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Enhance your web development projects by fully leveraging Node.js concepts, tools, and best practices at frontend

Key Features

  • Discover the internals of Node.js, focusing on frontend web development
  • Explore the npm frontend ecosystem, including its tooling, usage, and development processes
  • Learn about key web development concepts such as monorepos or publishing libraries

Book Description

Almost a decade after the release of Node.js, the tooling used by frontend developers is fully embracing this cross-platform JavaScript runtime, which is sadly often limited to server-side web development. This is where this Node.js book comes in, showing you what this popular runtime has to offer and how you can unlock its full potential to create frontend-focused web apps.

You'll begin by learning the basics and internals of Node.js, before discovering how to divide your code into modules and packages. Next, you'll get to grips with the most popular package managers and their uses and find out how to use TypeScript and other JavaScript variants with Node.js. Knowing which tool to use when is crucial, so this book helps you understand all the available state-of-the-art tools in Node.js. You'll interact with linters such as ESLint and formatters such as Prettier. As you advance, you'll become well-versed with the Swiss Army Knife for frontend developers – the bundler. You'll also explore various testing utilities, such as Jest, for code quality verification. Finally, you'll be able to publish your code in reusable packages with ease.

By the end of this web development book, you'll have gained the knowledge to confidently choose the right code structure for your repositories with all that you've learned about monorepos.

What you will learn

  • Develop a frontend application with Node.js-based tools and libraries
  • Use bundlers such as webpack or Vite to create efficient web applications
  • Leverage test runners such as Jest to ship reliable software
  • Organize code repositories to work in close collaboration with other developers and teams
  • Find out how to publish npm packages to simplify code reuse
  • Improve code quality by enabling consistent formatting using Prettier

Who this book is for

This book is for junior and intermediate-level frontend web developers who are looking to leverage the Node.js ecosystem for building frontend solutions. The book requires beginner-level knowledge of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Prior experience in using a standard shell (sh) will be beneficial.

Table of Contents

  1. Modern Frontend Development with Node.js
  2. Contributors
  3. About the author
  4. About the reviewers
  5. Preface
  6. Part 1: Node.js Fundamentals
  7. Chapter 1: Learning about the Internals of Node.js
  8. Chapter 2: Dividing Code into Modules and Packages
  9. Chapter 3: Choosing a Package Manager
  10. Part 2: Tooling
  11. Chapter 4: Using Different Flavors of JavaScript
  12. Chapter 5: Enhancing Code Quality with Linters and Formatters
  13. Chapter 6: Building Web Apps with Bundlers
  14. Chapter 7: Improving Reliability with Testing Tools
  15. Part 3: Advanced Topics
  16. Chapter 8: Publishing npm Packages
  17. Chapter 9: Structuring Code in Monorepos
  18. Chapter 10: Integrating Native Code with WebAssembly
  19. Chapter 11: Using Alternative Runtimes
  20. Index
  21. Other Books You May Enjoy
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