Building Node Applications with MongoDB and Backbone

Build an application from backend to browser with Node.js, and kick open the doors to real-time event programming. With this hands-on book, you’ll learn how to create a social network application similar to LinkedIn and Facebook, but with a real-time twist. And you’ll build it with just one programming language: JavaScript.

If you’re an experienced web developer unfamiliar with JavaScript, the book’s first section introduces you to the project’s core technologies: Node.js, Backbone.js, and the MongoDB data store. You’ll then launch into the project—a highly responsive, highly scalable application—guided by clear explanations and lots of code examples.

  • Learn about key modules in Node.js for building real-time apps
  • Use the Backbone.js framework to write clean browser code, and maintain better data integration with MongoDB
  • Structure project files as a foundation for code that will arrive later
  • Create user accounts and learn how to secure the data
  • Use Backbone.js templates to build the application’s UIs, and integrate access control with Node.js
  • Develop a contact list to help users link to and track other accounts
  • Use to create real-time chat functionality
  • Extend your UIs to give users up-to-the-minute information

Table of Contents
Part I: Introducing Node.js, Backbone.js, and MongoDB
Chapter 1. Introduction and Overview
Chapter 2. Node.js
Chapter 3. Backbone.js
Chapter 4. MongoDB

Part II: Building a Social Network
Chapter 5. Setting Up the Project
Chapter 6. Authentication
Chapter 7. The User Interface
Chapter 8. Making Friends
Chapter 9. Chat
Chapter 10. Activities in Real Time

Book Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media (December 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449337392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449337391
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  1. billadoid says:


    BTW, there are some quite awesome techniques by the mozilla guys.

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