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About this Book
If your website is a jumpy collection of linked pages, you are behind. Single page web applications are your next step: pushing UI rendering and business logic to the browser and communicating with the server only to synchronize data, they provide a smooth user experience, much like a native application. But, SPAs can be hard to develop, manage, and test.
This book assumes basic knowledge of web development. No experience with SPAs is required.
Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.
- Design, build, and test a full-stack SPA
- Best-in-class tools like jQuery, TaffyDB, Node.js, and MongoDB
- Real-time web with web sockets and Socket.IO
- Touch controls for tablets and smartphones
- Common SPA design mistakes
About the Authors
The authors are architects and engineering managers. Michael Mikowski has worked on many commercial SPAs and a platform that processes over 100 billion requests per year. Josh Powell has built some of the most heavily trafficked sites on the web.
Table of Contents
PART 1: INTRODUCING SPAS
- Our first single page application
PART 2: SPA CLIENT
- Develop the Shell
- Add feature modules
- Build the Model
- Finish the Model and Data modules
PART 3: THE SPA SERVER
- The web server
- The server database
- Readying our SPA for production
Code for most web sites mostly runs on the server. When a user clicks on a link, the site reacts slowly because the browser sends information to the server and the server sends it back again before displaying the results. With near universal availability of capable browsers and powerful hardware, the single page web application (SPA) pushes most of the code to the browser, giving users immediate results, whether they're surfing at their desk or using a phone app.
Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.
About the Author
is a UI architect and product designer. He created his first SPA out of necessity for the US and European AMD shopping sites in 2007 and has been hooked on SPA's ever since. He is currently working on his fifth commercial SPA, this time for desktop and multi-touch mobile devices using jQuery, SVG, Backbone, Node.js, MongoDB, and a number of his own jQuery plugins. Previously he was a back-end development manager responsible for high volume, high performance clusters serving billions of advertising impressions per week. He has developed notable applications for 3D rendering, music composition and numerical analysis; and is an award-winning and degreed Industrial Designer.
Josh Powell has created high performance, interactive sites for entertainment giants like Harry Potter, 007, Lord of the Rings, Batman, The Godfather, and The Simpsons. He also did a tour building "Smart Grid" projects at utility companies like PG&E.