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Complete Node.js Developer in 2023

Learn from Node.js experts. This is the only Node JS tutorial + projects course you need to learn Node, build advanced large-scale applications from scratch & get hired as a Backend Developer in 2023. Go from Zero To Node Mastery.

Last updated: February 2023

Course overview

We guarantee you that this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date Node JS tutorial + projects course that you can find. You will learn Node from scratch, build your own professional Node.js apps and get hired as a Node.js Backend Developer in 2023!

What you'll learn

  • Build enterprise-level Node applications and deploy to the cloud (AWS)
  • Lead Node JS projects by making good architecture decisions and helping others on your team
  • Work with real-life data and the SpaceX API to build a NASA launch system to discover new planets that may contain life + other projects
  • Build a MERN (MongoDb, Express, React, Node) fullstack app and deploy to production
  • Become a top 10% Node Developer by learning advanced topics most courses don't cover
  • Master the latest ecosystem of a Backend Node JS Developer from scratch
  • Learn to build secure and performant, large-scale applications like a Senior Backend Developer
  • Use Node JS to build production grade apps including REST APIs and GraphQL APIs
  • Authentication, File I/O, Databases (SQL, MongoDB), Express Framework, Sockets, plus many other important topics a Backend Developer should know
  • Load balancing, Monitoring, CI/CD, and Zero Downtime Deployment
  • Learn security best practices throughout the course so you can be confident with your deployments

This Node course is focused on efficiency. So you never have to waste your time on confusing, out-of-date, incomplete tutorials anymore.

Instead, we'll push you beyond the basics so that you can build professional, modern apps using the latest version of Node and become a Backend or Fullstack Developer.

And you'll be learning Node in good company.

By enrolling today, you’ll also get to join our exclusive live online community classroom to learn alongside thousands of students, alumni, mentors, TAs and Instructors.

Active. Thriving. Supportive. Helpful. Friendly. Motivating. Essential.

These are just a few of the words students use to describe the ZTM Discord which is also one of the biggest and most active developer communities on Discord.

Most importantly, you will be learning from industry experts (Adam and Andrei) that have actual real-world experience working with Node.js and building large-scale apps for companies in Toronto And Silicon Valley.

This project based Node course will introduce you to all of the modern toolchain of a Node JS developer in 2023.

Along the way, you will build a massive NASA Space Launch application using Node.js, Express Framework, RESTful APIs (including the SpaceX API), GraphQL, and much more.

This is a large, full-stack MERN project unlike what you will find in most Node.js tutorials online!

All code is provided step-by-step so even if you don’t like to code along, you will get access to the the full master project code so you can add your own app to your portfolio right away.

Here is what the course will cover to take you from Zero to Node Mastery

The curriculum is very hands on as we guide you from start to finish of releasing a professional (performant and secure) Node project all the way into production.

We start from the very beginning by teaching you Node basics and fundamentals.

But we don't stop there, we'll then dive into advanced topics so you can make good decisions on architecture and tools on any of your future Node.js projects.

Here's a quick look at all the topics you'll learn:

1. Foundations

  • Focus on Node internals
  • Libuv, threads, processes, event loop
  • Asynchronous programming
  • Node vs PHP vs Python
  • Observer Design Pattern
  • Event Emitters

2. Module System

  • The require Function
  • Creating Your Own Modules
  • CommonJS vs ECMAScript (ES6) modules
  • Module Caching
  • Using index.js

3. Package Management

  • NPM: The Node Package Manager
  • Creating Your Own Packages
  • Package And the NPM Registry
  • Third Party Modules
  • The node_modules Folder
  • Semantic Versioning
  • Package-lock.json And Versioning
  • Vulnerabilities in Dependencies

4. File I/O: Planets Project

  • Exploring Exoplanets With Node
  • Exploring Kepler Space Telescope Data
  • Working With Streams
  • Streaming Large Data Files
  • Parsing Our Planets Data
  • Working With CSV Files
  • Finding Habitable Planets

5. Web Servers

  • What is a Web Server?
  • HTTP Responses and Requests
  • HTTP APIs and Routing, Parameterized URLs
  • Same Origin Policy, CORS
  • Requests and Responses as Streams

