Command line tools are one of the most popular applications we have today. We use command line tools every day, and they range from git, npm or yarn. Command line tools are very fast and useful for automating applications and workflows.
We will be building a command line tool with Node.js and Fauna for our database in this post. In addition, we will be creating a random quotes application using Node.js, and add permission and a keyword for our app.
To take full advantage of this tutorial, make sure you have the following installed on your local development environment:
Getting Started with Fauna
Register a new account using email credentials or a GitHub account. You can register a new account here. Once you have created a new account or signed in, you are going to be welcomed by the dashboard screen:
Creating a New Fauna Instance
To create a new database instance using Fauna services, you have to follow some simple steps. On the dashboard screen, press the button New Database:
Next, enter the name of the database and save. Once a database instance is set up, you are ready to access the key. Use access keys to connect authorization and a connection to the database from a single-page application. To create your access key, navigate to the side menu, and go to the Security tab and click on the New Key button.
Creating a Collection
Navigate to your dashboard, click on the Collections tab from the side menu, press the New Collection, button, input your desired name for the new collection, and save.
To complete setup, create indexes for our application. Indexes are essential because searching documents are done using indexes in Fauna by matching the user input against the tern field. Create an index by navigating to the Indexes tab of our Fauna dashboard.
Now, we are ready to build our notes command-line application using Node.js and our database.
Initializing a Node.js App and Installing Dependencies
This section will initialize a Node.js application and install the dependencies we need using the NPM package. We are also going to build a simple quotes application from this link.
To get started, let’s create a folder for our application inside the project folder using the code block below on our terminal:
In the code block above, we created a new directory, navigated into the directory, and created a new file called quotes_app, and ended by initializing the npm dependencies. Next, add a package to make requests to the quotes server using axios.
Add a package for coloring our texts, chalk is an NPM package that helps us add color to print on the terminal. To add chalk, use the code block below
npm i chalk Let’s also import a dotenv package using the code block:
Building the Quotes App
In our quotes_app file, let’s add the code block below
In the code block above, we imported axios, chalk, and dotenv. We added the URL of our database, our Fauna database, and using axios, we made a GET request to the URL and added headers to enable us to get our response in json.
Before we run, let’s change the permissions on our file using the code below:
Next, run the application using our keyword below:
We should get a result similar to the image below
In this article, we learned more about Fauna and Node.js command-line tools. You can extend the application to be able to add date reminders in real-time.
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