My main focus recently has been on wrapping my head around Node.js. My first introduction was via a Treehouse course a few months back. I breezed through the course, but finished it not understanding what the hell I just did, nor what type of practical applications Node.js could help me with. I then attempted at learnyounode on Free Code Camp and think I confused myself even more. So, I went back to Treehouse, took the Node.js courses again and felt a bit more comfortable. Unfortunately though, that course is a bit outdated. Hopefully Treehouse does an update soon.
Now I’ve once again returned to learnyounode and it’s starting to click, a little. I’ve heard from other Free Code Camp students that are struggling with similar questions, so I’m going to compile a list of resources in this post that can hopefully help others.
First, what is Node.js?
Okay, but why the hell would I use Node.js?
In one sentence: Node.js shines in real-time web applications employing push technology over websockets. What is so revolutionary about that? Well, after over 20 years of stateless-web based on the stateless request-response paradigm, we finally have web applications with real-time, two-way connections, where both the client and server can initiate communication, allowing them to exchange data freely. This is in stark contrast to the typical web response paradigm, where the client always initiates communication. Additionally, it’s all based on the open web stack (HTML, CSS and JS) running over the standard port 80.
Still confused? Go here and watch every preview through lesson @9. For me, that was the “aha!” moment.
How can I learn Node.js then?
- Work through how-to-npm, learnyounode, and learnyouexpress. Repeat each 2-3 times until you are comfortable
- Watch this playlist from thenewboston
- Watch this playlist from Derek Banas
- Do this tutorial by Chris Sevilleja
- Check out more tutorials
- The Art of Node – An introduction to Node.js
- Learn and Understand NodeJS – I’ve heard great things about this course. Using a cashback site and coupon code BIG115, I paid only $9 for it — edit – Just finished this course and it was a a great decision. I think I’m going to take more of his courses. Use coupon code FANFAV.
- What the heck is the event loop anyway? – Video recommended by Quincy Larson
- Learnyounode walkthrough – Really helpful if you get stuck