Node.js is the most widely known server-side framework for building fast and scalable applications, and software. The ‘npm’ (Node Package Manager) is the biggest library of open-source modules and libraries for accelerating the development process, and all Node.js developers are dependent on ‘npm’ for rapid development. Since the inception of the framework back in 2009, Node.js is now being used amongst the largest corporations in the world, including the likes of Amazon, PayPal, Yahoo! and others.
Getting Node up and running has never been easier, with plenty of tutorials and a huge community to voice their opinion on concerns from beginners, Node.js has become a truly game-changing framework that we see not only in apps today, but also physical hardware, like mobile phones and drones. The framework has seen a lot of potential already, and has proved many times over that it is the primary choice for networks and large database oriented websites that want to achieve high-speed results, without compromising their resources of power. And there is so much more that is coming to Node this year, and in the years beyond.
Many might argue about Node.js extended popularity and how reliable it can be for new developers, though constantly seasoned front-end and back-end developers publish articles, such as this one, discussing the comfort they experience when using Node, compared to any other alternative out there. We wholeheartedly agree about Node.js performance, and to help our readers become more experienced with the framework, we are offering a little short of 30 unique Node.js tutorials that have been published only in the recent few months, giving you a truly updated list of resources that will help you to learn the latest creative tricks, and performance tips on how to make the most of Node.js!
How Enterprises Benefit from Node.js
Hacking a Node.js project over the weekend can but a lot of fun, there’s a lot of experience to be gained, and plenty of new things to be learned, but what about using Node.js for enterprise purposes? Ferenc Hámori has publish an article full of insights from leading tech companies like Uber and PayPal, and what the teams over at those companies are doing with Node. Highlights are, Node makes it easy to utilize ‘npm’ and its 240+ thousand modules, allows you to use less hardware power for better performance, and also a solid support system that guarantees new releases are going to continue to be maintained for years to come.
Creating a Twitter bot with Node.js
Tutorials are of many types, some are in form of insights and research, while others focus on building things, Debashis Barman is sharing on his Medium blog a tutorial on how to create a Twitter bot using pure Node.js! His goal is to help you create a Twitter bot that uses the Twitter API to look for the last tweeted tweet for your particular search, whether a hashtag or a search string, and once found — the bot retweets that tweet. It’s a basic concept, but with some practice you can extend this bot to do much more than just that.
How to track down CPU issues in Node.js
Node.js is known for its performance, but not all apps or projects can instantly be built to perform well, sometimes we build code that causes memory leaks, or in this case CPU leaks and crashes that can stagnate our progress of development, Daniel Khan shares his thoughts on how to best tackle CPU issues with Node development.
Hello, Nodal — Building Node.js Servers for Everybody
Nodal is a new web-server framework for Node, already gaining high momentum from the developer community, both those within Node, and outside of it. Boasting its own opinionated, explicit, idiomatic and highly-extensible full-service framework, Nodal takes care of all of the hard decisions for you and your team. This allows you to focus on creating an effective product in a short timespan while minimizing technical debt. This post on Medium talks about Nodal and why it came to life, and how it all happened, and what would be the most important areas that Nodal would cover for developers, and developer teams.
10 Habits of a Happy Node Hacker (2016)
Node app developers, rise up! Heroku (Hunter Loftis is the author of the post) is sharing an intelligent roundup of the best top tips and tricks on how to become a better Node developer, and where to look to maximize your development experience, and needless to say — your app experience by the time you’re done with the project. A lot of cool snippets for developers to take away.
Setting up a Node.js Cluster
Learning how to setup clusters in Node.js is essential for those who are working with multiple-core processors, as Node.js by default does not support multi-threaded actions. Scott Robinson beautifully explains how to make your Node.js stack up more instances to increase the performance of your software. Very easy to follow tutorial.
9 Common Node.js Design Patterns
Build a Web App with Backbone.js and Socket.IO
The great thing about Node is that it is not necessarily limited to any client-side frameworks, being a server-side framework itself. Building with apps on top of Node with frameworks and platforms like Backbone.js and Socket.IO is perfectly possible, and Igor Ribeiro Lima depicts just that; how to build a simple web application using those those frameworks.
How to Become a Better Node.js Developer in 2016
There’s always going to be a way to do something better, to do it more effectively, and such insights require a lot of patience, and dedicated practice with the framework / language you are working with. Gergely Nemeth from RisingStack is sharing with the Node.js developers his thoughts on how to become a better Node developer, in the new year 2016. ES6 is now a reality, and Gergely incorporates that knowledge in his tutorial.
Tips for Optimizing Slow Code in Node.js
Node, as we learned, is a single-threaded framework, and setting up a cluster for maximum performance is crucial. When building a cluster is not an option, we can reference this tutorial from Marc Harter on how to optimize weak-performing code for your Node.js projects. This tutorial focuses on optimizing operations that heavily rely on CPU. First you must investigate the performance leaks, and then act accordingly.
