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Build a REST API with node.js, ExpressJS, and MongoDB

Learn all you need to build a powerful NodeJS based API server quickly and efficiently
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This course is designed to help you get off the ground building a REST API in NodeJS that you can use for your web or mobile application. This course will provide you with the tools and understanding of how to go about building an API server, accessing and manipulating data via this API. The database will be a MongoDB instance and you will be utilizing NodeJS to commnicate with that database and the client using the ExpressJS framework. This API will be able to serve data to web clients as well as mobile applications.

If you want to learn how to leverage the power of NodeJS and build a powerful API for your application you should take this course. The material will be covered in a manner that flows with how you would create an application in the wild so you can train your thought process to build your next great app.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for a developer wishing to create an API that will be accessible for either mobile or web based clients. The student should have some knowledge of JavaScript and programming basics as the course does kick off to quickly develop a well-defined API in a short amount of time.
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What Will I Learn?
Build a REST API with node
Understand expressjs
Use a MongoDB Database
use this API for web or mobile development
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  • Some JavaScript or coding familiarity
  • Knowledge of basic HTTP protocols for building REST APIs
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 19 Lectures Collapse All 19 Lectures 01:28:41
Getting Started
3 Lectures 07:14

This lecture you will learn what to expect, what tools we'll be using to build our node.js API and how to move on from here.

Preview 02:18

Creating a MongoDB Database
2 Lectures 02:36
Building the API
14 Lectures 01:18:51

In this lecture you will include the dependencies to parse the body of a POST request and hash a password. You will then create a new database configuration file.

Create a database configuration

In this lecture you will connect to your MongoDB instance using your database configuration file that you just created. You will then create a users route that will include the expressjs router. In the next lecture you will continue to build upon this route.

Connecting to MongoDB

In this lecture you will create a userschema and model using mongoose. This is what will communicate with MongoDB and allow you to efficiently create and find users.

Creating a User Schema and Model

Making a Users POST Route to create users

Testing your users route

Adding Response Headers to the API

Adding sessionTokens to authenticated user requests

Add a login route and sessions

Add a workout definition model and schema

Add routes for CRUD operations on workout definition

Testing your existing routes

Create a Log Model and Schema

Create Logs Route
About the Instructor
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Software Engineer, Author Intro. to React & Node.js Recipes

I am a software engineer with over a decade of experience programming. As a college student I worked in a nanophysics lab writing image analysis software. I have since worked for several companies ranging from government consulting to Medical Billing software utilizing a large variety of technologies. I am passionate about code and programming, and have a special place in my heart for JavaScript. I contribute to open source as a member of the jQuery Mobile Team. I have experience speaking internationally about technology topics. I have written the books "Nodejs Recipes" and "Introduction to React", both published by Apress.

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