How to Create a Simple RESTful API in Node.js

How to Create a Simple RESTful API in Node.js

As I reach the end of my time as a student at Flatiron School, I can’t help but feel excited about all the doors my newfound coding skills can open. One of those doors is learning new languages and runtimes. Unfortunately, I’ve let my anticipation get the best of me by putting together this tutorial. Today, we will create a RESTful book list API (i.e. endpoints that will create a book, get/read a list of all books, get a particular book, delete a book, and update a book). I created a GitHub repo here for anyone who wants to follow along or build off of what we’ll make today. A brief guide to making a simple RESTful API in Node.js with MongoDB and Express. How to Create a Simple RESTful API in Node.js

Getting started

As I reach the end of my time as a student at Flatiron School, I can’t help but feel excited about all the doors my newfound coding skills can open. One of those doors is learning new languages and runtimes. Unfortunately, I’ve let my anticipation get the best of me by putting together this tutorial. Today, we will create a RESTful book list API (i.e. endpoints that will create a book, get/read a list of all books, get a particular book, delete a book, and update a book). I created a GitHub repo here for anyone who wants to follow along or build off of what we’ll make today.

First Steps

I presume that you already have your environment set up (i.e Node.js and MongoDB is installed).

If you’re not sure, run npm -v and mongo --version in your terminal. These commands will show you the version of NPM and MongoDB you have installed.

You likely have Node already installed on your machine, if not, follow this linkto install it.

Once you have finished installing, let’s begin our journey with the following basic steps.

Open your terminal and follow along:

  1. Create a Folder name bookListApi — mkdir bookListApi
  2. Navigate to the root of your newly created folder — cd bookListApi
  3. Create a package.json file — npm init

Package.json is a file that gives the necessary information to npm which allows it to identify the project as well as handle the project's dependencies.

npm init will prompt you to enter some information such as the app name, description, version, author, and keyword.

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