Building Scalable Apps with Redis and Node.js

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Sample Chapters
  • Design a simple application and turn it into the next Instagram
  • Integrate utilities such as Redis,, and Backbone to create Node.js web applications
  • Learn to develop a complete web application right from the frontend to the backend in a streamlined manner

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 293 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2014
ISBN : 1783984481
ISBN 13 : 9781783984480
Author(s) : Joshua Johanan
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Application Development, Open Source
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Joshua Johanan

Joshua Johanan is a web developer who currently lives in South Bend, Indiana. He has been a web developer for five years. He has built sites using many different languages including PHP, Python, JavaScript, and C#, although if asked he would prefer using Python and JavaScript. These languages have led him to use different MVC frameworks such as Zend Framework, Django, and .Net’s MVC. As you can tell from this book, Joshua has also used JavaScript on both the backend with Node.js and the frontend using many different libraries. These include Backbone, React, jQuery, and plain old JavaScript. He currently works for a Health Care Organization writing websites in C#. This does not allow him to utilize the latest flashy browser technologies, but it does enforce good development skills like maintainability and scalability. This is his first book, but he does post somewhat regularly on his blog at
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What you will learn from this book

  • Build and implement your custom middleware for Express
  • Integrate with Express and use the same authentication
  • Create a secure local store for passwords
  • Use message queues to break down your application into manageable pieces
  • Leverage the power of Redis to create a shared state across many different servers
  • Implement Backbone,, and React together for a fast, dynamic, and real-time front end
  • Automate your build process with the use of the Grunt.js task runner
  • Build deployment scripts to get servers running your application in the cloud

In Detail

Node.js is a JavaScript runtime-based scalable platform to develop web applications and network programs on the server-side. There are many frameworks that have popped up in recent years, but what makes Node.js unique is that it opens up a whole new frontier for web development and takes a hybrid approach. As a result, it allows web designers to access the backend of their projects while also allowing developers, who are willing to learn JavaScript, a chance to design. It is essential to know the concepts of Node.js and other frameworks, including React and Backbone, if you want to develop a comprehensive web application in JavaScript from scratch.

This book will help you get to grips with Node.js and implement the knowledge to build efficient web applications. You start with developing a backend web application followed by a frontend interface, and later on deploy it to the cloud platform. Starting with Node.js and Express, you build out a scalable web application. You will then add pieces sequentially for real-time communication, authentication, and message-queueing, and also use Redis as the NoSQL database for your application. Later on you will start developing a maintainable frontend interface by integrating frameworks including Backbone,, and React. Then you will learn about building scripts and setting up your development environment. Finally, you will learn how to write server-side applications and deploy them to the cloud.

This book takes a holistic approach to get to grips with server-side programming using Node.js in conjunction with different frameworks and tools.


This is a step-by-step guide for building a complete application from scratch without too much information overload. It adheres to a pragmatic approach to learn the different areas of Node.js using ample code examples.

Who this book is for

If the phrase scalability sounds alien to you, then this is an ideal book for you. You will not need much Node.js experience as each framework is demonstrated in a way that requires no previous knowledge of the framework. You will be building scalable Node.js applications in no time. Knowledge of JavaScript is required.

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