Create an Angular app with Azure Cosmos DB's API for MongoDB - Add CRUD functions to the app

APPLIES TO: Azure Cosmos DB API for MongoDB

This multi-part tutorial demonstrates how to create a new app written in Node.js with Express and Angular and then connect it to your Cosmos account configured with Cosmos DB's API for MongoDB. Part 6 of the tutorial builds on Part 5 and covers the following tasks:

  • Create Post, Put, and Delete functions for the hero service
  • Run the app


Before starting this part of the tutorial, ensure you've completed the steps in Part 5 of the tutorial.


This tutorial walks you through the steps to build the application step-by-step. If you want to download the finished project, you can get the completed application from the angular-cosmosdb repo on GitHub.

Add a Post function to the hero service

  1. In Visual Studio Code, open routes.js and hero.service.js side by side by pressing the Split Editor button .

    See that routes.js line 7 is calling the getHeroes function on line 5 in hero.service.js. We need to create this same pairing for the post, put, and delete functions.

    routes.js and hero.service.js in Visual Studio Code

    Let's start by coding up the hero service.

  2. Copy the following code into hero.service.js after the getHeroes function and before module.exports. This code:

    • Uses the hero model to post a new hero.
    • Checks the responses to see if there's an error and returns a status value of 500.
    function postHero(req, res) {
      const originalHero = { uid: req.body.uid, name:, saying: req.body.saying };
      const hero = new Hero(originalHero); => {
        if (checkServerError(res, error)) return;
        console.log('Hero created successfully!');
    function checkServerError(res, error) {
      if (error) {
        return error;
  3. In hero.service.js, update the module.exports to include the new postHero function.

    module.exports = {
  4. In routes.js, add a router for the post function after the get router. This router posts one hero at a time. Structuring the router file this way cleanly shows you all of the available API endpoints and leaves the real work to the hero.service.js file.'/hero', (req, res) => {
      heroService.postHero(req, res);
  5. Check that everything worked by running the app. In Visual Studio Code, save all your changes, select the Debug button on the left side, then select the Start Debugging button .

  6. Now go back to your internet browser and open the Developer tools Network tab by pressing F12 on most machines. Navigate to http://localhost:3000 to watch the calls made over the network.

    Networking tab in Chrome that shows network activity

  7. Add a new hero by selecting the Add New Hero button. Enter an ID of "999", name of "Fred", and saying of "Hello", then select Save. You should see in the Networking tab you've sent a POST request for a new hero.

    Networking tab in Chrome that shows network activity for Get and Post functions

    Now let's go back and add the Put and Delete functions to the app.

Add the Put and Delete functions

  1. In routes.js, add the put and delete routers after the post router.

    router.put('/hero/:uid', (req, res) => {
      heroService.putHero(req, res);
    router.delete('/hero/:uid', (req, res) => {
      heroService.deleteHero(req, res);
  2. Copy the following code into hero.service.js after the checkServerError function. This code:

    • Creates the put and delete functions
    • Performs a check on whether the hero was found
    • Performs error handling
    function putHero(req, res) {
      const originalHero = {
        uid: parseInt(req.params.uid, 10),
        saying: req.body.saying
      Hero.findOne({ uid: originalHero.uid }, (error, hero) => {
        if (checkServerError(res, error)) return;
        if (!checkFound(res, hero)) return;
        hero.saying = originalHero.saying; => {
          if (checkServerError(res, error)) return;
          console.log('Hero updated successfully!');
    function deleteHero(req, res) {
      const uid = parseInt(req.params.uid, 10);
      Hero.findOneAndRemove({ uid: uid })
        .then(hero => {
          if (!checkFound(res, hero)) return;
          console.log('Hero deleted successfully!');
        .catch(error => {
          if (checkServerError(res, error)) return;
    function checkFound(res, hero) {
      if (!hero) {
        res.status(404).send('Hero not found.');
      return hero;
  3. In hero.service.js, export the new modules:

     module.exports = {
  4. Now that we've updated the code, select the Restart button in Visual Studio Code.

  5. Refresh the page in your internet browser and select the Add New Hero button. Add a new hero with an ID of "9", name of "Starlord", and saying "Hi". Select the Save button to save the new hero.

  6. Now select the Starlord hero, and change the saying from "Hi" to "Bye", then select the Save button.

    You can now select the ID in the Network tab to show the payload. You can see in the payload that the saying is now set to "Bye".

    Heroes app and Networking tab showing the payload

    You can also delete one of the heroes in the UI, and see the times it takes to complete the delete operation. Try this out by selecting the "Delete" button for the hero named "Fred".

    Heroes app and the Networking tab showing the time to complete the functions

    If you refresh the page, the Network tab shows the time it takes to get the heroes. While these times are fast, a lot depends on where your data is located in the world and your ability to geo-replicate it in an area close to your users. You can find out more about geo-replication in the next, soon to be released, tutorial.

Next steps

In this part of the tutorial, you've done the following:

  • Added Post, Put, and Delete functions to the app

Check back soon for additional videos in this tutorial series.