Creating an HTTP Server in NodeJS

30 minutes
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

In this lab we will be using a server that has Node.js installed, and we will be setting up a basic web server on it using the HTTP module. This will present us the opportunity to put into practice our knowledge of Node.js. Once the lab requirements are completed, and if you have some spare time, experiment and see what else you can do beyond the basics. This lab has some additional time allotted for that purpose.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Using SSH, Log into the Provided Server on the Server’s Public IP Address

In the lab information is the public IP address of the server. You will need to log in using the cloud_user credentials that are provided.

Create a .js File That Can Be Used to Instantiate an HTTP Server

Use the text editor of your choice to create a file that Node.js can understand, which uses the HTTP module to create a web server listening on port 8080, and that serves the required text.

Start the Node Server and Validate Using a Browser

Issue the node command with the file as an argument, and then open a browser to the server’s public IP address on port 8080. Ensure that the proper text is displayed.

Additional Resources

You are going to interview for an entry-level developer position, and in the interview you are provided with a CentOS server with Node.js installed. You are asked to create a basic web server listening on port 8080 that presents the message node web server in a browser window.

You will need to:

  • Create a file that can be interpreted by Node.js
  • This file should load the required modules for an HTTP server
  • The server should be listening on port 8080 on the public IP
  • A browser that loads the page should show the text node web server

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