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JavaScript Build a Simple Dynamic Site with Node.js Handling Routes in Node.js User Route

Jarett sisk
Jarett sisk
7,522 Points

I'm a little confused on why the "request.url" returns a "/". Where does this "/" come from? and why does it exist?

Just Curious. I'm not sure how it correlates with the browser URL.

2 Answers

Michael Hulet
Michael Hulet
47,909 Points

A URL is meant to correlate to a specific file/directory on a server. In fact, if there's a plain, static site at https://hulet.tech (which there is), and I request https://hulet.tech/css/home.css, my browser will go to the root directory (/) of the server located at https://hulet.tech, look in the css directory inside the root directory (/css), and look for a file called home.css inside of that css directory (/css/home.css). Likewise, if I request https://hulet.tech/resume.pdf, my browser will go look in the root directory (/) of the server located at https://hulet.tech, and it will grab a file named resume.pdf, which is inside that root directory

This is all meant to illustrate that the first / is a very important part of the URL, and it represents the root directory of the site, which all of the site's on-server resources are located in, just as it would on a normal computer's filesystem

See my response in this thread:


Let me know if this helps here