I needed a server application to handle rating individual photos for a mobile application and to calculate the overall average rating of them.

To handle this I decided to try and implement a simple node.js and redis server combination. This pairing seemed to be a good fit and it also gave me the excuse to learn something now.

Conceptual Server Application Stack

  • nginX - Revere-proxy
  • node.js - Server application logic
  • redis - Data persistence

Development Environment

  • OSX

Node.js Setup

NVM (Node Version Manager)

Install and Setup NVM

git clone git://github.com/creationix/nvm.git ~/.nvm
nvm install 0.10.12

# Add the following to you shell profile (.zshrc | .bashrc)
. ~/.nvm/nvm.sh
nvm use 0.10.12 > /dev/null

Install the supporting node modules

  • Global (npm install -g ???)
    • coffee-script
      • Allows us to write in coffee script instead of javascript
    • forever
      • Watches project file for changes and automatically restarts node server
  • Project (npm install ???)
    • async
      • Used to easily handle synchronous and asynchronous workflows and callback
    • redis
      • Node.js redis db wrapper
    • restify
      • Easily expose simple rest-base service end-points


  "name": "APOD-Server",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "APOD Server",
  "author": "Elijah Cornell <[email protected]>",
  "main": "apod-server.js",
  "dependencies": {
    "async": ">= 0.1.22",
    "redis": ">= 0.8.1",
    "restify": ">= 1.4.4"
  "engine": {
    "node": "0.10.x",
    "npm": "1.1.x"
npm install -g coffee-script
npm install -g forever
npm update

Redis Server Setup

# install redia via homebrew
brew install redis

# start cli
redis-server /usr/local/etc/redis.conf

Run Program in watch mode

forever -w -c coffee apod-server.coffee
  • GitHub

Production Environment

  • Linode
    • Debian
git clone git://github.com/creationix/nvm.git /opt/nvm
cd /opt/nvm
nvm install 0.10.12