Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Getting Started with Azure, Node.js, and FogJS on Windows

About a month ago I introduced FogJS. On the main FogJS site, there are a couple of code examples that you can use to quickly start interacting with Blob Storage, Table Storage, or the Azure Service Bus. However, if you're new to using Azure from Node.js, then you may be wondering what other steps need to be done to get a dev environment up and running. While you can glean the steps by reading various How-To Guides provided on the Azure site, it can sometimes be helpful to have the process described in a slightly different way. In this post, I'll show you how to quickly get a Windows machine setup to interact with Emulator Table Storage using FogJS. I'll follow a similar structure as the Node.js Getting Started Guide and a few of the steps between this post and that guide overlap. Some of the key differences include the use of a WorkerRole rather than a WebRole, the use of the emulator, and of course the use of FogJS.

Setting up Your Windows Machine:

1. Install Node.js from http://nodejs.org/.
2. Install the Windows Azure SDK for Node.js (this may require a reboot).
3. Open a PowerShell command prompt and navigate to the parent location at which you wish to create a project. I'll use c:\Temp for this example.

4. Run the following command to create a couple of starter files for your project (note: FogJSExample should be replaced with the name of the project that you wish to create).

New-AzureServiceProject FogJSExample

6. Navigate to the FogJSExample directory and install FogJS with the command:

npm install fogjs

5. Create a worker role with the following command (note: TableStorageWorker should be replaced with the name of the worker that you wish to create).

Add-AzureNodeWorkerRole TableStorageWorker

7. Navigate to the TableStorageWorker directory, edit the server.js file, and replace the text within it with the following:

8. Set your environment to use the Azure Storage Emulator for Table Storage with the following command (note: You can verify that this command is set with the command ls env:EMULATED).

$env:EMULATED = "true"

9. Run the following command to start the Azure Emulator (note: The emulator does not support Service Bus interaction. For working with Azure Service Bus, you will need to setup environment variables as defined here).


10. Open a browser and navigate to http://localhost:81. This will cause a request to go to your Node service. When that request is received, a record is created in Table storage, then retrieved and used to populate the output that will be displayed, and finally deleted.

That's all there is to it. You can find the source for FogJS on my GitHub.

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