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NodeJS : Beginner

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By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • JavaScript basics
  • Developing NodeJS modules
  • File handling and REPL
  • Managing processes
  • Building a RESTful API with Express and a template engine
  • Web Sockets, TCP, HTTP, HTTPs
  • Debugging Node applications and Unit Testing

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After completing this course, students will be able to build and debug applications using the NodeJS programming language.


Anyone who wants to learn NodeJS


The courses assumes a basic knowledge of Javascript or a good grasp of programming fundamentals in other languages.


* JavaScript basics * Developing NodeJS modules * File handling and REPL * Managing processes * Building a RESTful API with Express and a template engine * Web Sockets, TCP, HTTP, HTTPs * Debugging Node applications and Unit Testing



  • Overview of the Javascript language
  • Data types, asserting and checking
  • Collections, arrays and objects
  • Functions, Control Flow and Loops
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Revealing Module and other common design patterns

Node Basics

  • Downloading and installing Node
  • Create a simple node application
  • The Node Terminal
  • Node Package Manager NPM
  • Creating a package for managing your application

Node Modules

  • What is a module
  • Require and Module Exports
  • Using Core modules
  • Creating modules
  • Design patterns for organising modules
  • Look at useful core modules

File System

  • Node apps and managing a file system
  • Creating and deleting files and directories
  • Copying and managing files
  • Scanning directories


  • What is a process
  • Managing processes
  • Creating background process
  • Task runners and recovering from failure


  • Making a simple server
  • When to use HTTP and HTTPs
  • Server ports and listening
  • HTTP Requests and Responses
  • Request and Response headers and body
  • Creating a response to incoming requests
  • Building a simple HTTP server with static files

NET (TCP) and WebSockets

  • How do socket servers differ with HTTP
  • Using TCP and WebSockets
  • Server and Clients
  • Native applications vs web applications
  • Making a simple chatroom app with HTML5 and WebSockets


  • Why socket.IO over other WebSocket modules
  • Client side and Server side
  • Data persistence options


  • What is the express framework
  • How it differs to using HTTP and other core modules
  • Creating an Express application

Express Server

  • Making an HTTP internal server
  • Attaching Express to an external server
  • The role of semantic requests

Routing, static routes and data routes

  • Routes explained
  • Defining routes with paths and URL
  • Defining route parameters for data input
  • URL Encoded variables
  • The use of Route Parameters and URL variables
  • Regular Expressions
  • External Routing
  • Static Routing


  • What does RESTful mean?
  • Manipulating data via a route
  • Typical semantic requests for routing an API
  • Persisting data through JSON
  • The role of database technology
  • MongoDB and Comparison to MySQL


  • Using MongoDB locally or via online service
  • Downloading and installing MongoDB
  • Running a MongoDB Server Locally
  • Data location and paths
  • Running the MongoDB Terminal
  • Principles of NoSQL Database


  • Creating Databases and Collections
  • Documents
  • Difference between traditional Databases
  • Collections verses Tables
  • Documents verses Rows
  • Using Models with DB
  • Simple queries to read and sort data
  • Updating data
  • Deleting data
  • Further learning of MongoDB

MongoDB Modules

  • How to use MongoDB with Ex[ress
  • Native MongoDB module
  • MongoJS and Mongoose
  • Using Schemas to control RESTful APIs

Online DB Services

  • Why use application data solutions?
  • MongoLAB
  • Firebase, DerbyJS, Meteor, FeatherJS, Parse.com

Express and Rendering Data

  • What is a renderer?
  • Jade, EJS, Mustache and Handlebars
  • Rendering your pages with data bindings
  • Using partials
  • Creating a fully dynamic website

Unit Testing

  • What is unit testing
  • How to plan for unit testing
  • Working with popular solutions like Jasmine and Mocha
  • Testing your app with Mocha

Node for native apps

  • Using node for working with desktop and mobile applications
  • Making fast servers for games
  • Socket servers for realtime communication

MEAN Stack Web Apps

  • What is a MEAN Stack app?
  • Rendering dynamic user interfaces
  • Front end frameworks: AngularJS and ReactJS

Building a real world app

  • Creating a full real-world application using Node and Express
  • Planning and designing
  • Using object graphs
  • Creating Restful APIs and testing with PostMan
  • Building a simple app with partials using Bootstrap3
  • Differentiating static routes from data routes

Publishing your Apps and Modules

  • Running your own Node Server
  • Using a hosting company
  • Publishing modules on NPM and Github

The future of NodeJS

  • Changes to the javascript language
  • ES6 Harmony and ES7


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