Your first app: node.js


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Your first app: node.js

A tutorial for real-world application development using Node.js, AngularJS, Express and MongoDB

About the Book

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About the Author

Jim Schubert
Jim Schubert

Jim Schubert is a software engineer based out of Richmond, VA. He is the author of the popular Google Chrome extension New Tab Redirect!

Jim blogs at and contributes to open-source software on github. 

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • Who this book is for
    • About the author
    • Code
    • Examples
    • Terminal
    • Feedback
  • Basics
    • JavaScript Basics
    • Node.js Basics
    • Non-blocking I/O
    • Summary
  • Defining the Application
    • Roughin’ it
    • The ‘What’
    • The ‘How’
    • The ‘When’
    • Summary
  • Development Considerations
    • Framework Choices
    • Source control
    • Unit Testing
    • End-to-end testing
    • Build Process
    • Code Coverage
    • Look and Feel
    • Authentication
    • Coding Standards
    • Data Storage
    • eab: Leveraging open-source
    • Summary
  • Application Requirements
    • JavaScript, inside and out
    • express.js -> -> angular.js
    • Build: grunt.js
    • Database backend: mongodb
    • Authentication: passport.js
    • Testing
    • Coding Standards
    • Compatible licensing
    • Summary
  • Defining the process
    • Git
    • Testing
    • Summary
  • Getting Started
    • Project Structure
    • Initial Tweaks
    • The data
    • Summary
  • User Registration
    • UI Skeleton
    • ejs View Engine
    • Setting up auth
    • User Profile
    • Testing User Registration
    • Summary
  • API Design
    • Why API Design?
    • The REST API Problem
    • Our API
    • API Operations (Routes)
    • Summary
  • API Implementation
    • Users
    • Cohorts
    • Messages
    • Images
    • Summary
  • Front-end (AngularJS)
    • Server-side render index.html
    • Redoing login.html
    • Cleanup
    • Version Check (upgrade)
    • Initial Data
    • Interacting with the API
    • Displaying authenticated content
    • Displaying a user pager
    • Cohorts list and maintenance
    • Adding Cohorts via Drag and Drop
    • Messages
    • Summary
  • Deployment
    • HTTPS
    • Getting code ready
    • Hosting
    • Domain Name
    • Serving with Nginx
    • Keeping node.js running
    • Summary
  • Next Steps
    • Logging
    • Monitoring
    • Automated UI Testing
    • Build Server
    • Recommended Reading
  • Appendix A
    • A Basic Git Introduction
    • git: architecture
    • git: staging and committing
    • git: branching
    • git: remotes
    • Summary
  • Notes

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