- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (November 26, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617292036
- ISBN-13: 978-1617292033
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simon Holmes has been a full-stack developer since the late 1990s and runs Full Stack Training Ltd.
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After finishing a node project, I've lowered my review from 4 to 3 stars. While this book is a well written introduction to Node and Express (though it inexplicably omits Swagger when the subject turns to APIs), it struggles when the subject changes to Mongo, Mongoose, and Angular. It's still a readable book, but don't expect to come away with an understanding of APIs, Mongo, Mongoose, or Angular (which in 2016, feels like dated framework). Ironically, the book's awkward approach to Angular did a good illuminating why you might want to look for a different client-side framework..
The book starts out great and has a very intuitive architecture for the projects. As progress further into the book, however, more things begin to not work either because the book uses an older version of a module(which I understand the author can't control after the book is released) or because the instructions in the book are just wrong or things are left out. As you get into the later chapters, there's a lot of debugging you need to do because of these mistakes. Thankfully the book has a git repo that you can clone and check the code with for every chapter.
Overall, this is a great book on learning Node but the mistakes that appear later were time consuming and annoying to fix. Hopefully the author will be releasing a second edition where these things will be fixed.
Like the MEAN stack itself, this excellent how-to book is not suited for impatient people who want to leap right in and start coding. Indeed, you don't start coding in this book until page 53, after reading some important discussions of full-stack development and the MEAN stack architecture.
"Getting MEAN with Mongo, Express, Angular, and Node" provides details, explanations and examples I have needed and wanted for a long time, in one well-written, nicely illustrated volume. This book definitely will be my go-to reference guide as I build (and debug) new MEAN stack single-page applications.
(Special thanks to Manning for providing a review copy.)
The book walks you through building a web application with the Express framework, adding database functionality using MongoDB and Mongoose, and developing an API for the web app. It culminates in transforming the entire app to an Angular single page application. Considering the quality and amount of material covered, I consider the book a bargain. I'd strongly recommend this text to developers new to any or all components in the MEAN stack.
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