Node.js. It’s the latest in a long line of “Are you cool enough to use me?” programming languages, APIs, and toolkits. In that sense, it lands squarely in the tradition of Rails, and Ajax, and Hadoop, and even to some degree iPhone programming and HTML5.
The good news is that you’re hearing (and thinking) about the right things. Node really is concerned with network programming and server-side request/response processing. The bad news is that like Rails, Ajax, and Hadoop before it, there’s precious little clear information available. There will be, in time — as there now is for these other “cool” frameworks that have matured — but why wait for a book or tutorial when you might be able to use Node today, and dramatically improve the maintainability.
Table of contents
1. What is Node.js?
- Node isn’t always the solution, but it does solve some important problems.
- A warning to the Node experts out there
- Node: A few basic examples
- Interacting with a “Node server”
- A quick line-by-line primer
- Lost in translation
- Today’s web is a big-event web
- In the right place at the right time
- About the Author
- Title: What Is Node?
- Release date: July 2011
- Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
- ISBN: 9781449310059
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