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Node - 3

Learning Objectives#

By the end of this lesson trainees should be able to:

  • Process an PUT request using Express and Node to update data in memory
  • Upload their node app to the internet so it can be accessed anywhere using Heroku

1) Presentations#

As part of last weeks homework we asked you to prepare a very short presentation on what you learnt last week.

Split into groups of 2-4 people and present what you have learnt. Remember, your whole presentation should be no more than 120 seconds!

2) CRUD Review#

So what will we build? we will build a CRUD API. CRUD stands for Create, Retrieve, Update, Delete. If you think about it, this is what most applications do:

  • Create some "resources"
  • Retrieve them (GET them)
  • Update them
  • Delete them

Which of these have we learnt so far?

2.1) Using Update#

This is an Teacher led exercise which can be used to show how we might retrieve an element by ID using a GET request.

Teacher-Led Live Coding


Change a quote API server to allow updating a quote according to the given ID.

The route should use the HTTP method PUT and should use the URL:


You should use the starting project: cyf-quotes-id-start. This is because this project has quotes with IDs.

When you remix the starting project, immediately rename it as your own.

2.2 Workshop: Updating Data#

Lets look back at our original objectives.

PUT /albums/:albumId should update the album (that matches the passed albumId)

This means that PUT /albums/2 should update an album with the id 2 and return 200 with JSON { success: true } to the user.

The code will look like this

// notice .put
app.put("/albums/:albumID", function (req, res) {
console.log("PUT /albums route");

Remember, you have got to update the album, not add it to the list

3) Heroku#

We use can use Heroku to host our APIs online (similar in the way you might have used Netlify in the past).

This can be a little tricky however the documentation is good.


Work in pairs and with Teaching Assistants to get your homework from the previous two weeks working online.

You should complete all of the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Set up
  • Deploy the app
  • View logs
  • Define a Procfile
  • Run the app locally

Now when you use

git push heroku master

After making a commit your updated website with my made available online.

4) City Guide and Paired Programming#


For this exercises you should split into groups of two or three people.

This challenge should be completed in a Pair Programming style.

You can find the challenge here.


  1. One of you will be leading on building the React (Client) application
  2. One of you will be leading on building the Node.js (Node) Application
  3. It is very important that you do not move onto the next level of the challenge until both of you have completed the level.
    • e.g. Both of you have to finish Level 100 before continuing onto Level 200.
    • If one of you gets stuck - help each other!


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