Beginning MERN Stack: Build and Deploy a Full Stack MongoDB, Express, React, Node.js App

Beginning MERN Stack: Build and Deploy a Full Stack MongoDB, Express, React, Node.js App

About the Book

In this book, we take you on a fun, hands-on and pragmatic journey to learning MERN stack development. You'll start building your first MERN stack app within minutes. Every chapter is written in a bite-sized manner and straight to the point as I don’t want to waste your time (and most certainly mine) on the content you don't need. In the end, you will have the skills to create a Movies review app and deploy it to the Internet.

In the course of this book, we will cover:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: MongoDB Overview
  • Chapter 3: Setting Up MongoDB Atlas Cloud Database
  • Chapter 4: Adding Sample Data
  • Chapter 5: Setting Up Our Node.js, Express Backend
  • Chapter 6: Creating Our Backend Server
  • Chapter 7: Creating The Movies Data Access Object
  • Chapter 8: Creating The Movies Controller
  • Chapter 9: Testing Our Backend API
  • Chapter 10: Leaving Movie Reviews
  • Chapter 11: Testing The Reviews API
  • Chapter 12: Route To Get A Single Movie And Its Ratings
  • Chapter 13: Introduction To React
  • Chapter 14: Create Navigation Header Bar
  • Chapter 15: Defining Our Routes
  • Chapter 16: MovieDataService: Connecting To The Backend
  • Chapter 17: MoviesList Component
  • Chapter 18: Movie Component
  • Chapter 19: Listing Reviews
  • Chapter 21: Adding And Editing Reviews
  • Chapter 22: Deleting A Review
  • Chapter 23: Get Next Page’s Results
  • Chapter 24: Get Next Page’s Results – Search By Title And Rating
  • Chapter 25: Deploying Backend On Heroku
  • Chapter 26: Hosting And Deploying Our React Frontend

The goal of this book is to teach you MERN stack development in a manageable way without overwhelming you. We focus only on the essentials and cover the material in a hands-on practice manner for you to code along.

Working Through This Book

This book is purposely broken down into short chapters where the development process of each chapter will center on different essential topics. The book takes a practical hands on approach to learning through practice. You learn best when you code along with the examples in the book.


No previous knowledge on Node.js or React development is required, but you should have basic programming knowledge. It will be a helpful advantage if you could read through my Node, Express book and React book first which will provide you will better insight and deeper knowledge into the various technologies. But even if you have not done so, you should still be able to follow along.

About the Author

Greg Lim
Greg Lim

Greg Lim is a technologist and author of several programming books. Greg has many years in teaching programming in tertiary institutions and he places special emphasis on learning by doing.

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