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What Is Node? [Kindle Edition]

Brett McLaughlin
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Node.js. It’s the latest in a long line of “Are you cool enough to use me?” programming languages, APIs, and toolkits. In that sense, it lands squarely in the tradition of Rails,and Ajax, and Hadoop, and even to some degree iPhone programming and HTML5.

Dig a little deeper, and you’ll hear that Node.js (or, as it’s more briefly called by many,simply “Node”) is a server-side solution for JavaScript, and in particular, for receiving and responding to HTTP requests. If that doesn’t completely boggle your mind, by the time the conversation heats up with discussion of ports, sockets, and threads, you’ll tend to glaze over. Is this really JavaScript? In fact, why in the world would anyone want to run JavaScript outside of a browser, let alone the server?

The good news is that you’re hearing (and thinking) about the right things. Node really is concerned with network programming and server-side request/response processing.The bad news is that like Rails, Ajax, and Hadoop before it, there’s precious little clear information available. There will be, in time — as there now is for these other “cool”frameworks that have matured — but why wait for a book or tutorial when you might be able to use Node today, and dramatically improve the maintainability.



Product Details

  • File Size: 269 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ISQ7JC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,535 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Node.js, or simply "Node", is a server-side solution for running JavaScript (it by itself is NOT JavaScript; "in fact Node is a C program" that you feed JavaScript), and in particular, for receiving and responding to HTTP requests. ... and is "concerned with network programming and server-side request/response processing."

For getting started, the book(let) includes the code for a basic "Hello World" program, and links to download Node from nodejs.org. There is an example and description of using JSON with Node, the evils in eval() in Node, and how to get past the evils (like use JSON.parse() )

Given that this is a short book; 18 pages including the cover, TOC, and other blank pages, where does this leave you?
Well, if you are a Node programmer, then this book offers nothing.
If you want to get started with Node, then there are other, more detailed books out there.
If you are a non-programmer, do not have the time or inclination to delve into a 300 page book, but still want to know at least **something** about Node, no matter how basic that may be, then, well, this book may be for you. You could get information on Node from a lot of technical websites out there, so spending $$ on this book may not be a good idea, in my opinion. What does make this book a bargain is the fact that it is free.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get to the point October 3, 2013
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Very good introduction that goes just to the meat. A few well chosen examples that gives an excellent peek into node.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great explanation August 8, 2013
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This kind of books are great to me because sometimes you don't want to get involve in the whole topic but instead, know a general point of view.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Amount of Information... December 2, 2013
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I'm in the process of getting up to speed on the plethora of Web-related tools and technologies after YEARS of desktop application development. I've been reading up on several "hefty" technologies (e.g., ASP.NET MVC), and keep coming across small references to Node. I went in search of something that would give me an absolute "crash course" on Node so I could continue my heavier reading a little more informed and comfortable in my new landscape. "What Is Node" totally lived up to its reputation, delivering a quick but significant understanding of Node is only about 45 minutes (and that's WITH kids, lots of loud noises, and a glass of wine to bring the day to an end).

I wasn't looking for perfect or exhaustive. I was looking for the ability to understand where "Node.js" would fit in a conversation with colleagues, and "What Is Node" delivered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the subject July 5, 2014
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For somebody who knew next to nothing about Node, it is a good introduction.Certainly not for those who would like to dig deeper.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good book June 20, 2014
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this was a good book. Seems he has some concerns about node. but a good book none the less. Found it interesting.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing meaningful here... June 2, 2014
By Ashish
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Nothing meaningful here... I dont think this book helps you understand how to code with Node. I fail to understand WHY do people even bother to write a book on coding when there is no code in the book. There are far too many people in software industry who dont know how to code and are scared of coding and survive by just "talking"....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very brief April 4, 2014
By IanLim
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It's a very brief and broad overview of what node.js is. While good for someone completely new to current web technologies, and looking for what's this 'node' everyone is talking about, it doesn't add much to those who were already familiar with related web technologies. I had finished the book some time back and it didn't leave any particular impression.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick short read on NodeJS basics.
This is a quick short read on NodeJS basics. Fine for beginners, not for intermediate to advanced developers. Know your JavaScript prior to reading this.
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Stevko
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good starting book
It really helped me too understand the objective behind NodeJS, although for practical knowledge it's a little vague. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nope
3.0 out of 5 stars Very short
This literally just answers the question that makes up the title. If you are looking for a more in depth treatment of the subject, you should buy something else. Read more
Published 4 months ago by GeooeG
1.0 out of 5 stars not very useful
There is not enough material in the book to study. I can easily find on the internet better materials on the topic.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick overview with little depth
This book is very short, and is basically a bite sized introduction to node. Only one example program provided as a teaser, and very little of that program is explained.
Published 7 months ago by Stephen
1.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for
I am glad it doesn't cost anything because that's that it is worth.
And that is all I have to say about that.
Published 7 months ago by ed Schmidt
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Introduction the Wets the Appetite
I'm not fully sure if this text answers the question, but it implants the idea that we should consider how application need to behave, regarding server and client interaction. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kode AC
3.0 out of 5 stars good overview
Not very long or technical, so necessarily short on details.
Recommended for people who need to know about but not program Node.
Published 8 months ago by David B Ezell
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