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Getting Started with MongoDB Atlas and Azure Functions using .NET and C#

So you need to build an application with minimal operating costs that can also scale to meet the growing demand of your business. This is a perfect scenario for a serverless function, like those built with Azure Functions. With serverless functions you can focus more on the application and less on the infrastructure and operations side of things. However, what happens when you need to include a database in the mix?

In this tutorial we’ll explore how to create a serverless function with Azure Functions and the .NET runtime to interact with MongoDB Atlas. If you’re not familiar with MongoDB, it offers a flexible data model that can be used for a variety of use cases while being integrated into most application development stacks with ease. Scaling your MongoDB database and Azure Functions to meet demand is easy, making them a perfect match.

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Interact with MongoDB in an AWS Lambda Function Using Go

If you’re a Go developer and you’re looking to go serverless, AWS Lambda is a solid choice that will get you up and running in no time. But what happens when you need to connect to your database? With serverless functions, also known as functions as a service (FaaS), you can never be sure about the uptime of your function or how it has chosen to scale automatically with demand. For this reason, concurrent connections to your database, which aren’t infinite, happen a little differently. In other words, we want to be efficient in how connections and interactions to the database are made.

In this tutorial we’ll see how to create a serverless function using the Go programming language and that function will connect to and query MongoDB Atlas in an efficient manner.

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Listen for SIGINT and SIGTERM Events in a ZX Script

Have you ever needed to handle signal events within your ZX script? For example, what happens if you need to handle a graceful shutdown of your long-running or infinite-running script? Or what happens when the user forcefully stops the script?

These signal events are typically “SIGTERM”, “SIGINT”, and similar events. When using a script language like Bash, these events are most commonly captured with trap commands, but what happens when we’re using ZX?

In this tutorial we’ll explore how to use simple JavaScript to capture signal events in a modern ZX script.

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Getting Started with MongoDB Atlas and Azure Functions using Node.js

So you’re building serverless applications with Microsoft Azure Functions, but you need to persist data to a database. What do you do about controlling the number of concurrent connections to your database from the function? What happens if the function currently connected to your database shuts down or a new instance comes online to scale with demand?

The concept of serverless in general, whether that be through a function or database, is great because it is designed for the modern application. Applications that scale on-demand reduce the maintenance overhead and applications that are pay as you go reduce unnecessary costs.

In this tutorial, we’re going to see just how easy it is to interact with MongoDB Atlas using Azure functions. If you’re not familiar with MongoDB, it offers a flexible document model that can be used to model your data for a variety of use cases and is easily integrated into most application development stacks. On top of the document model, MongoDB Atlas makes it just as easy to scale your database to meet demand as it does your Azure Function.

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Build a Totally Serverless REST API with MongoDB Atlas

So you want to build a REST API, but you don’t want to worry about the management burden when it comes to scaling it to meet the demand of your users. Or maybe you know your API will experience more burst usage than constant demand and you’d like to reduce your infrastructure costs.

These are two great scenarios where a serverless architecture could benefit your API development. However, did you know that the serverless architecture doesn’t stop at just the API level? You could make use of a serverless database in addition to the application layer and reap the benefits of going totally serverless.

In this tutorial, we’ll see how to go totally serverless in our application and data development using a MongoDB Atlas serverless instance as well as Atlas HTTPS endpoints for our application.

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Developing Your Applications More Efficiently with MongoDB Atlas Serverless Instances

If you’re a developer, worrying about your database is not necessarily something you want to do. You likely don’t want to spend your time provisioning or sizing clusters as the demand of your application changes. You probably also don’t want to worry about breaking the bank if you’ve scaled something incorrectly.

With MongoDB Atlas, you have a few deployment options to choose from when it comes to your database. While you could choose a pre-provisioned shared or dedicated cluster, you’re still stuck having to size and estimate the database resources you will need and subsequently managing your cluster capacity to best fit demand. While a pre-provisioned cluster isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it might not make sense if your development becomes idle or you’re expecting frequent periods of growth or decline. Instead, you can opt for a serverless instance to help remove the capacity management burden and free up time to dedicate to writing code. Serverless instances provide an on-demand database endpoint for your application that will automatically scale up and down to zero with application demand and only charge you based on your usage.

In this short and sweet tutorial, we’ll see how easy it is to get started with a MongoDB Atlas serverless instance and how to begin to develop an application against it.

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Randomizing MongoDB Document Fields on a Repeating Timer with Node.js

About a year ago I created a game with MongoDB and Unity and wrote about it in a previous tutorial. The idea was to demonstrate how features within the game could be synchronized to each player in near real-time. At the time, synchronization happened through a web dashboard where the player could select features to sync and they would then sync to the game client, wherever in the world it might be.

Recently, the game was adopted to be a demo at several conferences. The problem was that switching between the game and the web dashboard to demonstrate features being synchronized was a hassle. As a result, I decided to write a script that did this automatically on a timer.

In this quick tutorial, we’re going to see how to update documents within MongoDB on a timer, something that might be useful to you for demos and other potential use-cases.

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