You might know the website Rotten Tomatoes where people can review movies. Well in this tutorial we are going to build Rotten Potatoes - our very own movie review website.

By finishing this tutorial you will continue to deepen your knowledge of Node.js and Express.js as well as master the internet-wide paradigms of RESTful and Resourceful routing. You will be Creating, Reading, Updating, and Deleting (CRUD) a single Review resource. You will also learn how to use a MongoDB document-based database with Express.js.

Let's jump in and bootstrap our Express.js app and add a templating engine.

Getting Started - Node.JS and npm

We're gonna jump right in to starting the new review and provide more context as new topics and concepts come up.

For reference you can look at ExpressJS's Getting Started docs

Open your computer's terminal and then...

If you don't already have Homebrew installed, install that first and then NodeJS & npm.

$ /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
$ brew install node

Whenever you see the $ in a command, that means it should be called in your computer's terminal. Remember: Don't include the $ in your command.`

Starting a Node.js & Express.js Project

Use npm to initialize a Node review.

$ mkdir rotten-potatoes
$ cd rotten-potatoes
$ npm init
# (hit enter for each option it asks for to select the default choice)

Now add Express.js and touch app.js

$ npm install express --save
$ touch app.js

And let's add some standard Express.js code to app.js

var express = require('express')
var app = express()

app.get('/', function (req, res) {
  res.send('Hello World!')

app.listen(3000, function () {
  console.log('Portfolio App listening on port 3000!')

Make sure you've installed nodemon and run your server by running nodemon.

$ npm install nodemon -g
$ nodemon app.js

You should see "Portfolio App listening on port 3000!" output in your terminal. And if you enter localhost:3000 into your browser, you should see "Hello World".

Add Handlebars.js as a Templating Engine

Now let's add our templating engine Handlebars.js so our Express.js server can render server-side HTML templates.

Instal Handlebars.js to your review.

$ npm install express-handlebars --save

Initialize Handlebars.js in your app.

// app.js
var exphbs  = require('express-handlebars');

app.engine('handlebars', exphbs({defaultLayout: 'main'}));
app.set('view engine', 'handlebars');

Create the views, layouts folders and main.handlebars and home.handlebars files.

$ mkdir views
$ cd views
$ mkdir layouts
$ touch home.handlebars
$ cd layouts
$ touch main.handlebars
$ .. # to go back up a level
$ .. # to go back up one more level to the root folder of your review

Now extend your root route to render home.handlebars.

// app.js

app.get('/', function (req, res) {
  res.render('home', {msg: 'Hello World!'});
<!-- main.handlebars -->
<!DOCTYPE html>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <title>Rotten Potatoes</title>


<!-- home.handlebars -->

Now when you visit localhost:3000 you should still see "Hello World!" but now inside an h1 tag.


If you have feedback on this tutorial or find any mistakes, please open issues on the GitHub Repository or comment below.

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