6. Express.js

  • Express vs Next.js vs Koa
  • Route Parameters
  • Model View Controller (MVC) pattern
  • Postman and Insomnia
  • Development Dependencies
  • Middleware
  • Logging Middleware Example / Writing Our Own Middleware
  • POST Requests in Express
  • MVC In Express
  • Express Routers
  • RESTful APIs
  • CRUD
  • Sending Files
  • Serving Websites With Node
  • Templating Engines

7. NodeJS NASA Project

  • Architecture diagrams on LucidChart
  • GET, POST, DELETE routes
  • Serving React.js Applications in Express
  • CORS middleware
  • Models vs Controllers vs Routers
  • Loading Data On Startup
  • Automating Full Stack Applications With NPM
  • Serving React Front End (in Production)
  • Logging Requests with Morgan
  • Serving Applications With Client Side Routing
  • Building A Data Access Layer
  • Integrating with Frontend, Top Down Approach, Bottom Up Approach
  • Updating Our Architecture

8. Testing APIs

  • Unit tests vs API tests vs UI tests
  • Testing Node APIs with Jest and Supertest

9. Improving Node Performance

  • Example app which blocks event loop + real-life blocking functions
  • Node Cluster Module theory + in action
  • Clustering in the real world
  • Load balancing
  • PM2 theory + in action
  • Managing Live Clusters with PM2
  • Zero Downtime Restarts
  • Improving Performance of NASA Project
  • Stateless APIs
  • Node Worker Threads

10. Databases

  • Using MongoDB to add persistence to NASA Project
  • Big focus on NoSQL vs SQL, PostgreSQL vs MongoDB, when to use both including Trends, Object-Relational Mismatch, ACID, References, Schemas, Schema-less vs Schemas
  • MongoDB Atlas
  • Horizontally Scaling Databases
  • Mongoose
  • Mongoose Models vs MVC Models
  • ObjectIDs in MongoDB
  • Pagination
  • Choosing A Database For Our NASA API

11. Working With REST APIs

  • Demonstrate integrating with a REST API by working with SpaceX API
  • Versioning REST APIs
  • Running Search Queries
  • SpaceX Launch Data
  • Mapping API Data to Our Database
  • Using Paginated APIs
  • Adding Pagination To Our API

12. Authentication

  • Focus on Security first principles with JWT, cookies, CSRF
  • Servers with HTTPS and SSL / TLS
  • Helmet.js
  • Working With Auth0

13. Deployment and CI/CD

  • Focus on building out a simple CI pipeline for NASA Project on GitHub
  • What is CI vs CD?
  • Automated tests
  • Dynamic configuration with secrets

14. Node Production and the Cloud (AWS)

  • Deploy to production with Docker to Amazon EC2
  • Virtual Machines
  • Serverless vs Containers
  • Docker files
  • Managing Docker Containers and Images
  • Working With SSH
  • Production Deployment with PM2 and Mongo Atlas

15. GraphQL

  • GraphQL vs REST
  • Building a GraphQL API

16. Sockets (WebSockets, Socket io)

  • Sockets overview
  • Sockets vs polling
  • WebSockets (vs Socket io)
  • Socket io Client and Server APIs
  • Broadcasting Events
  • Build out Full Stack Multiplayer Pong with Sockets
  • Implementing Pong Game Logic
  • Using Socket io With Express.js
  • Namespaces and Rooms

17 - 20. Bonus Sections on Deno, Advanced Asynchronous JavaScript, SQL, and TypeScript!

This course will be constantly evolving and updating as the landscape changes.

Just as the Node ecosystem evolves, this course will also constantly evolve and be updated with new lectures and resources for you.

So you can come back to this course anytime you want to review the latest Node best practices.

What's the bottom line?

This course is not about making you just code along without understanding the principles so that when you are done with the course you don’t know what to do other than watch another tutorial... No!

This course will push you and challenge you to go from an absolute beginner in Node.js to someone that is in the top 10% of Node.js Backend Developers 💪.

How do we know?

Because thousands of Zero To Mastery graduates have gotten hired and are now working at companies like Google, Tesla, Amazon, Apple, IBM, JP Morgan, Facebook, Shopify + other top tech companies.

They come from all different backgrounds, ages, and experiences. Many even started as complete beginners.

So there's no reason it can't be you too.

