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Smashing Node.js: JavaScript Everywhere (Smashing Magazine Book Series) Kindle Edition

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From the World’s Number One Resource for Web Designers and Developers – The Ultimate Guide to the Technology That’s Taking the Web Development World by Storm

Node.js is a powerful web development framework written in JavaScript that makes it simpler and easier than ever to develop robust, highly-scalable server-side web apps. Smashing Node.js shows you what Node.js is and how to put it to work on your next project. Packed with real-world examples that demonstrate why Node.js is quickly becoming the tool of choice among web developers everywhere, it gets you quickly up and running with the knowledge and skills you need to:

  • Make sense of Node’s Event-Loop Architecture, Non-Blocking I/O, and Event-Driven Programming
  • Master the Ins and Outs of Node’s Apis
  • Effortlessly Implement Real-Time Technologies, Such as Shocket.IO and HTML5 Websockets
  • Program Apps That Scale Up to Support Vast Numbers of Simultaneous Connections Across Multiple Servers
  • Leverage Node’s Ability to Support an Array of Database and Data Storage Tools
  • Write Code That Can Handle Tens of Thousands of Connections at a Time—On One Machine
  • Interact in Real-Time With Other Developers on a Companion Web Site Featuring Additional Chapters and More Annotated Examples—Source Code Included

Beautifully illustrated with tons of full-color illustrations and packed with useable source code, Smashing Node.js is your total guide to the revolutionary web development tool.

About the Author

Guillermo Rauch is CTO and co-founder of San Francisco-based education startup LearnBoost. He is the inventor of several renowned Node.js projects, and he has been a speaker at JSConf as well as Nod.js workshops.


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  • File Size: 1870 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1119962595
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 14, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008Z5OEUY
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By nalgebia on May 17, 2013
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This book gives good background on Node.js and details on why things are the way they are. However, everything good about this book is negated by the numerous (and obvious) errors in the example code. These mistakes are really inexcusable considering how basic they are. It's almost as if they were written in a rush and then nobody double checked them later. The mistakes were so bad, I returned this book for a refund. I don't recommend buying this book - there are many better alternatives.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By sjpatrick on July 11, 2013
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I'd rate this book as "better than nothing," but I'd be hard-pressed to recommend it.
Not yet through the book, which I do intend to finish, there have already been two major project examples that rely on a twitter api that is two generations retired; these sample projects can never succeed. Moreover, there seem to have been a few significant releases of node.js and its own specifications as the minimalist packages.json file examples provided no longer run cleanly. They do work, but they aren't pretty doing it.
Worse than that is the extremely haphazard way that code samples are provided: in little snippets at a time, out of order or out of context entirely, with seldom-provided final code listings. If we're trying to follow along, make sure the code that we're supposed to be using is clearly marked as such (and distinguishable from illustrative segments not related to the grander project) and in sequence whenever possible (which should be always).
Lastly but again regarding the sample code, I can't speak to whether this is a possible ebook oddity, but commas should always end a line and precede a newline, never begin a line of code. That and the conditional "value == variable" syntax (which is purely the author's doing and cannot be attributed to the book's format) make my eyes bleed.
I won't rate this book worthless as I am indeed learning node.js while moving through it. I merely wish I didn't have to fight the book so much to do so.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hedin on October 2, 2012
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I just bought the Kindle version a couple of hours ago for my job. I love the author's work, but the transcription to Kindle leaves something to be desired. I can't read Figure 1-4. It's just too small. There doesn't seem to be any way to enlarge it. I have the most recent Kindle-on-PC.

I just a moment ago bought the paperback version to supplement when I can't read the Kindle version. But I shouldn't have to do that.

Rick
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pmjtoca on September 19, 2012
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I did appreciate this book by Rauch G. a lot.
It is concise, it is to the point and it introduces a lot of simple but robust patterns to help us start building more sophisticated applications using Node.js.
I have really appreciated the laconic style of these writings.
The book is implicitly opinionated about certain "modules", the mentioned one are obviously Rauch G.'s choice... for good reasons certainly.

To conclude, the design of the book has been made to be as educational (progressive learning, don't skip any chapter and in the end you will have acquired a consistent and practical know-how) as possible, and it is a real success. Respect, Mr. Rauch. Always to the point, simply and clearly. It will make of this book a reference about using Node.js, efficiently !

Highly recommended. (I am a french consultant in software quality and enjoy developing web app.,... as a hobby).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JremyD on August 18, 2013
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This seemed like a good choice for someone introducing themselves to node. However, I couldn't get past the second chapter. I received so many errors using their example code, I spent more time on node.js and npm websites than I did in this book. And I couldn't find any Errata anywhere on the companion website. Waste of time and money. Look elsewhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By adeptima on September 20, 2012
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Enjoy reading Smashing Node.js on PC version of Kindle.
Highly recommended to anyone who is not happy with performance of their php+mysql applications, and start shopping around for new ideas.
Perfect fit for my level
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pavel Vlasov on August 18, 2013
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I bought this book because it had good rating, but I'm rather disappointed after reading it for the following reasons:
- It focuses on rather obvious things and doesn't go into details.
- Self promotion:
a) The author put in a whole chapter about a library which he wrote.
b) In the WebSockets chapter the author did not bother to show how to use Node.js WebSockets API's. Instead he showed how to code WebSockets Server side using his wrapper library.
- Occasional Master Yoda grammar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Mucsi on December 29, 2012
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The book has clear explanations and touches on relevant subjects. I found it more useful than other Node books.

I would like to give it 4 stars because copying the code samples from Kindle is next to useless. Unnecessary spaces are introduced and linefeeds are removed. I can not understand how the proofreader (if there was any) did not notice that the wrong character is used for " throughout the book.
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