The npm Book

The Essential Guide to the Node Package Manager

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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

About the Author

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.

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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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