Best Node.js Tutorials: A Comprehensive List of Learning Resources
Many companies are using Node.js in production, including major corporate users like IBM, LinkedIn, Netflix, SAP, Microsoft, Paypal, and Walmart. Since its initial release in 2009, use of Node.js has grown rapidly. This article investigates the trend and gives you all the resources you need to get started using Node.js.
What is Node.js?
Perhaps the best place to start understanding Node.js is the official website and documentation. You can also get a thorough introduction from Node.js’s Wikipedia page. These resources will give you a strong foundation in the environment and what it’s used for.
For a bit more context, InfoWorld does a deep dive into the history of the creation of Node.js. The article also addresses why companies are choosing to use Node.js over traditional server scripting approaches. If you understand code, this article from freeCodeCamp explaining Node.js makes clear how it all works.
Advantages of Node.js
Node.js excels at fast, real-time, multi-user applications. This InfoWorld article asserts that it beats Java and .NET for most types of web and mobile apps. JaxEnter has a great article on when and why you should consider using Node.js in an application. While Node.js isn’t perfect for every application, it does make sense in a lot of dynamic contexts.
To hear a bunch of opinions on the issue, head over to this StackOverflow thread where many developers have discussed the pros and cons of using Node.js.
Node.js Tutorial for Beginners
The Node Beginner Book is probably the best resource for getting up to speed quickly once you understand the basics of Node and why you want to learn it. It’s comprehensive and walks you through every step of the process. Another great resource is W3Schools tutorial. W3Schools has been around for a long time and earned the trust of many a developer. They have their own beginner’s tutorial for Node.js.
For a lighter introduction in the form of a single article, Pramod Chandrayan has a great introductory tutorial. If you’ve been a developer for a while and pick up new technologies quickly, this single article might be a good place to start. Then you can read the docs for more information on specific challenges.
Advanced Node.js Tutorial Topics
Node.js runs on the server directly, not on the browser. So, deployment gets a little more interesting, as well. Gun.io has a great resource on the basics of Node.js deployment. To dig a little deeper, check out StrongLoop’s Node.js deployment resource (a blog from IBM).
Each of the major server/cloud providers has their own resources for deploying Node.js to them as well:
Welcome to the wild world of Node.js. With such a rich open source community of developers, there are whole libraries of Node.js packages to get you up and coding complete apps in no time. In fact, even new developers to the environment can piece together very nice looking and operating code using existing resources. You’ll also find that there’s a lot of people willing to help you on your journey.
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Good luck and have fun!