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An introduction to Node.JS -- why its cool and useful and powerful. Allen Cook's slides from his presentation to the KYJSUG on Feb 28.

An introduction to Node.JS -- why its cool and useful and powerful. Allen Cook's slides from his presentation to the KYJSUG on Feb 28.

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    Node.js Introduction Node.js Introduction Presentation Transcript

    • Node.jsJavascript outside the browser
    • What is Node.js?Node is a way to use Javascript outside thebrowser, on the server side.At its core, its a command line version ofJavascript.node script.jsHow does this let you serve webpages?
    • The Modular Server● Out of the box, node cant serve webpages● Handling HTTP requests happens with a module (express)● Routing, Authentication and Database layers are all separate modules● Find and install node modules with npm● You wire the modules together with code
    • Modular Example// to serve a webpagevar express = require(express);// login modulevar passport = require(passport);// provide a callback for the indexvar app = express();app.get("/", function(......// require authenticationapp.use(passport.initialize());
    • Express, the webserverWhen node.js needs to act as a webserver,typically you use express.Express handles listening on a port for HTTPrequests and responsesIn typical node.js fashion, express has manymodules handling JSON parsing, basicauthentication, sessions and more.
    • Express "Hello World"var express = require(express);var app = express();app.get(/hello.txt, function(req, res){ var body = Hello World; res.setHeader(Content-Type, text/plain); res.setHeader(Content-Length, body.length); res.end(body);});app.listen(80);
    • Socket.ioSocket.io is used to communicate with thebrowsers Javascript app.When using client-side apps, such asBackbone or KnockoutJS, you cancommunicate changes to node.js for saving toa databaseSocket.io is lightweight and responsive, forreal-time server-client communication
    • Socket.io ExampleServervar io = require(socket.io).listen(8080);io.sockets.on(connection, function (socket) { socket.on(data:save, function (data) { // save data to database });});Client<script> var socket = io.connect(http://localhost); // save data to servers database socket.emit(data:save, { my: data });</script>
    • Scaling with ClusterNode.js, like Javascript, only has one thread!For a webserver, this makes every request waiton the previous request to complete beforebeing processed.Fortunately, cluster lets you start the samenode.js script in multiple threads. Similar to Cs"fork" method
    • Cluster Examplevar cluster = require(cluster);if (cluster.isMaster) { require(os).cpus().forEach( function () { cluster.fork(); });} else { // Serve your app, this code will // run multiple times, once for // each CPU on your server}
    • Many more modules!● Mongoose to communicate with MongoDB● fs for using the servers filesystem● vm for running new sandboxed Javascripts● node-mysql for MySql● Lots more! Use npm search to find any module you want!
    • Questions?