The videos and the source code are open source, meaning they are publicly available. Therefore, you don’t have to buy a book—you can just watch the 14 videos on YouTube (playlist) and go through the code on GitHub (repository).
- Express.js FUNdamentals: The Most Popular Node.js Framework
The book is available on Amazon.com (Kindle) and LeanPub (MOBI, PDF, EPUB).
This is a release candidate for 1.0 version which is going to be available to public in print. Page count has increase from 151 to 211 pages (PDF), which include the following updates:
- More digestible (smaller) code examples with better comments
- Express.js middleware section with an example
- Express.js + MongoDB REST API server section with an example
- Derby section with an example
- Grammar and typo fixes
- Summaries in the beginning of each chapter
- Code examples formatting fixes
Download a free chapter Intro to Backbone.js or full PDF, ePub or Mobi copy at LeanPub.
Rapid Prototyping with JS touched topics such as:
- CSS and LESS
- JSON and BSON
- Twitter Bootstrap
- Agile methodologies
- Heroku, MongoHQ and Windows Azure
- REST API
- AMD and Require.js
If you need in-depth knowledge or references, they are usually one click or one Google search away.
Practical aspect included building multiple versions of the Message Board app:
- jQuery + Parse.com JS REST API
- Backbone and Parse.com JS SDK
- Backbone and Node.js
- Backbone and Node.js + MongoDB
The Message Board application has all the foundation of a typical web/mobile application: fetching data, displaying it, submitting new data. Other examples include:
- jQuery + Twitter RESP API “Tweet Analyzer”
- Parse.com “Save John”
- Node.js “Hello World”
- MongoDB “Print Collections”
- Derby + Express “Hello World”
- Backbone.js “Hello World”
- Backbone.js “Apple Database”
- Monk + Expres.js “REST API Server”
Link to the new copy of Rapid Prototyping with JS at https://leanpub.com/rapid-prototyping-with-js.
Here is a list of the update for Rapid Prototyping with JS v0.4:
- Brand new chapter: Intro to Backbone.js
- Re-structured table of contents (chapters and parts)
- Extended list of resources for further reading
- Fixed code formatting and highlighting
- Fixed grammar, style and typos mistakes
- Brand new book cover optimized for ebook format
- Reduced size of ebook (faster download)
- Inspirational quotes in each chapter
- Updated “Basics” chapter
- Extended list of ways to reach us (Twitter, Facebook, Storify, etc.)
LeanPub changed their purchasing. Now it’s even better for readers. Anybody can “return” the book they didn’t like within 45 days and get a full refund. Word return is in double quotes because all content is Digital Right Management (DRM) free. Does it mean that somebody can buy and download a book, get their money back, but keep the copy? Yes, but they will get bad karma for that! And not like a bad karma on Hacker News but a real bad karma. Everybody else deservers authors and publishers trust and respect.
Why Backbone.js? Because a lot of people expressed desire to use it but being a framework Backbone has a learning curve. Not a steep one like Rails but still it takes time to master and learn Backbone. The new chapter “Intro to Backbone.js” will show readers how to:
- Create Backbone architecture from scratch
- Construct proper architecture with Routes
- Use Collections
- Apply Templates in Subviews
- Split code into multiple JS files
- Organize code into modules with AMD and Require.js
- Optimize code for production with r.js library
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