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JavaScript Express Basics Parameters, Query Strings, and Modularizing Routes Linking Around the Application

Vincent Doyle
Vincent Doyle
18,208 Points

The answer side doesn't link to the question.

Everything works perfectly but when I go to the answer link http://localhost:3000/cards/3?side=answer it doesn't give me a link redirecting me to the question.


const express = require('express'); const router = express.Router(); const { data } = require('../data/flashcardData.json'); const { cards } = data;

router.get( '/', ( req, res ) => { const numberOfCards = cards.length; const flashcardId = Math.floor( Math.random() * numberOfCards ); res.redirect( /cards/${flashcardId} ) });

router.get('/:id', (req, res) => { const { side } = req.query; const { id } = req.params;

if ( !side ) {
    return res.redirect(`/cards/${id}?side=question`);
const name = req.cookies.username;
const text = cards[id][side];
const { hint } = cards[id];

const templateData = { id, text, name };

if ( side === 'question' ) {
    templateData.hint = hint;
    templateData.sideToShow = 'answer';
    templateData.sideToShowDisplay = 'Answer';      
} else if ( side === 'answer' ) {
    templateData.sideToShow = 'question';
    templateData.sideToShowDisplay = 'Question';

res.render('card', templateData);


module.exports = router;


extends layout.pug

block content section#content h2= text if hint p i Hint: #{hint} a(href=${id}?side=${sideToShow})= sideToShowDisplay br a(href='/cards') Next card

1 Answer

You may have already solved this. Currently you are only checking of side has no value / undefined. You need to to also check if the value is either answer or question because you don't want to redirect on either of those values.

    if (!side || !(side === 'answer' || side === 'question' ) ) {