Get started with Node.js in 26 short videos

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Getting started with any new technology is hard, and very time-consuming. Node.js being my favorite platform, I've always wanted to give something back to this awesome community. That's why with some awesome friends, we created this series of practical, bite-sized videos about Node.js for beginners, so you can learn the foundations at your own pace.

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The full video series is available for free here: Beginner's Series to Node.js (and also on YouTube)

 

 

This series is made from 26 videos, organized in 5 modules. You can either follow all of them as a full course or pick some as you need to complete your skill set.

 

We choose to focus on the most important tasks and scenarios to make the most of your time. While we won't cover every single thing to know about Node.js, you'll get all the essential knowledge you need to get started on your project.


Here's what you'll get to learn in these videos:

  1. Introduction to Node.js: 
    You'll learn here what is Node.js and especially why you should learn it. Then we'll see how to set up your Node.js environment, and run some JavaScript with it. We'll also set up VS Code with a few recommended plugins.
  2. Create a new Node.js project and work with dependencies: 
    Now that you're ready to code, we see how to create new projects and make use of the rich ecosystem of packages. We'll also see how to automate your development task and take care of everything around your
  3. Work with files and directories in a Node.js app: 
    Whatever programming language you use, you always need to work with the file system at some point. These videos will get you up to speed on this fundamental skill.
  4. Build a web API with Node.js and Express:
    One the main selling point of Node.js is its capability to quickly create web APIs, thanks to many popular libraries. In this section, we'll cover the most important concepts of the Express web framework to create a web server API.
  5. Debug Node.js app with built-in and VS Code debuggers: 
    Being efficient at finding software bugs is an important skill for all developers. Knowing how to use a debugger well can save you a lot of time, so you'll learn here all you might need as Node.js developer.
Videos are great for visual learning, but having additional forms of content is always helpful.

 

To complete the videos, we also have a full interactive Learn path on Node.js with 5 in-depth tutorials covering the same topics.

And after you got the basics, if you're feeling ready to move your app to the Cloud then we have a dedicated Microsoft Learn page for students which help you get started: https://docs.microsoft.com/learn/roles/student


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