In the world where you can Google and find almost everything, good old books may seem to be a bit out-of-date… Especially technical ones! However, some of them are truly irreplaceable when it comes to all-embracing patterns, covering the basics, or even leading us step by step from the fundamental concepts to some highly-advanced details. Best books on Node.js are not exception.
That’s why we’ve decided to prepare a list of 10 really good Node.js books that can help you in your career as a developer, no matter how experienced you actually are:
If you’re a newbie, you’ll be able to master it, A to Z.
If Node.js is not a novelty for you, some of these books will simply help you structure your knowledge, while the others are going to teach you certain new tricks.
mobile-first theming (with Bootstrap),
authentication methods (using OAuth),
microservice deployment (with Docker),
real-time applications (with Socket.IO),
unit testing (with Mocha),
and functional testing of the app (with CasperJS).
It is definitely not a book for a newbie but it could be really helpful if you already have a substantial knowledge of JS and you want to take your skills to the higher level. It is full of useful programming and deployment examples. And, what is very significant, Shelley Powers updated the second edition with the fairly new Node 6.0 LTS (Long Term Support) release. The book will simply help you:
explore the full functionality of Node.js,
built web apps and HTTP servers using Node modules,
test the apps on fly using Node’s REPL console,
get to know how to use Node.js in the IoT (Internet of Things) and microcomputers.
If you want to build dynamic data-driven apps, you should definitely get MEAN… Simon Holmes wrote a complete handbook (based on MongoDB 2, Express 4, Angular 1, and Node.js 4) - one that every budding full-stack developer ought to be familiar with. Go through it, and get some very practical knowledge with ready-to-use examples! The author precisely explained one topic at a time, letting you adopt it before moving on to the other. The book most certainly deserves a place on our Node.js recommendation list because:
it is easy to follow,
it includes the whole package of useful information, also about technologies that can be used with or aside from MEAN stack, such as Git or Bootstrap,
adding client-side and server-side functionalities to an app,
best practices of organizing and reusing code,
logging, authentication, and authorization,
testing, integrating, and deploying software updates,
building RESTful APIs,
internationalization in order to expand the apps’ reach.
It is a straightforward introduction to Node.js as a platform for Internet of Things. Mulder and Breseman show us some great ways to connect the two words we live in nowadays - analog and digital. Node.js for Embedded Systems will allow you to understand how to:
use JS to program components like microcontrollers and sensors,
run Node.js on Intel Edison or Raspberry Pi,
use Tessel 2 platform to prototype IoT devices,
make use of advanced libraries (such as Johnny-Five) to control machines remotely with Bluetooth,
...and much more!
This guide is simply going to teach you (on a basic to intermediate level), how to talk in JS with different kinds of hardware platforms.
a proper introduction to Node.js,
the key development techniques,
a great piece of information about the libraries and tools,
a glimpse into the code samples.
In the end, you are going to learn how to make use of Express 4 and 5 alpha to build a Node.js app from a scratch, and then take it to the level of testing, hooking it up to a database, and deploying on the Internet.
create server-side RESTful applications which are perfectly scalable,
get rid of the third-party dependencies in testing,
secure the services with NoSQL database integration.
All of it, and much more within the one and only Node.js platform!
Data Layer (using MongoDB),
Service Layer (within Node.js and Express framework),
Presentation Layer (using Angular).
The author explained step by step, how the abovementioned technologies come together in allowing you to design, build, test, deploy, and then manage RESTful web applications. Flipping through the pages is enough to notice that the book is full of graphics and code snippets which make it easier to understand. Nicely done, Eric!
We hope that you are going to find this list really helpful. But maybe you can recommend some other Node.js books as well? Let us know in the comment section below!