And you have nothing to lose. Because you can start learning right now and if this course isn't everything you expected, we'll refund you 100% within 30 days. No hassles and no questions asked.

When's the best time to get started? Today!

There's never a bad time to learn in-demand skills. But the sooner, the better. So start learning Node today by joining the ZTM Academy. You'll have a clear roadmap to developing the skills to build your own projects, get hired, and advance your career.

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What you'll build

The best way you learn is by doing. Not just watching endless tutorials. That's why a key part of this course is the real-world projects that you'll get to build. Plus they'll look great on your portfolio.

Multiplayer Pong

Multiplayer Pong

Build a full-stack multiplayer pong game using web sockets. We'll use namespaces and rooms to allow hundreds of players to play our game in real time.

Planet Finder

Planet Finder

You'll learn how to work with the filesystem using real-life planetary data from the Kepler space telescope. We'll learn about streaming large data files and analyze where we may be able to find life in other solar systems.

NASA Mission Control

NASA Mission Control

A massive NASA Mission Control project that you'll deploy to production using Docker and AWS. You'll learn the latest best practices and techniques to build performant full-stack applications with Node, MongoDB, and data from SpaceX and NASA.

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Don't just take our word for it

Our courses and community have helped 1,000s of Zero To Mastery students go from zero to getting hired to levelling up their skills and advancing their careers to new heights.

Maurizio De Marchis

At the beginning I didn't know a single thing about Node.js, but thanks to this course I'm now able to make projects and I'm a better developer!

Maurizio De Marchis

Frank Dierolf

This is the most comprehensive course about NodeJS, by far.

Frank Dierolf

Varun Kamath

The course was absolutely incredible and has immensely helped me in expanding my NodeJS knowledge whilst learning new advanced concepts. Thank you to ZTM!

Varun Kamath

Course curriculum

To make sure this course is a good fit for you, you can start learning Node for free right now by clicking any of the PREVIEW links below.

Meet your instructors

Your Node instructors aren’t just experts with years of real-world professional experience. They have been in your shoes. They make learning fun. They make complex topics feel simple. They will motivate you. They will push you. And they go above and beyond to help you succeed.

Adam Odziemkowski

Hi, I'm Adam Odziemkowski!

Adam has been working as a senior software developer for many years and has worked for some of the top companies in the world. Adam aims to instill his students with his love for learning and development, while helping them achieve real world success.


Adam Odziemkowski

Senior Software Developer

Andrei Neagoie

Hi, I'm Andrei Neagoie!

Andrei, lead instructor of Zero To Mastery Academy, has taught more than 750,000 students worldwide how to code and get hired. ZTM grads work for world-class companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, Tesla, IBM, Facebook, Shopify and many more.


Andrei Neagoie

Senior Software Developer

Frequently asked questions

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

  • Just basic JavaScript knowledge (which you will be able to learn here)
  • You DO NOT need any prior experience with Node JS!
  • You DO NOT need any prior Backend Development knowledge!

Who is this course for?

  • Students who are interested in going beyond all of the other "beginner" Node tutorials
  • Programmers who want to learn the most in-demand skills of a Backend Developer
  • Developers that want to be in the top 10% of NodeJS developers
  • Students who want to gain experience working on large, scalable applications
  • Bootcamp or online tutorial graduates that want to go beyond the basics
  • Backend Developers who want to learn and master NodeJS
  • Frontend Developers and Web Developers who want to get into the backend development world or become Fullstack Developers
  • You want to learn from Senior Developers who actually have real-world industry experience

Do you provide a certificate of completion?

We definitely do and they are quite nice. You will also be able to add Zero To Mastery Academy to the education section of your LinkedIn profile as well.

Can I use the course projects in my portfolio?

Yes, you’d be crazy not to in our slightly biased opinion! All projects are downloadable and ready to use the minute you join.

Many of our students tell us the projects they built while following along with our courses were what got them interviews and because they built the projects themselves, they could confidently explain and walk through their work during the interview.

You know what that means? Job offer!

Can I download the videos?

Definitely. You can download any and all lessons for personal use. We do everything we can to make learning easy, fun and accessible. Whether that’s on your commute, on a flight or just when you have limited access to good WiFi.

Still have more questions about the Academy?

Still have more questions specific to the Academy membership? No problem, we answer some more here.

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