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JavaScript Node.js Basics 2017 Handling Errors in Node Organizing Your Code with require

Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 11,755 Points

module.exports and require clarification

So when the instructor does module.exports.get = get is the same as module.exports = get and then in the file that we require it we do const get = require("./profile")?

1 Answer

Michael Hulet
Michael Hulet
47,912 Points

Setting get to be exported like this:

module.exports.get = get;

will make it so that whenever another file requires this one, they'll have to call .get on the object they're importing to access the get function, like this:

const profile = require("./profile.js");


However, setting module.exports to be get directly like this:

module.exports = get;

will cause the object that require returns to just be the get function itself, so whenever another file requires this one, they'd use the get function like this:

const get = require("./profile.js");