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JavaScript Node.js Basics 2017 Create a Command Line Weather Application Parsing Data and Printing - Solution

unexpected token in JSON at position 4

When I try to run my code in the console, I just get the Syntax error message,

module.js:675 throw err; ^

Syntax error: home/treehouse/workspace/api.json: Unexpected token in JSON at position 4

const https = require('https');
const querystring = require('querystring');
const api = require('./api.json');

// Print out temp details
function printWeather(weather) {
  const message = `Current tempature in ${weather.location.city} is ${weather.current_observation.temp_f}F`;

// Print out error message

function get(query) {
    const parameters = {
      APPID: api.key,
      units: 'imperial'

    const zipCode = parseInt(query);
    if (!isNaN(zipCode)) {
      parameters.zip = zipCode + ',us';
    } else {
      parameters.q = query + ',us';

    const url = `http://api.openweathermap.org/data/2.5/forecast?id=524901&appid={api-key}?${querystring.stringify(parameters)}`;

    const request = https.get(url, response => {
        let body = "";
        // Read the data
        response.on('data', chunk => {
            body += chunk;
        response.on('end', () => {
            //Parse data
            //Print the data

module.exports.get = get;

//TODO: Handle any errors

1 Answer

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,250 Points

It's telling you there's a syntax error somewhere in your JSON file. But these errors don't really tell you what is causing the error and JSON syntax isn't really forgiving when it comes to errors.

I would suggest you find a syntax code checker on the contents of your api.json file and see what it comes up with. :-)