Getting Started with Node.js

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For a high-level introduction to Node.js, start here, Steve Vinoski's article on Node.js.


The Github Node Wiki contains excellent installation guide that explains how to get started installing Node.js and the Node Package Manager (NPM) on your system.


Check the pre-requisites section in the installation guide and install packages listed there.

 sudo apt-get install git-core build-essential openssl libssl-dev pkg-config

If python3 is default on your system, before continuing with configure

mkdir /tmp/bin; ln -s /usr/bin/python2.7 /tmp/bin/python;
export PATH = /tmp/bin:$PATH

If you're compiling Node.js from source, you can follow these steps

mkdir -p ~/local/node
cd ~/workspace && git clone
cd node && git checkout v0.8.18 # check for latest stable release
./configure --prefix=~/local/node
make -j2 && make install

# Edit ~/.bashrc to update the path variable
export PATH=$HOME/local/node/bin:$PATH
. ~/.bashrc
node --version && npm --version # to verify node and npm versions

Setting up Lint

You can install jslint or jshint, both of which are tools to detect errors and potential problems in JavaScript code.

npm install -g jshint
npm install -g jslint
# Run against your javascript code
jshint app.js

Some core concepts

This was a short how-to note on installing and getting started with node.js. Will add more articles on node.js in coming days.

Cheers, \m/

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