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Chris Shaffer12,030 Points
Re: Node.js Basics and use in a Web app
This is more of an inquiry and thinking-out-loud question that a need for help.
I'm curious, after taking the Node.js Basics course, if it's possible to simply parse the returned data and display this on a web page.
I don't see any reason why not, just curious as this is the first time I've really dug into Node.
It would seem easy enough to use a button or other input on a page to call the function to retrieve user stats, then parse the return to usable page strings.
Obviously, this is the direction you're going with this course, and obviously this data is displayed ON Treehouse, but I'm wondering if there is a missing step, or if I can simply write the proper interface and display my API results.
I believe the new Node.js course Build a Simple Dynamic Site with Node.js has a section on HTML templating, which will involve getting the data/results and displaying it in a particular way on a HTML page.
Usually the other side of that is having HTML to create forms and manipulate the data stored on the server or in a database.
Does that sound like what you're looking for?
Express is the other thing that is commonly used with Node.js for displaying content on the front-end. They describe it as follows:
Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework for Node.js