# Challenge 0: Setup your System

⏲️ Est. time to complete: 45 min. ⏲️

# Here is what you will learn 🎯

To be able to follow all the challenges provided in this workshop, you need a few prerequisites on your machine. This challenge is for setting up your system.

# Table Of Contents

  1. .NET SDK
  2. Node.js
  3. Vue.js CLI
  4. Azure CLI
  5. Visual Studio Code
  6. Azure Storage Explorer
  7. Azure Data Studio
  8. jq
  9. git Version Control


Download and install .NET Core SDK from https://dotnet.microsoft.com/download (opens new window).


📝 Choose the LTS version (currently .NET Core 3.1).


After the installation is complete, check if everything works as expected. Open a command prompt and execute the .NET CLI.

$ dotnet

Usage: dotnet [options]
Usage: dotnet [path-to-application]

  -h|--help         Display help.
  --info            Display .NET Core information.
  --list-sdks       Display the installed SDKs.
  --list-runtimes   Display the installed runtimes.

  The path to an application .dll file to execute.

$ dotnet --list-sdks
3.1.405 [C:\Program Files\dotnet\sdk]

# Node.js

Download and install Node.js from https://nodejs.org/en/download/ (opens new window)


📝 Choose the LTS version (currently Node.js 14).


After the installation is complete, check if everything works as expected. Open a command prompt and execute the following commands.

$ node --version


$ npm

Usage: npm <command>

where <command> is one of:
    access, adduser, audit, bin, bugs, c, cache, ci, cit,
    clean-install, clean-install-test, completion, config,
    create, ddp, dedupe, deprecate, dist-tag, docs, doctor,
    edit, explore, fund, get, help, help-search, hook, i, init,
    install, install-ci-test, install-test, it, link, list, ln,
    login, logout, ls, org, outdated, owner, pack, ping, prefix,
    profile, prune, publish, rb, rebuild, repo, restart, root,
    run, run-script, s, se, search, set, shrinkwrap, star,
    stars, start, stop, t, team, test, token, tst, un,
    uninstall, unpublish, unstar, up, update, v, version, view,

npm <command> -h  quick help on <command>
npm -l            display full usage info
npm help <term>   search for help on <term>
npm help npm      involved overview

# Vue CLI


We will be using VueJS as our frontend framework. Install it from the command-line via npm:

$ npm install -g @vue/cli


$ vue --version

@vue/cli 4.5.10

# Azure CLI

We will also be using the Azure command-line interface to create and interact with resources running in Azure. To install it, go to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/install-azure-cli?view=azure-cli-latest (opens new window) and choose your platform.

When finished, login to your Azure account from the command-line:

$ az login
You have logged in. Now let us find all the subscriptions to which you have access...

A browser window will open, login to Azure and go back to the command prompt. Your active subscription will be shown as JSON, e.g.:

  "cloudName": "AzureCloud",
  "id": "xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx",
  "isDefault": false,
  "name": "Your Subscription Name",
  "state": "Enabled",
  "tenantId": "xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx",
  "user": {
    "name": "xxx@example.com",
    "type": "user"


📝If you have multiple subscriptions, make sure you are working with the correct one!

$ az account show
  "cloudName": "AzureCloud",
  "id": "xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx",
  "isDefault": false,
  "name": "Your Subscription Name",
  "state": "Enabled",
  "tenantId": "xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx",
  "user": {
    "name": "xxx@example.com",
    "type": "user"

If the displayed subscription is not the correct one, follow the steps below:

$ az account list -o table
[the list of available subscriptions is printed]

$ az account set -s <SUBSCRIPTIONID_YOU_WANT_TO_USE>

# Visual Studio Code

To work with all the samples provided in this workshop, you will need an IDE. To target a wide range of developers/architects, we will be using Visual Studio Code (VS Code) as it works cross-platform. Therefore, go to https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/setup/setup-overview (opens new window) and install it on your machine.


Please do not use VSCodium. You will run into problems building/debugging some of the samples provided in this workshop.

# Useful Extensions

After the setup is complete, open Visual Studio Code and select the "Extensions" sidebar:

Visual Studio Extensions

Search and install the following extensions:


📝 The Azure Functions extension should have already been installed as part of the Azure Tools extension, but you additionally need to make sure to follow the OS-specific instructions.

# Azure Storage Explorer

In order to work with Azure Storage Accounts, we will use the Azure Storage Explorer. Go to https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/features/storage-explorer/ (opens new window), download and install the tool.

Azure Storage Explorer

Azure Storage Explorer

# Azure Data Studio

We will also work with Azure SQL Databases. You can, of course, use SQL Server Management Studio if you are on a Windows machine. If you want to work cross-platform, use Azure Data Studio.

Go to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/azure-data-studio/download-azure-data-studio (opens new window), download and install the tool.

Azure Data Studio

# jq

jq is a lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor. In some challenges we use jq to process the JSON documents that we get back from Azure CLI. To install jq go to https://stedolan.github.io/jq/download/ (opens new window) and follow the instructions.


# git Version Control

The repository is located at GitHub (opens new window), so - obviously - we will need a local git client to interact with the repository. Download and install the appropriate version of git here: https://git-scm.com/download (opens new window)


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