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NodeJS – The Complete Guide (incl. MVC, REST APIs, GraphQL)

Master Node JS, build REST APIs with Node.js, GraphQL APIs, add Authentication, use MongoDB, SQL & much more!
Work with one of the most in-demand web development programming languages
Build modern, fast and scalable server-side web applications with NodeJS, databases like SQL or MongoDB and more
Understand the NodeJS ecosystem and build server-side rendered apps, REST APIs and GraphQL APIs

Join the most comprehensive Node.js course on Udemy!

Node.js is probably THE most popular and modern server-side programming language you can dive into these days!

Node.js developers are in high demand and the language is used for everything from traditional web apps with server-side rendered views over REST APIs all the way up to GraphQL APIs and real-time web services. Not to mention its applications in build workflows for projects of all sizes.

This course will teach you all of that! From scratch with zero prior knowledge assumed. Though if you do bring some knowledge, you’ll of course be able to quickly jump into the course modules that are most interesting to you.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this course:

  • Node.js Basics & Basic Core Modules

  • Parsing Requests & Sending Responses

  • Rendering HTML Dynamically (on the Server)

  • Using Express.js

  • Working with Files and generating PDFs on the Server (on-the-fly)

  • File Up- and Download

  • Using the Model-View-Controller (MVC) Pattern

  • Using Node.js with SQL (MySQL) and Sequelize

  • Using Node.js with NoSQL (MongoDB) and Mongoose

  • Working with Sessions & Cookies

  • User Authentication and Authorization

  • Sending E-Mails

  • Validating User Input

  • Data Pagination

  • Handling Payments with Stripe.js

  • Building REST APIs

  • Authentication in REST APIs

  • File Upload in REST APIs

  • Building GraphQL APIs

  • Authentication in GraphQL APIs

  • File Upload in GraphQL APIs

  • Building a Realtime Node.js App with Websockets

  • Automated Testing (Unit Tests)

  • Deploying a Node.js Application

  • And Way More!

Does this look like a lot of content? It certainly is!

This is not a short course but it is the “Complete Guide” on Node.js after all. We’ll dive into a lot of topics and we’ll not just scratch the surface.

We’ll also not just walk through boring theory and some slides. Instead, we’ll build two major projects: An online shop (including checkout + payments) and a blog.

All topics and features of the course will be shown and used in these projects and you’ll therefore learn about them in a realistic environment.

Is this course for you?

If you got no Node.js experience, you’ll love this course because it starts with zero knowledge assumed. It’s the perfect course to become a Node.js developer.

If you got basic Node.js experience, this course is also a perfect match because you can go through the basic modules quickly and you’ll benefit from all the deep dives and advanced topics the course covers.

Are you an advanced Node.js user? Check the curriculum then. Maybe you found no other course that shows how to use SQL with Node.js. Or you’re interested in GraphQL. Chances are, that you’ll get a lot of value out of this course, too!

Prerequisites

  • NO Node.js knowledge is required at all!

  • NO other programming language knowledge (besides JavaScript, see next point) is required

  • Basic JavaScript knowledge is assumed though – you should at least be willing to pick it up whilst going through the course. A JS refresher module exists to bring you up to the latest syntax quickly

  • Basic HTML + CSS knowledge helps but is NOT required

Introduction

1
Introduction
2
What is Node.js?
3
Installing Node.js and Creating our First App
4
Understanding the Role & Usage of Node.js
5
Course Outline
6
How To Get The Most Out Of The Course
7
Working with the REPL vs Using FIles
8
Using the Attached Source Code

Optional: JavaScript - A Quick Refresher

1
Module Introduction
2
JavaScript in a Nutshell
3
Refreshing the Core Syntax
4
let & const
5
Understanding Arrow Functions
6
Working with Objects, Properties & Methods
7
Arrays & Array Methods
8
Arrays, Objects & Reference Types
9
Understanding Spread & Rest Operators
10
Destructuring
11
Async Code & Promises
12
Template Literals
13
Wrap Up
14
Useful Resources & Links

Understanding the Basics

1
Module Introduction
2
How The Web Works
3
Creating a Node Server
4
The Node Lifecycle & Event Loop
5
Controlling the Node.js Process
6
Understanding Requests
7
Sending Responses
8
Request & Response Headers
9
Routing Requests
10
Redirecting Requests
11
Parsing Request Bodies
12
Understanding Event Driven Code Execution
13
Blocking and Non-Blocking Code
14
Node.js - Looking Behind the Scenes
15
Using the Node Modules System
16
Wrap Up
17
Time to Practice - The Basics
18
Useful Resources & Links

Improved Development Workflow and Debugging

1
Module Introduction
2
Understanding NPM Scripts
3
Installing 3rd Party Packages
4
Global Features vs Core Modules vs Third-Party Modules
5
Using Nodemon for Autorestarts
6
Global & Local npm Packages
7
Understanding different Error Types
8
Finding & Fixing Syntax Errors
9
Dealing with Runtime Errors
10
Logical Errors
11
Using the Debugger
12
Restarting the Debugger Automatically After Editing our App
13
Debugging Node.js in Visual Studio Code
14
Changing Variables in the Debug Console
15
Wrap Up
16
Useful Resources & Links

Working with Express.js

1
Module Introduction
2
What is Express.js?
3
Installing Express.js
4
Adding Middleware
5
How Middleware Works
6
Express.js - Looking Behind the Scenes
7
Handling Different Routes
8
Time to Practice - Express.js
9
Parsing Incoming Requests
10
Limiting Middleware Execution to POST Requests
11
Using Express Router
12
Adding a 404 Error Page
13
Filtering Paths
14
Creating HTML Pages
15
Serving HTML Pages
16
Returning a 404 Page
17
Using a Helper Function for Navigation
18
Styling our Pages
19
Serving Files Statically
20
Time to Practice - Navigation
21
Wrap Up
22
Useful Resources & Links

Working with Dynamic Content & Adding Templating Engines

1
Module Introduction
2
Sharing Data Across Requests & Users
3
Templating Engines - An Overview
4
Installing & Implementing Pug
5
Outputting Dynamic Content
6
Official Pug Docs
7
Converting HTML Files to Pug
8
Adding a Layout
9
Finishing the Pug Template
10
Working with Handlebars
11
Converting our Project to Handlebars
12
Adding the Layout to Handlebars
13
Working with EJS
14
Working on the Layout with Partials
15
Wrap Up
16
Time to Practice - Templating Engines
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