The purpose of our initial server side CS275 assignment is two-fold:
- Set up and test your server side environment
- Get acquainted with Nodejs basics, including interactions between clients and server along with the development of a simple dynamic web service.
Part 1: Selection and Configuration of Server Side Development Environment
Nodejs installers for a variety of operating systems can be found at
Be sure to install the version specific for your operating system (Windows, Macintosh, Ubuntu, others). Although hopefully the installer will walk you through the process, issues particular to each OS can be found and resolved via a quick (Google) literature search. Feel free to share your issues and solutions on Piazza to help others!
Once the installer has been downloaded and run, it is a good idea to test the setup. Note that these installers should provide both Node and NPM.
- First, it will (likely) be necessary to restart your computer.
- Test Node – open a command line and type
This should print the version number
- Test NPM – from the command line, type npm –v
This should print NPM’s version number
- Create a simple test file (perhaps the introductory example on page 7 of the Node – Part 1 slide set) to test your environment
- Make sure an appropriate log command is included
- From the command line, type:
- You should see the content of the console.log command as output
- Part 2: Developing an Initial Web Service App
For this assignment, we will develop a client– server app to request, process and display results for a variety of simple mathematical calculations, in particular:
- Summation series (add all integers from 1 to n)
Your client side web page will need the following input elements:
- An input box to specify a value for the seed (n)
- A drop down box to enable selection of either of the 2 calculation options (please research the literature if this feature is new to you)
- A button to launch the overall process once inputs have been made
Client side processing should include the following steps:
- Read in the seed value and option and then set up the URL (use localhost:8080) along with the selected option
- Make an Ajax call :
- type = “GET”
- URL should include both the localhost front end along with a reference to the option chosen
- data ==> the seed value n (as a JSON object)
- dataType = html
- Upon a successful return, populate a div with the associated answer
- The factorial for 5 is 120.
For the server side processing:
- “require” the necessary modules – express, http, others?
- Create a pair (one for each calculation) of get actions to process each calculation option. Each will include a function with parameters (req,res) to perform the calculation and send back the result res.send(text for the result) to the client
- Make sure that your web service is set to listen for traffic on port (we’ve been using 8080).
Behaviors to include:
- Test of empty or negative values for n
- Make sure you’re loading your pages from the server and not just clicking on them to open them as files (you should type in something like http://localhost:8080/hw3.html into your browser not click on a file called hw3.html from a file explorer).
- You could first develop the client and server side independently
- Write your server-side endpoint handler functions and just test them by putting in a browser something like
- Write your client-side code so that it just “alerts” you (or prints to the console) as to what URL is constructed.
- Then ultimately integrate the two entities to complete the request / response “loop”
- To debug on the server side, include log statements as necessary
- It is necessary to “kill” the Node process after making revisions to your server script since the “old” process may still be attached to the port. Depending on your OS you might try things like:
- Task Manager
What to Submit
- A screen cast video to detailing a thorough (both client and server side) code walk through, followed by a demo of all cases (both calculations + empty and negative inputs for n)
- Your source code, well internally documented
- README file on how to run your code
- All of the above ZIPPED together and that single compressed file uploaded to BBlearn.
Grading (50) Points
- 40 points: program correctness along with adherence to the stated requirements
- 5 points: quality of internal documentation and code style
- 5 points: README file