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Casting and Validating GeoJSON With Archetype

October 04, 2017

GeoJSON is a powerful standard for

Managing Connections with the MongoDB Node.js Driver

September 27, 2017

Too often, MongoDB REST API developers don't think about handling database outages until they have an outage in production. Usually you can get away with this because version 2.x of the MongoDB Node.js driver does most of the work for you: it handles attempting to reconnect and can buffer operations for you so you don't get errors during a temporary outage. However, the MongoDB Node.js driver has a lot of tunable options and corresponding subtleties that you need to be aware of. In this article, I'll cover the basics of what happens when your backend MongoDB topology goes down for single server and replica sets, so you can configure the driver to do the right thing for your use case.

Queueing Function Calls with Node.js and MongoDB

September 08, 2017

You might remember locking from your undergrad systems programming class. Locks are what you use when multiple threads want to access the same chunk of memory, and you don't want one thread to clobber the other's data. You don't have threads in Node.js, but that doesn't mean you can ignore concurrency, because your Express server might get conflicting requests at roughly the same time. In this article, I'll describe how you can leverage promises and async functions to enforce the constraint that only one instance of a given function runs at a time.

Thoughts on User Passwords in REST APIs

August 11, 2017

I often get questions about how to secure user passwords in mongoose. The answer is a one-liner, but I now think there's a better answer: why do you store the user's password in the user document anyway? This may seem blasphemous given that MongoDB's "single view of the customer" use case and that denormalization is one of MongoDB's killer features. However, I've used this paradigm successfully for several projects. In this article, I'll make the case that a separate AuthenticationMethod collection is the way to go for storing password hashes in your database.

The 80/20 Guide to Express Error Handling

August 04, 2017

Express' error handling middleware is a powerful tool for consolidating your HTTP error response logic. Odds are, if you've written Express code you've written code that looks like what you see below.

The Importance of APIs in a Full Stack World

July 28, 2017