Building Isomorphic JavaScript Apps
From Concept to Implementation to Real-World Solutions
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2015
Pages: 212

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Isomorphic JavaScript, often described as the holy grail of web application development, refers to running JavaScript code on both the browser client and web application server. This application architecture has become increasingly popular for the benefits of SEO, optimized page load and full control of the UI, and isomorphic libraries are being used at companies like Walmart, Airbnb, Facebook, and Netflix.

With this practical book, authors Jason Strimpel and Maxime Najim provide the knowledge you need to build and maintain your own isomorphic JavaScript apps.

This book includes:

  • Part 1 identifies different classifications of isomorphic JavaScript apps, and shows you how to set up a development environment
  • Part 2 takes you from theory to practice by showing you how to build out your own isomorphic app
  • Part 3 takes you through existing solutions in the market today, providing you with the knowledge you need to bring isomorphic solutions into your development workflow
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good introduction

By luca mezzalira

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Comments about oreilly Building Isomorphic JavaScript Apps:

I liked the first part of the book where the author was talking about the history on how we are arrived on having isomorphic applications.
The second part was more practical but in my opinion missed to explore in deep the potential issues someone could have working with this approach.

Anyway a good introduction, definitely after this book the developer will need to go more in deep about the context and find by itself how to deal with potential different issues

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Isomorphism made easy and well structured

By 3v0k4

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    Comments about oreilly Building Isomorphic JavaScript Apps:

    This book came out when I was doing research for an academic isomorphic project and helped me a lot structuring my reasoning.

    The first part introduces isomorphic js applications and how they came to be. In the second part, in a step by step fashion, you are guided to build an isomorphic app with Node and Hapi.

    This is a great introductory reading for novices in isomorphic apps. Also, it helps a lot to structure your knowledge if you've been playing for a while with isomorphism.

    Don't forget that what Jason and Maxime speak about is stuff that is used in real production apps at WalmartLabs.

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    Great book! Well paced & instructive

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      Comments about oreilly Building Isomorphic JavaScript Apps:

      Disclaimer: I've only read through chapter 8 in the Safari Early Release version.

      This book tackles a potentially very complex topic, but the authors have written a very approachable, yet instructive book.

      I've read lots of technical books. Often, authors get bogged down in touting their own frameworks, or the complexities of the domain they're using for the example application. In this book, although the authors have necessarily made some framework choices (e.g. Hapi, Browserify), it's easy to see how those could be swapped out, yet they don't waste time showing us how to do it.

      What you're left with at the end is a core app that has all the elements you'll need to build your own, without any cruft. Looking forward to building some Isomorphic Javascript stuff!

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