Mastering JavaScript Single Page Application Development

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  • Organize your development environment using the command line with NPM, Bower, and Grunt
  • Choose an accurate design pattern for your app
  • Understand modular JavaScript programming and Node.js
  • interact with a REST API using JavaScript and AJAX with practical examples
  • Build a single page application using the MEAN stack
  • Connect your app across popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Test your app, both on the server side and in views
  • Prepare your app for the real world and deploy it to Heroku

Single-page web applications—or SPAs, as they are commonly referred to—are quickly becoming the de facto standard for web app development. The fact that a major part of the app runs inside a single web page makes it very interesting and appealing. Also, the accelerated growth of browser capabilities is pushing us closer to the day when all apps will run entirely in the browser.

This book will take your JavaScript development skills to the next level by teaching you to create a single-page application within a full-stack JavaScript environment. Using only JavaScript, you can go from being a front-end developer to a full-stack application developer with relative ease.

You will learn to cross the boundary from front-end development to server-side development through the use of JavaScript on both ends. Use your existing knowledge of JavaScript by learning to manage a JSON document data store with MongoDB, writing a JavaScript powered REST API with Node.js and Express, and designing a front-end powered by AngularJS.

This book will teach you to leverage the MEAN stack to do everything from document database design, routing REST web API requests, data-binding within views, and adding authentication and security to building a full-fledged, complex, single-page web application.

In addition to building a full-stack JavaScript app, you will learn to test it with JavaScript-powered testing tools such as Mocha, Karma, and Jasmine. Finally, you will learn about deployment and scaling so that you can launch your own apps into the real world.

  • Build large-scale, feature-complete SPAs by leveraging widely used tools and techniques
  • Gain a solid understanding of architecture and SPA design to build applications using the library or framework of your choice
  • Explore the various facets of SPA development to build web apps that are fast, scalable, and easy to test
Page Count 452
Course Length 13 hours 33 minutes
ISBN 9781785881640
Date Of Publication 27 Oct 2016


Philip Klauzinski

Philip Klauzinski is a senior frontend developer specializing in JavaScript Single Page Application (SPA) development. He has over 20 years of experience in web design and web development and is a leading expert in web application development, client-side JavaScript, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Philip has worked as a frontend developer across multiple industries, including consumer e-commerce, business-to-business e-commerce, big data, Web hosting, direct marketing, domain name services (DNS), and manufacturing.

John Moore

John Moore has been working in web development for 20 years. He is an industry expert in JavaScript and HTML5. He has developed award-winning web applications and worked and consulted for Digital Equipment Corporation, Ernst & Young, Wachovia Bank, and Fidelity Investments. Having focused his early career on frontend web development, he helped usher in responsive web design and Single Page Applications in his roles in development and architecture. Most recently, he led Full Stack development in JavaScript, serving as CTO of a Maine-based startup company.