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JavaScript Node.js Basics (2014) Building a Command Line Application Getting the Response Body

Jeffrey Davidson
Jeffrey Davidson
26,147 Points

Nodejs Basics - Profile (Moved Permanately)

I'm trying to figure out with the my code why I would be getting the following error when I run node in the console.

There was an error getting the profile for jeffreydavidson. (Moved Permanently)

My profile json response works just fine.


//Problem: We need a simple way to look at a user's badge count and Javascript points
//Solution: Use Node.js to connect to Treehouse's API to get profile information to print out
var http = require("http");
var username = "jeffreydavidson";

//Print out message
function printMessage(username, badgeCount, points) {
    var message = username + " has " + badgeCount + " total badge(s) and " + points + " points in Javascript";

//Print out error messages
function printError(error) {

//Connect to API URL (https://teamtreehouse.com/username.json)
var request = http.get("http://teamtreehouse.com/" + username + ".json", function(response) {
    var body = "";
    //Read the data
    response.on('data', function(chunk) {
        body += chunk;
    response.on('end', function() {
        if(response.statusCode == 200){
            try {
                var profile = JSON.parse(body);
                printMessage(username, profile.badges.length, profile.points.Javascript);
            } catch(error) {
                //Parse Error
        } else {
            //Status Code Error
            printError({message: "There was an error getting the profile for " + username +".  (" + http.STATUS_CODES[response.statusCode] + ")"});
    //Parse the data
    //Print the data

//Connection Error
request.on('error', printError);

1 Answer

Sean T. Unwin
Sean T. Unwin
28,688 Points
var http = require("http");
// with
var https = require("https");

-- Add an 's' to 'http'. Then update all references to the http variable to https. Such as in the var request line.

As to the reason why, please see the Teacher's Notes for the lesson - Making a GET Request with http

Jeffrey Davidson
Jeffrey Davidson
26,147 Points

I guess I'm not understanding because the code is the same as the video so it should work.

Sean T. Unwin
Sean T. Unwin
28,688 Points

It is because teamtreehouse.com switched to SSL so all URIs go through HTTPS now instead of HTTP. You can see this in the address bar of your browser on this page.

The video was shot before this change was made to teamtreehouse.com, which is why the issue is updated in the Teacher's Notes. Read the Teacher's Notes in the link given above for more information.

ProTip: Before starting each lesson always check the Teacher's Notes if there are any.