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NodeJS – learnyounode

NodeJS – learnyounode

Last week we became interested in NodeJS enviroment, so one of the logical places to start is going to school, the NodeJS School.

I really want to keep it simple so the LEARNYOUNODE tutorials looks like the right thing to do, it came pretty much from ground zero to get an async-service-server.

You should know really something more than the basics of JS to get started but not a real deal breaker, new language learning curve is pretty much the same (any ecma based language should help).

So, learnyounode its really easy to install (one command line and it’s done), and its all about the console, check this screenshots:

 

So from excercise 1 to 6 it’s all about the basics, this is the solution to excercise 6:

 THE GOAL: MAKE IT MODULAR

Exercise 6 of 13 This problem is the same as the previous but introduces the concept of modules. You will need to create two files to solve this.

Create a program that prints a list of files in a given directory, filtered by t he extension of the files. The first argument is the directory name and the seco nd argument is the extension filter. Print the list of files (one file per line) to the console. You must use asynchronous I/O.

You must write a module file to do most of the work. The module must export a si ngle function that takes three arguments: the directory name, the filename exten sion string and a callback function, in that order. The filename extension argum ent must be the same as was passed to your program. i.e. don’t turn it in to a R egExp or prefix with “.” or do anything else but pass it to your module where yo u can do what you need to make your filter work.

The callback function must be called using the idiomatic node(err, data) convent ion. This convention stipulates that unless there’s an error, the first argument passed to the callback will be null, and the second will be your data. In this case the data will be your filtered list of files, as an Array. If you receive a n error, e.g. from your call to fs.readdir(), the callback must be called with the error, and only the error, as the first argument.

You must not print directly to the console from your module file, only from your original program.

In the case of an error bubbling up to your original program file, simply check for it and print an informative message to the console. These four things is the contract that your module must follow.

  • Export a single function that takes exactly the arguments described.
  • Call the callback exactly once with an error or some data as described.
  • Don’t change anything else, like global variables or stdout.
  • Handle all the errors that may occur and pass them to the callback.

The benifit of having a contract is that your module can be used by anyone who e xpects this contract. So your module could be used by anyone else who does learn younode, or the verifier, and just work.

Main Script

Module

 

Conclusions

At this point you shoud be really familiar with the code you are watching, so NodeJS is really interesting and highly recommendable for anyone, loose the fear!.

The next excercise goal is: Write a program that performs an HTTP GET request to a URL provided to you as th e first command-line argument. Write the String contents of each “data” event fr om the response to a new line on the console (stdout). We’ll leve that for another post, thanks for reading and thanks for your comments. (#WT right? I know)


 

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