This will be multi part series for Loud with Cloud regarding Microsoft Azure

In this article we will discuss traits about Microsoft Azure Service which will help to take better decisions in terms of adopting Microsoft Azure for Enterprise

  • We will primarily focus on What is Microsoft Azure in this article
  • Prime objective is to provide pointers regarding Azure

What ?

  • Microsoft Azure can be defined as a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for creating, deploying and maintaining applications and services through Microsoft managed Datacenters. It provides services like PaaS, SaaS, IaaS and support different programming languages, tools, frameworks including Microsoft and third-party software and systems for development.
  • Lets visualize different Cloud Models as follows

Cloud Model

  • In the traditional On Premises model where the entire infrastructure is located on-premises, you have full responsibility for managing updates to operating systems, applications, network devices (routers, switches, etc.) and hardware (firmware).
  • In an IaaS scenario, you still have to manage updates for operating systems and applications; however, the entire infrastructure, operating systems and applications is managed by Microsoft. In all these models, customers are still owners of their data and are still responsible for protecting it at the end point level.
  • In a PaaS scenario, you will have even less responsibility for software updates, as update management for the operating system is Microsoft’s responsibility.
  • In a SaaS scenario, the responsibility for software updates for the entire stack is managed by Microsoft.

Azure Services

  • Currently Azure provides following services


So we have discussed What are different pointers for Microsoft Azuer

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In next article we will discuss each service in details with use cases

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  • In this article I will focus on fundamentals of Node.js platform
  • I will describe how to prepare development environment for Node.js
  • Also I will explain What is Node.js, Why Node.js and How to start with Node.js

What is Node.js ?

  • Node.js platform is built on top of Chromes Javascript runtime for easily building fast and scalable network applications using JavaScript at server side
  • Node.js is fast because its written in C language
  • It uses non-blocking event driven model with callbacks that makes it lightweight and efficient
  • Ideal for data intensive services across distributed environment
  • Following are the important pointers in Node.js
    • Events
    • Async I/O
    • Streams
    • npm
    • TCP/UDP
    • Single-Threaded
    • Cluster
  • We mainly leverage JavaScript language for client side programming in Web development; However with Node.js we can develop Server side applications with JavaScript language
  • Very important Node.js is not web framework
  • Also Node.js is not for Multi threaded applications
  • Reference :

Why Node.js ?

  • Node.js uses JavaScript as programming language so we can use existing JavaScript skills; This helps to accommodate learning curve
  • With Node.js we can write non blocking code which is ideal for data intensive tasks
  • We will get nice support from Node.js community

How Node.js ?

  • I will consider configuration of Node.js on Windows machine
  • Please browse website to download latest Node.js binaries as follows


  • Once downloaded you need to run wizard based setup to install Node.js as follows


  • Please check if Node.js installation is done please refer following steps
    • Open command prompt as follows


  • After that enter command “node” as follows then you should get console for Node.js; this means Node.js installation is done

Node 01

  •  I will also show how to check console.log to check installation of Node.js as follows

Node 02


Difference between Blocking code ( Synchronous code ) and Non-Blocking Code (Asynchronous code )

  • Its important to interpret difference between Blocking code and Non-Blocking Code to leverage Node.js
  • Please refer following example to demonstrate  Blocking code and Non-Blocking Code
    • Blocking Code
      • Read file from filesystem
      • Process and save to database
      • Next steps
    • Non-Blocking Code
      • Read file from filesystem
        • whenever process done then save to database
      • Next steps
    • Diffrence is very easy to interpret that Blocking Code means serial execution and Non-Blocking Code means parallel execution

Node.js Hello world application

  • We can use any text editor to create Node.js Hello world application
  • I have written simple http request and response Hello world application as follows


  • Code is self explanatory with comments
  • Please run Command prompt to execute above code and enter the Node.js file path as followsNodeTest
  • Now open url http://localhost:8080 in your borwser you will see following output

Node Output


I this article we have discussed what is Node.js with Hello world example

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