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Node.js is an open source runtime environment for server-side and network based applications.  Node.js contains all the components needed to build a functioning website.  But, you need to think of Node.js as a big tool box.  As with any other art form, going to the tool box over and over to perform the same task is not productive.  The concept of tool reuse is used in all forms of artistry and development is no exception. What Is a Web Framework In general, frameworks are code libraries that are created to save people a lot of time and unnecessary work for repetitive tasks.  A framework is a universal environment that has several key features that distinguish it from a regular library: Inversion of control - The control flow of the application is dictated by the framework, not the code using the framework. Default behavior - Provide a default set of behaviors yieldi... (more)

Node.js ABCs - L Is for Loading | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

One of the great benefits of utilizing a language like Node.js is the wide assortment of 3rd party modules that are at your disposal.  From calculating the validity of credit card numbers, to managing network connections, the Node Package Manager (npm) repository has hundreds of thousands of packages available to you.  This article will explain how you can load modules into your project. Loading and Referencing a Module In Node.js, modules are accessed either by their name or the file path on the system.  Non-system modules referenced by name will eventually be mapped into a fil... (more)

Unix To PowerShell - Find

PowerShell is definitely gaining momentum in the windows scripting world but I still hear folks wanting to rely on Unix based tools to get their job done.  In this series of posts I’m going to look at converting some of the more popular Unix based tools to PowerShell. find The Unix “find” command searches through one or more directory trees of a file system, locating files based on some user specific criteria.  By default, find returns all files below the current working directory.  It also allows you to perform an action to be taken on each matched file. In my PowerShell script ... (more)

Introducing AskBing The PowerShell Bing Twitter Proxy

Last week I posted a PowerShell function library for Microsoft’s newly introduced search engine at Bing.com.  The function library was appropriately named PoshBing. There was a log of interest in the script so I quickly moved it off my blog and onto a CodePlex project under PoshBing. Working on the command line is fun and all, but since I spend a good portion of my time accessing my twitter account, I figured it would be a bit of fun to integrate it with my previously released PoshTweet PowerShell twitter library. So, after an hour or so of coding it up and creating the @askbing ... (more)

Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 1

Articles in this series: Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Overview, Installation, and Configuration In my first article in this series, I talked about the PRTG Network Monitor from Paessler and how we decided to use it for our DevCentral migration from our IT datacenter into a cloud provider.  In this article, I’m going to talk about the core of PRTG’s monitoring: it’s sensors. What is a Sensor? As the PRTG folks state: A sensor is the “heart” of the PRTG installation.  In it’s essence, a sensor is the term PRTG uses for a monitor.  When you t... (more)