Preface

Introduction

Node.js is quickly becoming one of the most influential technologies in the Web development community. This book aims to give programmers the information they need to effectively learn how to get started with Node.

This book expects you to have some understanding of JavaScript and programming in general, but we take the time to introduce you to the concepts that are important in event-driven programming on the server, rather than just focusing on the APIs that Node provides.

By reading this book you'll learn not just about Node, the platform, but also about some of the most important modules for Node that will let you quickly and effectively build highly scalable websites and services.

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Acknowledgments

Tom’s Thanks

To my editors. Simon, it has been a long project, but you’ve been with me week after week. Andy, your eye for detail never fails to impress.

To Carlos. Your drive and talent make you the writer I would like to be. You are an inspiration.

To Nicole and Sean, for keeping me on track.

To Ryan and Isaac, who have put up with my endless stupid questions with the quiet patience of someone teaching a child.

To Rosemarie. Without you, I would never be where I am today.

To my friends, who have listened to my bitching (especially Yta, Emily, Eric, Gris, Sarah, Allan, Harold and Daniella, and Hipster Ariel). To the countless people who have given me encouragement, suggestions, and feedback. I couldn’t have done it without you.

To the readers of this tome, thank you for trusting me with your learning.