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Overview

This short book provides readers with a fun, breezy and yet practical introduction to Node.js, a language designed from the ground up for writing real time, scalable Internet applications. It's not intended to be a comprehensive guide or an in-depth programming tutorial, but will give you a good grounding in the language, outline what you need to get going, including installing all necessary software, and give you the confidence to start experimenting on your own.

The book should be built around a real-life example project: a stock market price monitoring application. It's a fun and easily understandable project that is used to demonstrate the concepts outlined in the book in a practical way.

This is a clear, approachable and very easy-to-follow book that will get you to to speed with Node.js in no time.

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Average Rating: 1.5714285714285714 out of 5 rating Based on 7 Ratings

"Well thought out" - by Michael on 22-SEP-2013
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If you just want to learn the Node.js API, then read the website. What others who've reviewed this book haven't grasped is that this book teaches you how to use Node.js. The application that you build isn't some simple Hello World app or a contrived but pointless app, it's real world example of how you would employ Node.js. That means it's complex and involves more than just Node.js.
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"No stock market, thanks." - by Anonymous on 04-MAY-2013
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Way too much things apart from node.js. First chapter is good, but then it goes into unit testing and stock markets, oh bad.

Stock markets are a pretty poor subject in themselves so that it doesn't make the reader wanting to follow the tutorials.

Definitely not a good beginner book, and not for normal people who don't care a second about stock market stuff.

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"Poorly organized" - by (null) on 13-APR-2013
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Feels like a self published book wasn't thought out in terms of structure, introducing the technolog, or even walking through the technology.
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"What is this I don't even" - by Anonymous on 02-FEB-2013
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I agree entirely with the other reviewer who feels the example app in this book complexity detracts from learning Node.  

I actually have some experience with Node, but wanted to read this book to reinforce some basics.  I puzzled through aspects of chapter 2 until I couldn't stand it anymore.  I decided to skip the hideous exchange example and move to chapter 3, but it also uses a ridiculously convoluted example to demonstrate basic Node principles.  The author uses jslint but then violates its rules time and again.  He builds the sample app in a piecemeal way that practically demands you fetch the source and copy-paste just to make it work rather than being able to type it in yourself and follow along.  

The other book in this series, Jump Start Sinatra, is the perfect example of how this book should have been written.

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"I want to learn Node.js" - by Anonymous on 12-DEC-2012
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You have to use way too much brain power on the implementation of the sample project that it takes away from learning Node.js
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