Begin to Code (Microsoft Press)
Friday, 10 November 2023

This full-color guide will help you start creating cloud-based apps and games fast, even if you've never done it before. Rob Miles has revamped the tutorial for beginners providing challenges from debugging to step-by-step Make Something Happen exercises replicated as YouTube videos linked directly from the book.

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Miles aims to put code in context, showing how modern cloud applications are deployed and run, how their elements combine into working systems, and how key cloud technologies help you address security, reliability, and scalability.

Author: Rob Miles
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Date: June 2023
Pages: 560
ISBN: 978-0138065409
Print: 0138065403
Kindle: B0BVF4C9HZ
Audience: Non-programmers wanting to learn JavaScript
Level: Introductory
Category: JavaScript

Topics include:

  • Recognize what’s unique about cloud-based software and why JavaScript is ideal for developing them
  • Move JavaScript code onto the cloud, and add programmed behavior to web pages
  • Create active sites and generate dynamic web content
  • Use the Node.js framework to write programs that run on servers and respond to browser requests
  • Build shared applications that use services and JSON data transfer
  • Host and optimize shared game experiences in the cloud
  • Consider ethical and privacy issues as you design new cloud apps and services
  • Streamline and improve cloud development with Express Framework, node package manager, and Git
  • Use professional techniques to deliver reliable, secure, and well performing solutions
  • Build cloud-hosted programs that interact with file stores and databases
  • Configure and deploy a working application, step by step
  • Get started with cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) development

For recommendations of JavaScript books see JavaScript Beginners Book Choice and Advanced JavaScript Book Choices in our Programmer's Bookshelf section.

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