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  • Drive Express development via test
  • Build and consume a RESTful web API using client and server-side templating
  • Secure and protect Express with passport authentication and SSL via stud
  • Scale Express beyond a single server with Redis and Hipache
  • Decouple Express for improved scalability and maintainability
  • Support real-time application development with Socket.IO
  • Handle failures with a minimum impact to service availability using cluster and domains
  • Understand and cope with Express limitations, including when and where to go for help

Building an Express application that is reliable, robust, maintainable, testable, and can scale beyond a single server requires a bit of extra thought and effort. Express applications that need to survive in a production environment will need to reach out to the Node ecosystem and beyond, for support.

You will start by laying the foundations of your software development journey, as you drive-out features under test. You will move on quickly to expand on your existing knowledge, learning how to create a web API and a consuming client. You will then introduce a real-time element in your application.

Following on from this, you will begin a process of incrementally improving your application as you tackle security, introduce SSL support, and how to handle security vulnerabilities. Next, the book will take you through the process of scaling and then decoupling your application. Finally, you will take a look at various ways you can improve your application's performance and reliability.

  • Learn how to build scalable, robust, and reliable web applications with Express using a test-first, feature-driven approach
  • Full of practical tips and real world examples, and delivered in an easy-to-read format
  • Explore and tackle the issues you encounter in commercially developing and deploying an Express application
Page Count 148
Course Length 4 hours 26 minutes
ISBN 9781783282494
Date Of Publication 25 Nov 2013


Andrew Keig

Andrew Keig is a London based web developer who has been building web applications since 2000. He is the author of Packt's Instant RabbitMQ Messaging Application Development How-to. Andrew has a degree in Computing and blogs at on topics he is passionate about, such as Node.js, REST, Web APIs, and behaviour-driven development. He also contributes to various Node.js open source projects. He is a director at Airasoul, which specializes in the design and build of scalable, RESTful, specification-driven, and real-time web-based applications on the Node.js stack. He is also the co-founder of, a property search startup.