Node.js Development Part 1 – Installing Node.js

Node.js is a very fast application platform for building network applications, it is free to use for both personal and commercial applications. A simple webserver can be written in a few simple lines of code and there are currently over 30,000 Node Package Modules to extend the core functionality.

Applications are written in JavaScript which enables deployment across a large number of platforms. Installers/binaries are available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Sun OS with source also available for download. This series of posts will be focused on the Windows platform as this is where I do a majority of my work and will include advice on using Visual Studio 2012 as a development tool.

To install node.js simply browse to:

http://nodejs.org

and click the Install button in the centre of the page. This will download the Windows x64 msi installer.

After the installer has downloaded run the msi and accept the defaults as shown below.

Setup wizard
Setup wizard
End User License Agreement
End User License Agreement
Destination Folder
Destination Folder
Custom Setup
Custom Setup
Installation
Installation
Installing
Installing
Completed
Completed

And that’s it node should now be successfully installed, the next part will cover testing the installation by setting up a Visual Studio web project and creating a basic webserver in node.js.

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