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10 Best Node.js Books for Beginners

by Unknown | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | | 10 Comments

I don't need to bore you with all the story of node.js or what it does. I will just give you a brief note about it. Node.js is a software platform for scalable server-side and networking applications. Node.js applications are written in JavaScript, and can be run within the Node.js runtime on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux with no changes.

For performance and scalability. Node is fast. That’s a pretty important requirement when you’re a start-up trying to make the next big thing and want to make sure you can scale quickly, coping with an influx of users as your site grows.

As someone who’s looking to learn more about this software platform, you will need some great resources to help ease your woes, and that's what this post encompass. We have compiled 10 best books that if you are just starting out to learn node.js. I guarantee you that you'll find it useful.

Learning Node: By Shelley Powers

This is a 16 chapters and 282 pages information loaded node.js book. With is guide, you will learn how to write fast, highly scalable network applications on this JavaScript-based platform. You will also learn how to create a server with Node.js, Connecting with MySQL database, handling Form data, Using Mongodb as alternative to MySQL database, Working with Express framework, Graphics and Media access, Sending email, Node.js API, ETC.

Node: Up and Running

This book introduces you to Node, the new web development framework written in JavaScript. You'll learn hands-on how Node makes life easier for experienced JavaScript developers: not only can you work on the front end and back end in the same language, you'll also have more flexibility in choosing how to divide application logic between client and server. This book happens to be O'Reilly Media's first "animal book" on the increasingly popular framework Node.js

Mastering Node.js

This book started out as a side project, and because the original author behind lost track of time and had to work on other projects, it hasn’t been really finished up, but is nonetheless a resourceful book that every beginner should take a look at. It's available on Github in PDF, ePub, HTML and Mobi formats. The last few sections are still incomplete.

JavaScript and Node Fundamentals

This is a 32 pages book by Azat Mardanov. The book talks about the basic syntax, as well as gives away a ton of links that lead to more resources; like interactive tutorials and more books. It is perfect for starter who want to learn JavaScript and Node.

Node Cookbook

A book packed with over 50 practical recipes taking you from the basics to extending Node with your own modules. With the book, you will learn how to create your own web server to see Node’s features in action, and also how to work with JSON, XML, web sockets, and make the most of asynchronous programming.

If you have some knowledge of JavaScript and want to build fast, efficient, scalable client-server solutions, then Node Cookbook is for you. Experienced users of Node will improve their skills although even if you have not worked with Node before, these practical recipes will make it easy to get started.

The Node Beginner Book

The Node Beginner Book by Manuel Kiessling is a pretty nice book touting node.js. The book is aimed for developers "experienced with at least one object-oriented language like Ruby, Python, PHP or Java, only little experience with JavaScript, and completely new to node.js."

Smashing Node.js: JavaScript Everywhere

Smashing Node.js: JavaScript Everywhere equips you with the necessary tools to understand Node.js and its uses in developing efficient web apps. With more traditional web servers becoming obsolete, having knowledge on servers that achieve high scalability and optimal resource consumption using Node.js is the key to your app development success. Teaching you the essentials to making event-driven server-side apps, this book demonstrates how you can use less space and take less time for communication between web client and server.

Node.js in Action

Node.js in Action is an example-driven tutorial that starts at square one and guides you through all the features, techniques, and concepts you'll need to build production-quality Node applications. You'll start by learning how to set up your Node development environment, including loading the community-created extensions. Next, you'll run several simple demonstration programs where you'll learn the basics of a few common types of Node applications. Then you'll dive into asynchronous programming, a model Node leverages to lessen application bottlenecks.
Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

Node.js the Right Way

Node.js the Right Way explain how to develop small, fast, low-profile, useful, networked applications. You'll write asynchronous, non-blocking code using Node's style and patterns. You'll cluster and load balance your services with Node core features and third-party tools. You'll work with many protocols, creating RESTful web services, TCP socket clients and servers, and more.

This short book packs a hefty dose of Node.js. You'll test your code's functionality and performance under load. You'll learn important aspects of Node development--from its architecture and core, to its ecosystem of third-party modules. You'll discover how Node pairs a server-side event loop with a JavaScript runtime to produce screaming fast, non-blocking concurrency. Through a series of practical programming domains, you'll use the latest available ECMAScript Harmony features and harness key Node classes such as Event Emitter and Stream. Throughout the book, you'll develop real programs that are small, fast, low-profile, and useful.

Sams Teach Yourself Node.js in 24 Hours

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, Sams Teach Yourself Node.js in 24 Hours will help you master the Node.js platform and use it to build server-side applications with extraordinary speed and scalability. Using this text’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll move from basic installation, configuration, and programming all the way through real-time messaging between browser and server, testing and deployment. Every lesson and case-study application builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success.

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