What is Node.js? 

What is Node.js?

Book Description

Node.js is the latest in a long line of “Are you cool enough to use me?” programming languages, APIs, and toolkits. In that sense, it lands squarely in the tradition of Rails, Ajax, and Hadoop, and even, to some degree, iPhone programming and HTML5.

Dig a little deeper, and you’ll see that Node.js (or, as it’s more briefly called by many, “Node”) is a server-side solution for JavaScript and, in particular, for receiving and responding to HTTP requests. If that doesn’t completely boggle your mind, by the time the conversation heats up with a discussion of ports, sockets, and threads, you’ll tend to glaze over. Is this JavaScript? In fact, why would anyone want to run JavaScript outside of a browser, let alone a server?

The good news is that you’re hearing (and thinking) about the right things. The bad news is that, as with Rails, Ajax, and Hadoop, there isn’t much clear information available. There will be, in time, as there now is for these other “cool” frameworks that have matured. But why wait for a book or tutorial when you might be able to use Node today and dramatically improve the maintainability?

About the Authors

  • Brett McLaughlin is a bestselling and award-winning non-fiction author. His books on computer programming, home theater, and analysis and design have sold more than 100,000 copies. He has been writing, editing, and producing technical books for nearly a decade. He is as comfortable in front of a word processor as he is behind a guitar, chasing his two sons and his daughter around the house or laughing at reruns of Arrested Development with his wife.

 

What is Node.js?

Author(s): McLaughlin, Brett

Series: Techie 1

Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Year: 2011

 

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