Exercise - Debug Node.js Express and Angular

Now it's time for you to run and debug both applications together.

Start by opening the project in Visual Studio Code.

Set the Breakpoints

You see a list of vacations displayed in the application. Then, explore the code that fetches the vacations and renders them in the browser. You'll step through the code with the debugger by setting breakpoints in the Azure Functions and Angular code.

Set a Breakpoint in the Azure Functions Code

The Angular application makes a call to the vacations endpoint in the Azure Functions API. The endpoint's route is defined in the file functions/vacations-get/index.ts. You'll set a breakpoint in this file so you can step through the code that fetches the vacations.

  1. Open functions/services/vacations.service.ts and locate the code shown below.

    async function getVacations({ req, res }: Context) {
      try {
        const vacations = data.getVacations();
      } catch (error) {
  2. Set a breakpoint by clicking in the editor's gutter to the left of the line of code try {.

The files .vscode/launch.json and .vscode/tasks.json are integral to the debugging experience for this project.

Run and Debug the Application

You've set a breakpoint in both the Angular and the Azure Functions applications. Now it's time to run and debug them together.

You're not running the functions in Azure yet. You're using the very powerful and convenient core tools to run and debug locally.

Proxy the Requests from Angular to Azure Functions

The Azure Functions API runs on port 7071. The Angular application runs on a different port, 4200. The Angular application can't make requests across the domains to the Azure Functions application. You'll proxy the calls from the Angular application to the Azure Functions application.

We'll allow the Angular application to proxy requests to the Azure Functions application using Angular's proxy.conf.json file.

  1. Open proxy.conf.json

  2. Change the port to 7071

      "/api": {
        "target": "http://localhost:7071",
        "secure": false

You just told the Angular application that it can talk to the Azure Functions application.


The Node.js Express application uses port 7070 and the Azure Functions application uses port 7071. If you were truly removing the Node.js Express application, you could keep the same port. But for educational purposes, keep them both.

Debug Both Applications

When the application launches, Angular requests the vacations data from the Node.js Express application. These two applications work together to get the data and render it in the browser.

You'll run and debug the applications together. You'll hit pause on the breakpoints, giving you the opportunity to explore how these applications work together.

  1. Open the Visual Studio Code Command Palette F1
  2. Type View: Show Run and Debug and press ENTER
  3. Select Debug Functions and Angular from the dropdown list
  4. Press F5 to start the debugger

When the application launches, it will get the list of vacations. The Angular VacationComponent will start the HTTP request to get the vacations. When the browser opens to http://localhost:7071, the code execution will pause on your first breakpoint in the vacations.component.ts file in the getVacations() function.

You can unpause execution and continue by pressing the F5.

Now the code will pause on your second breakpoint in the functions/vacations-get/index.ts file. The Node.js Express route vacations was hit by the Angular application.

Stop the Debuggers

There are two debugging processes running: one for Angular and one for Azure Functions. Stop both debuggers.

  1. Press SHIFT and F5 to stop the active debugger
  2. Press SHIFT and F5 to stop the remaining debugger

The debugger is no longer running.