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CoffeeScript Programming with jQuery, Rails, and Node.js by Michael Erasmus

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Node.js and npm

Node.js has its own package management system, called npm . It's used to install and manage packages, libraries, and their dependencies that run in the Node.js ecosystem. It is also the most common way of installing CoffeeScript, which itself is available as an npm package. Thus, it's actually very easy to install CoffeeScript after you have set up Node.js and npm.

There are different ways of installing Node.js and npm, depending on your Operating System and if you need to compile the source or not. Each of the subsequent sections will cover the instructions for your OS.

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The Node.js wiki contains a ton of information on installing and running Node on a plethora of platforms. If you run into any trouble during this chapter, you ...

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