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Video: Node.js Tutorials

April 4th, 2011 04:30 admin View Comments

Node.js logo 150x150 Here’s yet another resource for those learning Node.js. O’Reilly Media is now selling a video on scalable Internet applications with Node.js featuring Up and Running with Node.js author Tom Hughes-Croucher.

Preview the video after the jump.

If you’re looking for free resources for learning Node.js, check out our article 6 Free E-Books and Tutorials for Learning and Mastering Node.js. You can also find several free Node.js videos at NodeTuts.

Source: Video: Node.js Tutorials

6 Free E-Books and Tutorials for Learning and Mastering Node.js

April 2nd, 2011 04:00 admin View Comments

OK, we won’t bore you by telling you what Node.js is again or why it’s so dang hot.

You want to learn Node.js? There’s no completely finished Node.js book out there that we’re aware of. But there’s one complete book in rough draft form, two partial guides and several other great resources for learning Node.js.

No more excuses: Try Node.js for $0.02 or less in just a few minutes

No more excuses: Try Node.js for $0.02 or less in just a few minutes is a short tutorial from the developers of NowJS. It explains how to get a Node.js instance up and running in Amazon EC2. It’s not meant to teach you how to use Node.js, just get you a working installation of it up quick.

It’s especially useful if you’re on Windows and don’t want to try to use Node.js under Cygwin.

Up and Running With Node.js

Up and Running with Node.js book cover

Up and Running with Node.js by Tom Hughes-Croucher hasn’t been officially released yet, but O’Reilly Media has released a free text preview of the book as part of its Open Feedback Publishing System. Hughes-Croucher is a developer advocate at Joyent, the sponsor company of Node.js. This book seems destined to become the definitive guide to Node.js.

Our previous coverage of the book is here.

Felix’s Node.js Guide

Felix’s Node.js Guide got a lot of attention this week, particularly the Convincing The Boss section. The guide is a work in progress by Felix Geisendörfer, an early Node.js core contributor. At present, the sections are:

Node.js Beginner Guide If you are new to node.js, this guide will take you from hello world to deploying your first app. Node.js Style Guide The general JavaScript style I recommend to use with node.js. A lot of this is personal preferences, but hopefully rather consistent. Node.js Community Guide Get to know some of the node.js community and find out where they hang out. Node.js Convincing The Boss Guide Find out where node.js makes sense, and how to get management to see the benefits.

Mastering Node

Mastering Node

Mastering Node was one of the first e-books on Node.js, but it’s also a work in progress. It’s an open source book available from Github in PDF, ePub, HTML and Mobi formats. The last few sections are still incomplete.

The Official Node.js Documentation

If you really need answers about Node.js, you can always RTFM.

Bulletproof Node.js Coding

And finally, Bulletproof Node.js Coding is a concise but helpful collection of tips for Node.js programmers.

Source: 6 Free E-Books and Tutorials for Learning and Mastering Node.js

3 Interesting Reads on Node.js

March 5th, 2011 03:10 admin View Comments

NodeJS logo 150x150 Node.js had a busy week. Joyent relaunched its Node.js hosting service and O’Reilly Media posted a draft of Tom Hughes-Croucher’s Up and Running with Node.js book.

Node.js was also the star of a lengthy piece in the Register and pulled ahead of Clojure in Google Trends this week. To top it all off, Travis Glines gave us an idea of what building websites with it is really like.

Node.js had a busy week. Joyent relaunched its Node.js hosting service and O’Reilly Media posted a draft of Tom Hughes-Croucher’s Up and Running with Node.js book.

Node.js was also the star of a lengthy piece in the Register and pulled ahead of Clojure in Google Trends this week. To top it all off, Travis Glines gave us an idea of what building websites with it is really like.

The Node Ahead: JavaScript Leaps from Browser Into Future

The Register’s lengthy profile of Node.js does a great job explaining what Node.js is and why it’s important. The paper interviewed Hughes-Croucher and Node.js creator Ryan Dahl, and covered some of the various ways the framework is being used in real settings. Hughes-Croucher makes the case that Node.js is the new PHP:

“For a while, I called it The New Rails,” says Tom Hughes-Croucher, the author of the upcoming O’Reilly tome Up and Running with Node.js (preview PDF) and the chief evangelist at cloud computing outfit Joyent, Node’s primary steward. “But then I realized it was getting more views on github than Rails. So now I call it The New PHP.”

What it’s like building a real website in Node.js

“It seems more and more so that people are interested in building their applications in node.js yet there are few reviews on what it’s actually like to work with the framework,” wrote Travis Glines as to why he decided to write a review of Node.js. Glines found that there was a steep learning curve, but he also found that the support was great and server stuff was easier to handle among other things.

Node.js Surpasses Clojure in Popularity

Arnor Heidar concluded his post about Node.js surpassing Clojure in terms of total search volume by writing “I don’t really want to turn this into a language flame war or give my theory of why one language is more popular than the other.” I have to say the same. I’m not sure how significant it is that Node.js has passed Clojure in particular, but the charts Heidar drudges up are a good demonstration of Node.js’s growing popularity.

Source: 3 Interesting Reads on Node.js

Full Text Preview of O’Reilly’s Up and Running with Node.js Now Available

March 3rd, 2011 03:15 admin View Comments

Up and Running with Node.js book cover You can now preview the entirety of Up and Running with Node.js by Tom Hughes-Croucher. O’Reilly Media is making the book available as part of its Open Feedback Publishing System (OFPS) while Hughes-Croucher finishes the book. “I’m going to be updating it every two weeks with the first update slated for next week,” he says. Readers are encouraged to leave comments and feedback. The book is a general introduction to Node.js, from installation to building applications.

Hughes-Croucher is chief evangelist at Node.js sponsor company Joyent. Before that he was a technical evangelist at Yahoo. Prior to this release, he published a free PDF of the first 20 pages of the book.

From the Author’s Note:

When Simon, my editor, and I were initially discussing this project it was obvious how vibrant the Node.js community is. We felt that it was important that we engaged with the community as we worked on this manuscript. In order to do that we decided to release the book in parts as I wrote it. What you are reading now is one of those partial releases.

What you’ll find within this first release is not necessarily the final work that we will publish. We hope by making this book available as it’s written we’ll get your feedback, ideas and thoughts on what I’ve already written and what else we should be covering. Not only that, but Node is growing almost faster than I can keep up with it. Not to mention the community modules which are growing even faster than that. Before we go to press we’ll make sure that the information in the text is up to date with the latest version of Node, and that we haven’t missed any critical contributions from the community that need to be covered.

According to the OFPS help page:

The Open Feedback Publishing System (OFPS) is an O’Reilly experiment that tries to bridge the gap between private manuscripts and public blogs. Following on the let-them-comment-on-everything model established by the Django Book, Real World Haskell, and Mercurial: The Definitive Guide (among others), OFPS allows readers to read in-progress O’Reilly manuscripts, communicate suggestions with the authors, follow others’ comments, and directly participate in the development of new books.

Mastering Node.js is another free book on the subject. It’s available on Github in PDF, ePub, Mobi and HTML formats.

Source: Full Text Preview of O’Reilly’s Up and Running with Node.js Now Available