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Node.js Tutorials - Part 0

Node.js Tutorial 1


Download node.js for your platform at: (For Windows and MacOS you can download a simple installer.)

(Windows Users: Make sure Node is added to your PATH environment variable. This should be a default installation setting.)

Your First Application

The first thing we create is a simple “Hello World” application. Create a file hello.js with the following contents:

console.log('Hello World');

now open a console/terminal window and call

node hello.js

This will output “Hello World” in your console window. That's it! The first application is running.

A First Web Application

The next step is using Node.js to create a Web application. We create a server which creates the following JSON output:

   greeting: "Hello World"

First we need the http module. To access it use:

var http = require('http');

With the createServer of the http module a new server can be created. The syntax is: http.createServer([requestListener]). The requestListener is a function which is automatically added to the 'request' event. It returns a new web server object.

In our example we could create the server this way:

var myServer = http.createServer(function (req, res) {
  res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'application/json'});
  res.end('{ greeting: "Hello World" }');

now we have to to listen on a certain port, this is done with the listen function:

myServer.listen(1234, '')

After running this script you can point your webbrowser to “” and you get the JSON answer.

node/tutorial01.txt · Last modified: 2013/09/16 22:04 by mchristen