Building node.js applications on windows azure

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  • cd C:\\SAUG New-AzureServiceDebugDemoAdd-AzureNodeWebRole-- edit the fileStart-AzureEmulator -launch-- add breakpointhttp://127.0.0.1:81/server.js/debug/http://127.0.0.1:81http://127.0.0.1:81/server.js/kill
  • Building node.js applications on windows azure

    1. 1. Building Node.js applications on Windows AzureAidan Casey
    2. 2. About me• solutions architect at MYOB• born in Dublin Ireland, living in Australia since 2006• 16 years development experience working with Microsoft technologies• currently working on a cloud platform for the next generation of MYOB’s accounting products – (C#.NET ,WCF, REST, SQL Server, .NET 4.0) aidancasey@gmail.com @AIDANJCASEY git@github.com:aidancasey
    3. 3. Agenda• Introduction to node.js• Review tooling, Azure SDK and development experience• Build and deploy a chat room application using Windows Azure SDK for Node.js• When should I use it?
    4. 4. What is node.js?• Server side technology for building scalable network programs.• Executes server side JavaScript code using Googles V8 JavaScript engine• Asynchronous non-blocking programming model.• Highly scalable
    5. 5. Timeline July 2011 Nov 2011 Windows Azure Nov 2010 LinkedIn adopts support Cloud9IDE node for mobile launches platform EBay releases API built on node port to WindowsJan 2009 April 2010 Feb 2012Created Ryan Dahl Cloud9IDE azure Heroku launches IISNode App Harbour support node support support 2009 2010 2011 2012 Oct 2011 node.js July 2010 overtakes Ruby as Yammer adopts most popular node.js repo on gitHub Walmart Launch mobile site on node.js
    6. 6. Event Loop Processing Explained
    7. 7. Traditional Web server synchronous I/O modelRequest 1001 Request 1 Web Server (with 1000 threads)Request 1002 thread 1 processes the request and blocks till completionRequest 1003 Response 1 Request 1000 thread 1000 processes the request Requests queue up and blocks till completion as blocked threads Response 1000 wait on server
    8. 8. Single threaded event loop model Web Server Request 1 Request 99999 Single threaded event Loop Response 5 • Listen for requests Response 1 • starts any I/O operations by specifying a call back to execute Response 99999 on completion • Continue to listen for requests“With node.js everything runs in parallelExcept your code ! ”
    9. 9. Don’t Block! Since the event loop runs on a single thread you must avoid blocking calls at all times. Blocking code blocks everything!Blocking code….Non-blocking code…
    10. 10. Demo : build a http webserver in 6lines of code!
    11. 11. Debugging Node Appsconsole.log(“my debug message”)Node Inspector (Chrome/Safari/FireFox)
    12. 12. Demo : Cloud9IDE http://c9.io/
    13. 13. Node Package Manager• NPM registry contains over 8000 open source packages• Packages are easily installed from command line tool (node package manger)• Not all packages are cross platform (some target O/S specific features)• Beware of dependency hell !Popular packages include…Express (web dev framework), Socket.IO (real-timecomms), Jade (templating engine), OAuth, Node-Static (servesstatic content)
    14. 14. Windows Azure SDK for Node.js NPM for Node.js IISNode WIndows Azure Azure PowerShell Emulator cmdlets
    15. 15. Windows Azure SDK for Node.js• Really easy to deploy (locally / cloud) using PowerShell cmdlets• Azure package gives access to – blob service, table service, queue service, service bus …• Currently you can’t deploy multiple node apps to the same instance • You need to push up the source code for all packages you use• Debugging supported via IISNode & node Inspector
    16. 16. Deep dive: Building a real-time ChatRoom with Node.js , Sockets.io andKnockout.js http://saugnodechatapp.cloudapp.net/
    17. 17. When should I use it?chat / messaging type appsreal time apps ( stocks / ticker tape)highly concurrentsingle page apps with lots of asynchronous calls (Gmail etc.)good for serving lots of dynamic contentSuits small development teamsapplications that have a lot of concurrent connections and each request only needs very few CPU cycles

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