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Disappointed with Node.js basic
Like Christophe Rudyj in this Treehouse forum thread: https://teamtreehouse.com/forum/disponted-with-nodejs-basic
..I too/also was 'Disponted with Node.js basic'..but for different reasons..
I'm actually coming at node.js from a different place, the Microsoft WebMatrix tool. http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix/
In case those of you stuck in Linux/Mac mode don't know it's a free tool for doing all kinds of web development (not just Microsoft specific).
A while ago, WebMatrix 2 (it's on version 3 now) added node.js as a new starter template option, as you can see from these screenshots on the W3C site: http://www.w3schools.com/website/web_site.asp
Here's an old channel 9 video: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Web+Camps+TV/Coding-Nodejs-in-WebMatrix-2
While it's exciting that node.js has "no block" functionality (it's not the only one as noted in this Treehouse forum post): https://teamtreehouse.com/forum/arent-there-other-technologies-that-are-non-blocking
However, (here's the big thing), I can not imagine using node.js without Express.js: http://expressjs.com/
Express is a fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework for Node.js that provides a robust set of features for web and mobile applications
In other forum posts people have asked about MEAN: https://teamtreehouse.com/forum/do-you-plan-to-make-a-tutorial-of-how-to-actually-build-a-web-app-with-nodejs
Of course everyone knows what MEAN stands for:
..it's the updated/alternative version of the LAMP stack.
So Treehouse now has courses for 'Node.js', 'Angular.js' and 'Embers.js' but NO Express.js!
..and this Node.js basic course: http://teamtreehouse.com/library/nodejs-basics
..which is the only Node.js course that Treehouse has as of right now, doesn't really teach you how to build a full web app with node.js.
So I guess I'll just have to wait (ever so patiently) for more content to be created.
Personally I use express.js/node.js with the Jade templating engine and the Stylus CSS Pre-Processor.
Hopefully all of these will be explored in the next (intermediate/advanced) Node.js courses.
Here's a sample project tutorial: http://www.clock.co.uk/blog/a-simple-website-in-nodejs-with-express-jade-and-stylus
Maybe they'll even explore using node.js for developing a CMS (Content Management System): http://hairandbeardguy.com/site/5-nodejs-content-management-systems-cms/
Of those listed in the above page I prefer the express.js/keystone.js CMS.
Not mentioned anywhere in the node.js course (and should have got a mention) is some of the history of node.js:
Node.js was created and first published for Linux use in 2009. Its development and maintenance was spearheaded by Ryan Dahl and sponsored by Joyent, the firm where Dahl worked.
Dahl was inspired to create Node.js after seeing a file upload progress bar on Flickr. The browser did not know how much of the file had been uploaded and had to query the Web server. Dahl desired an easier way.
npm, a package manager for Node.js libraries, was introduced in 2011.
In June 2011, Microsoft partnered with Joyent to create a native Windows version of Node.js. The first Node.js build to support Windows was released in July.
..per the node.js Wikipedia page:
Oh and Joyent is still around...it was in the news in November of 2014 for opening sourcing a lot of it's stuff: https://gigaom.com/2014/11/07/after-years-of-touting-its-cloud-computing-tech-joyent-open-sources-it/
Also not mentioned anywhere in the node.js course is that node.js also has Azure support:
..per this page: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh875173.aspx
Here's a full list of some of the companies that use node.js (including Microsoft): https://github.com/joyent/node/wiki/projects,-applications,-and-companies-using-node
Free open source node.js book: https://github.com/tj/masteringnode
Lastly there should have at least been a mention of 'forever' https://github.com/foreverjs/forever
..it solves a big problem. If you run your app with just node yourapp.js, once your script exits unexpectedly, the server goes down. forever, simply restarts the application
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I kind of agree. I am having to resort to the content on Lynda because I am trying to learn the MEAN.js stack and I can't seem to do it with the Node content on Treehouse.
we should team up??