Znode Platform Introduction

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Znode is a .NET platform composed of 3 separate ASP.NET web applications hosted by IIS.

Technology Stack

All application code (excluding the UI) is written in C#.

Frontend

The Znode frontend consists of two separate MVC applications, the Admin UI and the WebStore.

  • ASP.NET C# MVC

  • Razor view templates

  • Primarily server-side rendered pages

  • Ajax data interactions

  • Acts as API Gateway

Backend

The Znode backend is a single WebAPI application, known in the code, simply as the API.

  • ASP.NET C# WebApi

  • API resources = Controller classes

  • API endpoints = Controller methods

  • Entity Framework for easy SQL DB CRUD

  • Autofac for dependency injection

Data

Znode persists data to 3 types of database systems, SQL Server, MongoDB, and Elasticsearch.

  • SQL Server

    • Normalized system of record for everything

    • Contains source data to recreate MongoDB and Elasticsearch data

  • MongoDB

    • Stores denormalized products and content for speed and scale

  • Elasticsearch

    • Supports product search

Deployment Architecture

This diagram shows what a typical Znode deployment looks like.

Diagram


Logical Architecture

This diagram shows a different view of the system, emphasizing the strict layering of responsibilities.

Diagram


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