How to deploy your node app on Linux, 2016 edition
Mike MacCana has been maintaining this tutorial on how to deploy Node.js on Linux for three years now, and as we move deeper into 2016, it was only a matter of time before he updated his tutorial for this new year. It still consists of aspects that could be found in the tutorial from day one, but there is a lot of new information that will be crucial for new developers to learn on how to deploy their Node apps with the optimal settings configurations.
Getting your C++ to the Web with Node.js
Scott Frees goes in-depth about transporting your existing C or C++ code to your Node.js applications. From time to time, a business is doing a transition to new ways of doing things, but the transition isn’t always immediate, and some parts take a long time to rebuild, which can often be your C / C++ oriented aspects of a product. Scott provides devs with several options on how to make your C++ code work with Node.
An Intro To Using npm and ES6 Modules for Front End Development
How to Use RethinkDB with Node.js Applications
RethinkDB pushes JSON to your apps in realtime. When your app polls for data, it becomes slow, unscalable, and cumbersome to maintain. RethinkDB is the open-source, scalable database that makes building realtime apps dramatically easier. It only makes sense that Node developers would want to use RethinkDB in their projects, due to the fact that it’s heavily focused on real-time performance. Jay Raj has good news, as this community-reviewed tutorial helps even the most inexperience Node devs to get started with RethinkDB.
How to Build a WI-FI Dashboard Using Node.js and Ractive.js
Want to become a professional Wi-Fi spy? Now is your chance! Marcello La Rocca has been writing dashboard tutorials for a long time now, and his latest tutorial is on how to build a fully functional Wi-Fi dashboard that uses Node.js as back-end, and Ractive.js for all your UI requirements. It’s amazing how technical Node can get, and how much can be achieved by using so little code.
Debugging Node.js in Production
Talk about doing debugging in production environment for any other framework, and people will call you crazy, but it certainly is possible, and Yunong Xiao from Netflix gave a whopping 40-minute talk on the subject, with additional 107 slides attached to the talk. Very detailed and technical talk for experience Node devs who wish to take their skills to the next level.
Finding a Memory Leak in Node.js
Memory leaks can be a challenge, especially when they start to appear in the middle of a fully functioning business process. Finding the root problem for memory leaks isn’t always easy, and Gergely Nemeth is trying to figure out the best way possible for solving this problem through a series of ways that could potentially present problems arising, before they cause any real damage.
Convert Image to ASCII Art with Node.js
Building Secure APIs With Express.js
APIs make Node.js come truly alive, given the fact that APIs make the real-time web experience much more of a reality, but building your first API without taking into consideration some crucial security tips, and general performance aspects can be dangerous, and even fatal to your project in some cases. So yes, we recommend to all Node devs to read through this tutorial by Randall Degges on how to use Express.js to build faster, more secure, and more resilient APIs.
Build a Conference Calling App in Node.js & Express
Let’s keep the momentum alive, another amazing Node tutorial from Christian Jensen, where Christian talks about building a conference application using Node and Express combination. He does involve using his own startup Sinch as the basis of the demo, but you can’t put a price on unique knowledge and learning experience.
Sailing With Sails.js: An MVC-style Framework For Node.js
Web Authentication Methods Explained
Gergely Nemeth highlights the importance of security in web authentication, specifically HTTP authentication where majority of online security risks occur. These days, SSL is enforced pretty much everywhere, but young developers can still find themselves in pitfalls when it comes to hardening the security of your software. Learn from the best on how to tackle this issue with ease.
How to write a P2P chat app in Node.js
Mathias Buus is a community-famous Node developer that has published hundreds of free modules over at NPM, and he is also constantly sharing free information on how to make the most of Node using modern technology developments, one of his latest talks is about building a P2P (peer-to-peer) instant messaging (chat) application with Node.js; set aside good 40 minutes to digest this marvelous talk, you won’t be disappointed.
Building command line tools with Node.js
Command line can be a lot of fun, and also very productive. Tim Pettersen starts his tutorial with a sentiment towards Bash, and how far he has come with Bash and how he still needs to look back on documentations to remember the correct usage, he uses that feeling of having to do stuff all over again to build several examples of concise Node.js command line tools that can be diversed in your own projects you’re working on.
5 Performance Tips for Node.js Applications
Node.js is a powerful framework, it’s why it is so popular in the first place, but it would be silly to think that just by using Node.js we are going to achieve the most optimal, the best peformance of the apps we are working on. It doesn’t work that way, and Floyd Smith takes a moment to talk about this issue more, and shares his five most valuable tips for increase app performance in Node apps!
How to use Node.js and Twilio to provide business value
Node is the work of hundreds of thousands of developers working closely together to create something that helps to push the limitations of modern web development, and we cannot forget that if we want to become a part of this magnificent frameworks ecosystem. Jake Gaylor talks about using Twilio + Node combination to provide real business value for the people that you are working for, even yourself for that matter.
Scraping the Web with Node.js
Scraping is seen in variety of ways, some says it’s bad, while some admire its flexibility towards achieving and sorting through data. Ryan Burgess has shared a tutorial on how to use the combination of two frameworks, Cheerio and Express to create a simple scraping API that you can modify to use on different kinds of APIs.