Installing the Express framework and other modules

Now that we have npm installed, let's make use of it and install some of the modules we will be using heavily throughout this book. The most important among them is the Express framework (http://www.expressjs.com/). It is a flexible web application framework for Node.js, providing a robust RESTful API for developing single or multi-page web applications. The following command will download the Express module from the npm repository and make it available for our local Node.js installation:

npm install -g express 

You will find the express module among the results of an npm ls after a successful installation. Later in this chapter, we will learn how to write unit tests for our Node.js modules. ...

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