Become a web app developer using Node.js with JavaScript

Get Programming with Node.js
Jonathan Wexler
Manning Publications

This is one of the best written and most useful Node.js how-to books I have read. Yes, the publisher’s cover choice is goofy, but the author’s text is well organized and well illustrated with code examples and other graphics. Also, Jonathan Wexler wisely focuses on how to set up good development and deployment environments first. Then you are shown how to use Node.js as a vital player in the somewhat-complex process of creating, building, testing, and deploying JavaScript web applications.

Wexler’s project-oriented book focuses on how to put together, expand, and launch a recipe-sharing web application called Confetti Cuisine. The process unfolds in 37 well-presented lessons organized into nine major topics:

  • Getting Set Up
  • Getting Started with Node.js
  • Easier Web Development with Express.js
  • Connecting to a Database (it’s MongoDB)
  • Building a User Model
  • Authenticating User Accounts
  • Building an API
  • Adding Chat Functionality
  • Deploying and Managing Code in Production

Along with Node.js and JavaScript, the reader encounters the basic use of several additional software packages, tools, and sites, including Git, Heroku, Mongoose, and Socket.io, among others.

If you have been wanting to learn how to be a web app developer and JavaScript programmer, Get Programming with Node.js offers a complete course in how to get started toward those two goals, using Node.js as one of your most important and most versatile tools.

Si Dunn

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Destroyers: ‘Tin Cans and Greyhounds’

Sailors who served aboard destroyers (or other ships), and general readers of military history may want to check out this new book, “Tin Cans & Greyhounds: The Destroyers That Won Two World Wars,” by Clint Johnson. I have read several books that have highlighted the role of destroyers in naval combat. This is one of the very best.

“Other warships [ especially battleships and aircraft carriers ] may have won the fame and glory, but the versatile—and unheralded—destroyer deserves a special place in naval history,” Walter R. Borneman recently wrote in his review of Johnson’s book in the Wall Street Journal.

In Tin Cans & Greyhounds, there is no mention of my ship, USS Higbee (DD-806), nor of other Gearing Class destroyers which came out of American shipyards late in World War II (and also served in the Korean War and Vietnam War). But Johnson’s coverage of the older tin cans that served in World War I and World War II (and bore the brunt of a lot of combat) is fascinating, heavily researched and well-written.

Si Dunn