By Rey Bango
At Tuts+, we constantly strive to produce great courses for top-developer technologies and Node.js is no exception. We cover everything from getting started with Node.js to building web apps with the Express framework. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced developer, our courseware has you covered.
The Node.js project’s main site not only offers you the installers to get Node.js running on your system, but also providers a wealth of information to ensure you understand how to use it. The documentation is solid and provides a lot of detail about the API but the community page is what really stands out. It’s chock full of great information about meetups, third party support options and learning sites to get you ready for your Node.js journey.
If you plan on doing any serious Node.js development, you’re going to have to get familiar with Node Packaged Modules. npm is the official package manager for Node.js and not only will you use it for bringing in functionality to your app via the npm registry, you’ll eventually want to create your own modules to make code management way easier. The npm registry hosts a boatload of modules that provide all types of capabilities, so be sure to check it out before trying to reinvent the wheel.
When you want a little more hand holding past simple tutorials, sometimes an online class does the trick. Nodeschool is a very sweet, interactive community-driven course that helps you get up to speed on Node.js. By installing the courses locally and walking through them, you should be able to develop a decent understanding of the application server. The best part is that it’s free!
One of the reasons articles like this one exists, is because there’s so much information floating around, making it hard to narrow it down to the really useful resources. One place that aims to help is Planet Node.js, which serves to aggregate content from all the top Node.js-related blogs, making it very easy to add to your RSS feed. Just add it to your favorite news reader (I like NewBlur personally) and you’ll be all set with great Node.js information.
Into podcasts? Then this is the one you need to listen to. This monthly Node.js podcast dives deep into the Node.js world, bringing on top Node developers like Daniel Shaw and Mikeal Rogers to talk about everything from powering drones with Node to technical topics like error handling. And considering that Joyent is sponsoring this, you know it’s got to be good.
I call this the big bucket of Node.js resources. Node Cloud aggregates a list of a ton of Node.js resources and it’s certainly worth bookmarking
As it gains more traction, we’ll see more and more resources become available ensuring that aspiring Node.js developers can ramp up quickly and with little friction. I hope this list is a good start and helps you on your journey to be a great Node.js developer.