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What Is Node.js? for Drupal 7

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This series is about integrating Node.js with Drupal 7 using the Node.js Integration contributed module on The Node.js Integration project contains a number of submodules, and a separate Node.js application written in Javascript, that uses the Express,, and Request packages.

Node.js is really fantastic for real time communications, something that Drupal is not particularly good at, out-of-the-box. The Drupal Node.js Integration module brings a host of real time capabilities and a client for your site to enable notifications when a variety of events occur, so your users can receive overlay notifications directly in their browser without page reloads!

In this series we'll cover:

This series is a walk-through of how to get Node.js installed in your system, and how to install and configure the Node.js Drupal module, as well as a look at the related submodules. We'll install a different module that's dependent on the Node.js Drupal module. With this, you'll see how dependencies work in the context of the Node.js Drupal module's Node.js application's configuration.

Now, this series is not for the faint of heart. You'll need some Drupal administration knowledge, installing and configuring modules. We shall also be wildly typing things at the command line, so if you have some experience with command line use, that will definitely be helpful!

If you want to take your learning further, look for the self-check questions in the description for each tutorial in this series. These questions are presented to help you make sure you’re understanding the material, and to encourage you to explore how what you've just learned could apply to your own use case.

If you want to integrate Node.js and Drupal 7 so you can provide real time update notifications on your site, as well as a number of other real time communication options, this series is for you!

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