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Hi, my name is Marco. Working as a Senior Software Architect at Philips. This blog is statically generated using Next.js.

I wrote my first blog March 2011. Mostly I'm writing on software development. In total I wrote 71 articles in 7 categories. Use search below to filter by title or click a category or tag to filter by tag or category.

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Automate your development tasks using Grunt

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Grunt is an extremely useful Node.js package to automate lots of development and continuous integration tasks. The Grunt eco-system has lots of packages available on npm. This enables us to quickly setup our development/continuous integration environment. Grunt tasks mostly have two required properties. An files array, which is used to configure on what files the tasks is executed, and an options property which configures some task specific settings. The files array supports the globbing and mi…

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npm tips and tricks

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In my previous post I showed you how easily you can create a simple webserver using Node.js. In this post I want to show you how to make more advanced usage of node package manager. npm init Using node package manager you can get an even quicker start of your project by using the npm init command. So let's get started by opening a command prompt (on windows open the Node.js command prompt). Then create a new folder and navigate into this newly created folder. In the folder execute following co…

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Starting with a Node.js webserver

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UPDATE: updated the console output to latest Node.js version and updated the express.js example to latest version. Before starting to explain how you start your first Node.js project for building a simple web server I will first explain you what Node.js is. To do so I just include a quote of the Node.js themself, because I don't like to reinvent the wheel. Node.js is a platform built on Chrome's JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-d…