Using Structured Data with Node.js

On this page of the Node.js Bookshelf tutorial, you choose a database for storing structured data. The Bookshelf sample app uses a structured data model for storing information about books. You can explore the sample by using one of two different backing databases: Google Cloud SQL or Google Cloud Datastore.

This page is part of a multi-page tutorial. To start from the beginning and see instructions for setting up, go to Node.js Bookshelf App.

To get started with the Bookshelf tutorial, choose one of the following options:

Database Why use this? Configuration
Google Cloud Datastore
Managed NoSQL database
Use Cloud Datastore >
Choose this option if you want a zero-configuration, fully-managed, highly-scalable, non-relational database.


  • Automatically scales based on your application's users and traffic, so you don't have to worry about provisioning or load anticipation.
  • Query your data with SQL-like queries that supports filtering and sorting.
No additional configuration needed.
Google Cloud SQL
Managed MySQL
Use Cloud SQL >
Choose this option if you're familiar with MySQL or if you are interested in a managed relational database.


  • Create and configure your databases. Cloud SQL handles all other management tasks such as replication and patch management.
  • Access your data in Cloud SQL databases using all the tools and applications already built for MySQL.
  • Use your favorite MySQL tools and apps because Cloud SQL is MySQL in the cloud.
Create a Cloud SQL instance and configure access.

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