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While we have encountered simple examples of servers handling HTTP requests, some requests require a bit more work than returning a simple string such as 'Hello World'. In real-world applications, servers are responsible for helping to persist and retrieve data, usually through interaction with a database.

Databases are remote resources to which the server must make a request. When this happens, the server making the request functions as the client, sending HTTP messages to the database server. Databases usually have their own Software Development Kits (SDKs) and Object-Relational Mapping (ORMs) that can be used to connect to them easily. But with the right information, requests could potentially be made in a raw form directly from your server using something like the HTTP .request() method.

Server to database diagram

As seen in the diagram above, a single server often does not represent the final destination in processing a request from a client. Instead, a client sends a request, which is then processed partially, generating a separate HTTP request from the server to the database. When received, the server waits for the database’s response and will ultimately relay that information as a response back to the original caller.

Instructions

1.

Take a look at the simple HTTP server to the right. The endpoint of this HTTP server will communicate with a database that will return some data back to the server. Log the data coming back from the database request in the console.

2.

Run the server using the terminal using the node command.

Check the terminal to see if the data was retrieved from the database.

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