Tech Tutorial: Learning Node.js for JavaScript Programming – Episode 01: Introduction to Node

Traditionally, JavaScript has run only in browsers on a user’s computer. With the creation of Google Chrome and the underlying JavaScript execution engine called V8, some open source developers decided to bring JavaScript to servers. These developers took the V8 JavaScript execution environment used by the Chrome browser and build what is known as Node.js that can be installed on servers and computers. Node.js moves JavaScript from being a Browser only programming language to a fully-featured programming language just like Ruby, Python, and other dynamic languages.

Another important aspect of Node.js is that it now makes it possible to build complete web applications using the same programming language on both the front end (in the browser) and on the back end (server). In the past, we had to use JavaScript on the front end and a completely different language on the back end like Java, C#, Ruby, PHP, or Python, Node.js has completely changed web development.

In this technical series, we will be learning how to use Node.js as the JavaScript execution environment on your computer or servers when building software.

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Tim Clark

Experienced Business Owner, Chief Information Officer, Vice President, Chief Software Architect, Application Architect, Project Manager, Software Developer, Senior Web Developer, Graphic Designer & 3D Modeler, University Instructor, University Program Chair, Academic Director. Specialties: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, JQuery, AJAX, Node.js, React.js, Angular.js, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, SQL Server, Responsive Design, HTML5, XHTML, CSS3, C#,, Project Management, System Design/Architecture, Web Design, Web Development, Adobe CS6 (Photoshop, Illustrator)

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