Web Development with Node and Express
Leveraging the JavaScript Stack
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2014
Pages: 330

Learn how to build dynamic web applications with Express, a key component of the Node/JavaScript development stack. In this hands-on guide, author Ethan Brown teaches you the fundamentals through the development of a fictional application that exposes a public website and a RESTful API. You’ll also learn web architecture best practices to help you build single-page, multi-page, and hybrid web apps with Express.

Express strikes a balance between a robust framework and no framework at all, allowing you a free hand in your architecture choices. With this book, frontend and backend engineers familiar with JavaScript will discover new ways of looking at web development.

  • Create webpage templating system for rendering dynamic data
  • Dive into request and response objects, middleware, and URL routing
  • Simulate a production environment for testing and development
  • Focus on persistence with document databases, particularly MongoDB
  • Make your resources available to other programs with RESTful APIs
  • Build secure apps with authentication, authorization, and HTTPS
  • Integrate with social media, geolocation, and other third-party services
  • Implement a plan for launching and maintaining your app
  • Learn critical debugging skills

    This book covers Express 4.0.

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      5.0

      Great book for getting started

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        Comments about oreilly Web Development with Node and Express:

        Everything is presented simply and the text is easy to read.

        This book eschews the use of Jade in favor of handlebars. I think this was a great switch and really appreciated seeing a book go with another view engine. Express is great but I just can't stomach using Jade, so this book fit the bill for me perfectly.

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        Comments about oreilly Web Development with Node and Express:

        The book is incredibly easy to follow and the order of content and learning material make this an effective book for people interested in Node and Ember.

        This may be due to the early release nature of the book, but early on you're introduced to "Meadowlark" which is the main example. The author promises to keep using and building upon this one example until you have a fully functioning Node.js website. Halfway through the book the examples become detached and hard to follow, the application of the examples is explained but the relevance to the main example is skewed more and more towards the end.

        The examples in the book are also based around the Express (3.x) framework which contains many plugins that have been detached or deprecated from Express (4.X).

        Other than those main issues, the book is an excellent read and will be even better when it is finished.

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        It contains much than you expect

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        This preview contain much than you expect on Express Framework...Hope the final version will cover the 4th version.

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        Easy to understand and to the point

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          Comments about oreilly Web Development with Node and Express:

          I'm reviewing an early release version of the book so I'm only reviewing what is available. What I have read is good. The author walks through many things about development with node and express (3.x) that make it easy to understand how to build apps with node and express. It is done in a way that you get the concepts, not just that you have a recipe that you can blindly follow. Only hope that since this is an early release and express 4 is out the book will be updated to reflect that since there are significant changes in the way 3 and 4 work.

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