Sams Teach Yourself Node.js in 24 HoursIn November 2009, Ryan Dahl introduced Node.js at the conference jsconf.eu, a JavaScript conference. He had been very frustrated with the programming languages ​​and tools that existed when it came to deal with asynchronous programming. Therefore, he created Node.js, which makes it possible to run JavaScript on the server side and effectively handle many concurrent requests.

The book Sams Tech Yourself Node.js in 24 Hours by George Ornbo, is a book that introduces us to this exciting new tool. As you understand from the title of the book, it consists of 24 chapters, each of which should take about an hour to complete. I did not do all the examples and then it is much faster to finish reading the book. It is about 440 pages long.

The book is as I said an introduction to Node.js that uses JavaScript as the programming language. This means that you can have a little harder to understand the examples if you do not know this programming language. However, it is not a major obstacle. The examples are simple and it is not hard to understand them.

The book is largely platform independent. Which means that you can run the examples on Windows, Mac or Linux. This in itself demonstrates one of the strengths of Node.js. The author does not describe how to get Node.js to work on Windows Azure. The explanation is probably that the book was written before this was possible on Azure.

I personally had expected that it would have been more chapters on how to create Web services with Node.js. Many chapter is more about how to create web applications, which is not as interesting for me, in my situation.

I will certainly return to this book when I need to study any individual parts again. It will be available in my bookshelf for a long time. I highly recommend it.