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Learning Node.js

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn the basics of Node.js—a lightweight JavaScript-based platform—and how to build a simple application.

Node.js is a platform built on the Chrome JavaScript runtime that can help you build fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient—perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices. In this course, learn the basics of Node.js, and discover how to build a simple application. Alexander Zanfir goes into topics such as npm, reading and writing files, and Node.js frameworks. He covers Node.js features, such as async/await, and dives into popular web development concepts. Alexander also walks through how to build a demo chat app from start to finish.


  • Welcome
  • Use the exercise files
1. Introduction to Node
  • Understanding Node
  • Demo application overview
  • Download and install Node
  • Why is Javascript Node's language?
  • The benefits and features of Javascript
  • Asynchronous tasks and callbacks
2. Understanding npm: Node Package Manager
  • Write your own module
  • Manage third-party packages with npm
  • What is the package.json file?
3. Reading and Writing Files
  • Read from files
  • Access directories
  • Write to a file
4. Exploring Web Frameworks
  • Node.js frameworks
  • Express
5. Building Your Demo App Chat Client for the Browser
  • Static serving with Express
  • Create your browser app
  • Create a get messages service
  • Create a post messages service
  • Connect to from the browser app
  • Create your event
6. Exploring Databases
  • Types of data frameworks
  • Set up MongoDB
  • Mongoose
  • Saving data to MongoDB with Mongoose
7. Improving Asynchronous Code
  • Nested callbacks
  • Promises
  • Async/await
8. Error Handling and Debugging
  • Try/catch
  • Finally
  • Editor debugging
9. Testing
  • Simple test with Jasmine
  • Async test with Jasmine
  • Introduction to test first development
  • Next steps

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Alexander Zanfir

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