• Title: Express in Action: Node applications with Express and its companion tools
  • Author: Evan Hahn
  • Length: 245 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Manning Publications
  • Publication Date: 2016-05-01
  • ISBN-10: 1617292427
  • ISBN-13: 9781617292422
  • Sales Rank: #108476 (See Top 100 Books)


Node.js is white hot, powering the server side of major web apps from Walmart, PayPal, and Netflix. While super-powerful, raw Node can be complex and awkward. Express.js is a web application framework for Node that organizes server-side JavaScript into testable, maintainable modules. It provides a powerful set of features to efficiently manage routes, requests, and views, along with beautiful boilerplate for web applications. Lightweight, fast, and unobtrusive, Express helps harness Node's raw power so developers can concentrate on what the application does instead of managing the nit-picky technical details.

Express in Action is a carefully designed tutorial that teaches developers how to build web applications using Node and Express. It starts by introducing Node's unique characteristics and then shows how they map to the features of Express. With a clear vision of how an Express application looks, readers can systematically explore key development techniques, meet the rich ecosystem of companion tools and libraries, and even get a glimpse into its inner workings. After just a few chapters, they'll be able to build a simple Node app. By the end of the book, they'll know how to test it, hook it up to a database, and even automate the dev process.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Intro
Chapter 1 What is Express?
Chapter 2 The basics of Node.js
Chapter 3 Foundations of Express

Part 2 Core
Chapter 4 Middleware
Chapter 5 Routing
Chapter 6 Building APIs
Chapter 7 Views and templates: Pug and EJS

Part 3 Express in Context
Chapter 8 Persisting your data with MongoDB
Chapter 9 Testing Express applications
Chapter 10 Security
Chapter 11 Deployment: assets and Heroku
Chapter 12 Best practices