to correct. It doesn't go into any details about the inner workings of Node.js; but for an introductory text that's an asset rather than a liability. If you are going to really go far with Node.js, you'll need a supplementary book on the subject.
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