You should be comfortable using terminal commands on your platform and specifically installing Node.js and Node modules. Make sure you've seen the course, Up and Running with NPM, the Node Package Manager. I'm using Bootstrap in this course, so you should be somewhat comfortable with that framework. If you want to learn more about Bootstrap, then check out Bootstrap 3 Essential Training. Finally, the exercise files for this course are in a GitHub repo, so you need to be familiar with how to work with repos. A great course for that is Up and Running with Git and GitHub.
In this course, Ray Villalobos walks through the process of creating full-featured websites with these technologies. First, find out how to install each package and leverage Node.js features from within Express. Then learn how to build a basic application with templating engines like EJS; create more flexible, modular code with includes and conditional statements; build APIs to manage HTTP requests to add and delete content dynamically; and configure more complex routing. Along the way, Ray implements features like customer feedback forms and real-time live chat, so you can see exactly what Node.js and Express are capable of.
- Handling HTTP requests with Node.js and Express
- Creating and modularizing routes
- Using templates
- Building flexible views
- Creating an API route
- Dealing with POST and DELETE requests
- Creating live chat features with Socket.IO