Getting Started with Node.JS on Alibaba Cloud

Prominent Node.JS Features

Node Is Asynchronous and Event-Driven

Node Is Very Fast

Node Is Scalable

No Buffering

Installing Node.JS

Read-Eval-Print Loop

How to Launch Node.js Scripts

$ node -e "console.log(new Date());"

Process Information in Node.js

ps aux | grep 'node'
node -e "console.log("

How to Access Global Scope in Node.js

How to Export and Import Modules = object;, e.g., 
var messages = {
find: function(req, res, next) {
add: function(req, res, next) {
format: 'title | date | author'
exports.messages = messages;
var messages = require('./routes/messages.js');
module.exports = function(app) {
app.set('port', process.env.PORT || 3000);
app.set('views', __dirname + '/views');
app.set('view engine', 'jade');
return app;
var app = express();
var config = require('./config/index.js');
app = config(app);
var = express(); require('./config/index.js')(app);.
var keys = require('./keys.js'),
messages = require('./routes/messages.js');

Buffer in Node.js

__dirname versus process.cwd

Other Useful Utilities

  1. URL
  2. Crypto
  3. Path
  4. String Decoder

Handling File Systems in Node.js

var fs = require('fs');
var path = require('path');
fs.readFile(path.join(__dirname, '/data/customers.csv'), {encoding: 'utf-8'}, function (err, data) {
if (err) throw err;
var fs = require('fs');
fs.writeFile('message.txt', 'Hello World!', function (err) {
if (err) throw err;
console.log('Writing is done.');

How to Stream Data in Node.js

var fs = require('fs');

Using NPN to Install Node.js modules

  1. The package.json file
  2. The node_modules folder

Hello World

var HTTP = require('HTTP');
http.createServer(function (req, res) {
res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
res.end('Hello World\n');
}).listen(1332, '');
console.log('Server running at');]

Catching Bugs in Node.js

Dealing with Callbacks in Node.js

fs.readdir(source, function(err, files) {
if (err) {
console.log('Error finding files: ' + err)
} else {
files.forEach(function(filename, fileIndex) {
gm(source + filename).size(function(err, values) {
if (err) {
console.log('Error identifying file size: ' + err)
} else {
console.log(filename + ' : ' + values)
aspect = (values.width / values.height)
widths.forEach(function(width, widthIndex) {
height = Math.round(width / aspect)
console.log('resizing ' + filename + 'to ' + height + 'x' + height)
this.resize(width, height).write(destination + 'w' + width + '_' + filename, function(err) {
if (err) console.log('Error writing file: ' + err)


  1. I/O bound apps
  2. Apps for data streaming
  3. Data Intensive Real-time Applications (DIRT)
  4. JSON APIs based apps
  5. Single page apps




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