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React JS is a semi-new open source JavaScript rendering library that came out of a collaboration between the Instagram and Facebook engineering teams.  React was created as better a way to approach complex user interfaces where the traditional MVC approach was just not sustainable anymore.  Implementing React components and Flux style data patterns attempts to solves these complex issue by providing modularity between user interface components and a one-way flow of data on the client side instead of always interacting with the server, as is done in an MVC approach.

In the last couple of years I have been involved with a lot projects all with the same type of scenario, there is a server housing a content management system or a database, a remote mobile application that reads data from the server,  and usually a web application for anonymous and authenticated web traffic.  Projects like this are extremely interesting, but can get very complicated in a hurry as the project evolves and features are added on either the web side or the mobile application side.

In part one of this post I explained the need to have a content management system detached from the web service.  In part two of this post I explained how to sync the data from Drupal to MongoDB and sync it in a way that left Node.js to just read the data and serve it.  So now in part three of this post the only thing left to do is build the web service to serve the read-only data on.

In part one of this post I explained the need to have a content management system that was detached from the web service.  In explaining this need I also described how I am going to use Drupal for the CMS, MongoDB for the secondary data store, and Node.js as the web service platform.  Now it is time time for the fun part, setting up our integration!  In this post I will demonstrate how to take your existing Drupal CMS and integrate it with MongoDB to take the first step in building out data for your web service.

Over the last couple of months I have been struggling with an idea that involved using Drupal as the content management system and the web service for an application that I am currently building in iOS and Android.  The reason I am struggling with this idea is because I am using Drupal 7 and Drupal 7 was not intended to serve data to a web service, but rather to serve web pages.