The in-depth, detailed, hand-on manual on Express.js, the most popular Node.js framework. Will get you up and running fast and save you time. Understand the concepts, learn the best practices. Become an Express.js expert today.

Express.js API reference, quick start guides, 20+ meticulously explained examples and tutorials — over 270 pages with more than 60 illustrations.

Azat Mardan

Azat Mardan has over 12 years of experience in web, mobile and software development. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Informatics and a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology degree, Azat possesses deep academic knowledge as well as extensive practical experience.

Recently, he has worked as an engineer at the curated social media news aggregator website, Storify.com (acquired by LiveFyre). Before that, Azat worked as a CTO/co-founder at Gizmo — an enterprise cloud platform for mobile marketing campaigns, and has undertaken the prestigious 500 Startups business accelerator program. Previously, he was developing mission-critical applications for government agencies in Washington, DC: National Institutes of Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information,Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Lockheed Martin. Azat is a frequent attendee at Bay Area tech meet-ups and hackathons (AngelHack hackathon ’12 finalist with team FashionMetric.com).

In addition, Azat teaches technical classes at General Assembly and Hack Reactor, pariSOMA and Marakana (acquired by Twitter) to much acclaim.

In his spare time, Azat writes about technology on his blog: webAppLog.com which is number one in “express.js tutorial” Google search results. Azat is also the author of Express.js Guide, Rapid Prototyping with JS and Oh My JS!

    • Foreword

    • Acknowledgment

    • Introduction * Why

      • What This Book Is

      • What This Book is Not

      • Who This Book is For

      • Notation

      • Navigation

      • How to Use the Book

      • Examples

      • About the Author

      • Errata

      • Contact Us

  • I Quick Start * 1. What is Express.js?
    • 2. How Express.js Works
    • 3. Installation
    • 4. Hello World Example
    • 5. CLI
    • 6. Watching for File Changes
    • 7. MVC Structure and Modules
  • II The Interface * 8. Configuration * 8.1 app.set() and app.get() * 8.2 app.enable() and app.disable() * 8.3 app.enabled() and app.disabled()
    • 9. Settings * 9.1 env
      • 9.2 view cache
      • 9.3 view engine
      • 9.4 views
      • 9.5 trust proxy
      • 9.6 jsonp callback name
      • 9.7 json replacer and json spaces
      • 9.8 case sensitive routing
      • 9.9 strict routing
      • 9.10 x-powered-by
      • 9.11 etag
      • 9.12 subdomain offset
    • 10. Environments * 10.1 app.configure()
    • 11. Applying Middleware * 11.1 app.use()
    • 12. Types of Middleware * 12.1 express.compress()
      • 12.2 express.logger()
      • 12.3 express.json()
      • 12.4 express.urlencoded()
      • 12.5 express.multipart()
      • 12.6 express.bodyParser()
      • 12.7 express.cookieParser()
      • 12.8 express.session()
      • 12.9 express.csrf()
      • 12.10 express.static()
      • 12.11 express.basicAuth()
      • 12.12 Other Express.js/Connect Middlewares
    • 13. Different Template Engines * 13.1 app.engine()
    • 14. Extracting Parameters * 14.1 app.param()
    • 15. Routing * 15.1 app.VERB()
      • 15.2 app.all()
      • 15.3 Trailing Slashes
    • 16. Request Handlers
    • 17. Request * 17.1 query
      • 17.2 req.params
      • 17.3 req.body
      • 17.4 req.files
      • 17.5 req.route
      • 17.6 req.cookies
      • 17.7 req.signedCookies
      • 17.8 req.header() and req.get()
      • 17.9 Other Attributes and Methods
    • 18. Response * 18.1 res.render()
      • 18.2 res.locals()
      • 18.3 res.set()
      • 18.4 res.status()
      • 18.5 res.send()
      • 18.6 res.json()
      • 18.7 res.jsonp()
      • 18.8 res.redirect()
      • 18.9 Other Response Methods and Properties
    • 19. Error Handling
    • 20. Running an App * 20.1 app.locals
      • 20.2 app.render()
      • 20.3 app.routes
      • 20.4 app.listen()
  • III Tips and Tricks * 21. Abstraction
    • 22. Using Databases in Modules
    • 23. Keys and Passwords
    • 24. Streams
    • 25. Redis
    • 26. Authentication
    • 27. Multi-Threading with Clusters
    • 28. Consolidate.js
    • 29. Stylus, LESS and SASS * 29.1 Stylus
      • 29.2 LESS
      • 29.3 SASS
    • 30. Security * 30.1 CSRF
      • 30.2 Permissions
      • 30.3 Headers
    • 31. Socket.IO
    • 32. Domains
  • IV Tutorials and Examples * 33. Instagram Gallery * 33.1 A File Structure * 33.2 Dependencies * 33.3 Node.js Server * 33.4 Handlebars Template * 33.5 Conclusion

    • 34. Todo App * 34.1 Scaffolding
      • 34.2 MongoDB
      • 34.3 Structure
      • 34.4 app.js
      • 34.5 Routes
      • 34.6 Jades
      • 34.7 LESS
      • 34.8 Conclusion
    • 35. REST API * 35.1 Test Coverage
      • 35.2 Dependencies
      • 35.3 Implementation
      • 35.4 Conclusion
    • 36. HackHall * 36.1 What is HackHall
      • 36.2 Running HackHall
      • 36.3 Structure
      • 36.4 Express.js App
      • 36.5 Routes * 36.5.1 index.js
        • 36.5.2 auth.js
        • 36.5.3 main.js
        • 36.5.4 users.js
        • 36.5.5 applications.js
        • 36.5.6 posts.js
      • 36.6 Mogoose Models
      • 36.7 Mocha Tests
      • 36.8 Conclusion
    • ExpressWorks * What is ExpressWorks Based On?

      • Installation (recommended)

      • Local Installation (advanced)

      • Usage

      • Reset

      • Steps * Hello World

        • Jade

        • Good Old Form

        • Static

        • Stylish CSS

        • Param Pam Pam

        • What’s in a Query

        • JSON Me

    • Related Reading and Resources * Other Node.js Frameworks

      • Node.js Books

      • JavaScript Classics

      • Contact Us

    • Appendix A: Migrating Express.js 3.x to 4.x: Middleware, Route and Other Changes * Replacing Unbundled Middleware in Express.js 4

      • Removing Deprecated Methods from Express.js 4 Apps * app.configure()

        • app.router

        • res.on(‘header’)

        • res.charset

        • res.headerSent

        • req.accepted()

      • Other Express.js 4 Changes * app.use()

        • res.location()

        • app.route

        • json spaces

        • req.params

        • res.locals

        • req.is

        • Express.js Command-Line Generator

      • Express.js 4 Route Instance and Chaining It

      • Further Express.js 4 Migration Reading Links

    • Appendix B: Express.js 4, Node.js and MongoDB REST API Tutorial * Node.js and MongoDB REST API Overview

      • REST API Tests with Mocha and Superagent

      • NPM-ing Node.js Server Dependencies

      • Express.js 4 and MongoDB (Mongoskin) Implementation

      • Running The Express.js 4 App and Testing MongoDB Data with Mocha

      • Conclusion and Further Express.js and Node.js Reading

    • Appendix C: Express.js 4 Cheatsheet * Installation

      • Generator

      • Basics

      • HTTP Verbs and Routes

      • Request

      • Request Header Shortcuts

      • Response

      • Handlers Signatures

      • Stylus and Jade

      • Body

      • Static

      • Connect Middleware

      • Other Popular Middleware