The npm Book
The npm Book
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The npm Book

Last updated on 2013-09-01

About the Book

Note: npm has undergone dramatic changes since this book was released. At this time, I have no plans to update the book to reflect those changes. Check out the official npm docs instead.

Every Node developer relies on npm—the Node Package Manager—yet few fully understand it. Just under the surface, npm is bristling with rich features that make Node development a pleasure. The npm Book aims to be the definitive guide to this ubiquitous utility. Whether you're new to Node or a non-blocking ninja, you'll find some new tips and tricks in here.

Topics include:

  • Managing complex dependency trees
  • Exploring the npm registry from the command line
  • Scripting your project with npm
  • Building a private npm registry for your team
  • Share this book

About the Author

Trevor Burnham
Trevor Burnham

Trevor Burnham is the author of CoffeeScript: Accelerated JavaScript Development and Async JavaScript: Build More Responsive Apps with Less Code, both published by PragProg. He works for HubSpot in Cambridge, MA.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    • Why this book?
    • Stylistic conventions
    • A word for Windows users
    • Feedback is welcome
  • Hello, npm!
    • Installing Node and npm
    • Starting a project with npm init
    • Getting to know our package, remotely
    • Conclusion
  • Managing Dependencies
    • Listing dependencies
    • Specifying dependency versions
    • Linking a local package for development
    • Other dependency types
    • Bundling dependencies
    • Shrinkwrapping dependencies
    • Conclusion
  • Publishing Packages
    • Managing your npm registry account
    • Preparing your package for publication
    • Adding a README
    • Versioning your package
    • Adding more information to the registry
    • Conclusion
  • Using npm Internally
    • Preventing package publication
    • Setting up a registry
    • Conclusions
  • Scripting with npm
    • Script commands
    • The script environment
    • Script triggers
    • Conclusion

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