How to get start with Node.js

 

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The official site of Node.js is informative, but maybe not quite easy to follow for beginners of Node.js.  I would like to put some good reference sites for Node.js beginners, so that you can speed up your journey of Node.js.

The first site is http://www.nodebeginner.org/.  It provides good background knowledge of Node.js, as well as the hands-on examples.  It is easy to follow, and can give you more confidence to start with your Node.js journey.

Felix’s Node.js Guide is also worth reading.  It provides the Style Guide of Node.js, and also provide some tips for you to convince your boss to adopt Node.js.

The last site I would like to introduce is Node.js Manual.  It provides a set of Tutorial and Guide of Node.js, and complete reference of Node.js and JavaScript.

Hope these info helps. I read the above links and developed my first Node.js web site: http://chat.skychen.com/

Sky Chen

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How to set up your own domain name

I recently setup my own domain: chat.skychen.com.  Why?  Because I would like to have a domain name for my node.js Social Chat Website (http://chat.skychen.com/), and for my upcoming web sites.

It is not hard, and here is some experience when setting up my domain:

The first step is to find a good service provider.  I am using onlydomains.com, because I saw its ads in Google search result. 🙂  You can also consider the recommendations from Jason – Five Best Domain Name Registrars.

The second step is to make sure the domain name you are looking for is available.  Most of the Domain Name Registrars provided the search function for you.  I am decided to use my own name as the domain name, because I would like to use this domain for my own works/hacks and so on.

If your domain is available, then you just need to pay for it.  It takes about USD 10 for a domain name per year.

It will take a few days to make your domain registered.  The last step is to setup your domain, to route the traffics to your web servers:  Adding DNS Records.

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My node.js web site – Social Chat

I have built a Social Chat web site using node.js and express, everyauth, and socket.io modules. Check it out here:

http://chat.skychen.com/

You can use different social networks account to login, and chat with your friends in Real-Time!

Try it out!

Sky Chen

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