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  • Title: What Is Node? JavaScript Breaks Out of the Browser
  • Author(s) Brett McLaughlin
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media (July 13, 2011)
  • Paperback: N/A
  • eBook: Formats: HTML, DAISY, ePub, Mobi (28 pages), PDF (10 pages)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10/ASIN: B005ISQ7JC
  • ISBN-13: N/A
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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,and Ajax, and Hadoop, and even to some degree iPhone programming and HTML5.

Dig a little deeper, and you'll hear that Node.js (or, as it's more briefly called by many, simply "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 discussion of ports, sockets, and threads, you'll tend to glaze over. Is this really JavaScript? In fact, why in the world would anyone want to run JavaScript outside of a browser, let alone the server?

The good news is that you're hearing (and thinking) about the right things. Node really is concerned with network programming and server-side request/response processing.The bad news is that like Rails, Ajax, and Hadoop before it, there's precious little 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 in excess of 100,000 copies. He has been writing, editing, and producing technical books for nearly a decade, and 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.
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