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Routing So we're working our way through building out a web application and in this module we're going to start talking about routing and we're going to build out some routes for our application. Now we've come pretty far in our journey to build out a web application. We've got some tooling set up, we've got basics of a webpage showing, we imported a template that gave us a nice looking webpage to get started with and in this module we're going to start building out routes, we're going to have a book route, we'll have a single book route. We'll kind of work through all that. Now we're going to be generating some code as we do that and so we're going to start talking about how to separate out our files. Right now everything's in one file, in app. js, and we're going to talk about how to pull that apart so we have multiple files. We're going to add some parameter variables to our search, like when we build out a single book, I want to pass a book ID, so how do we do that in our routes? And we're also going to talk about router functions. We're going to create our router but we're going to do it as a function so we can pass things in on the creation so we can create different things, or pass config variables in and things like that. So let's get started in building out our routes.
Authentication In this module we're going to talk authentication and creating users for our web application. Now, we've come quite a long way in this course on building a web app with Node. js and Express. And we've got databases set up, we've got routing done, we're pulling stuff out of the database, displaying it to the screen, all that's there, but there's an important thing that we're missing that most applications that you might be working on require, and that's the concept of a user. So in this module, we're going to start creating users. We're going to create new login, the password, you can sign up and sign in, and all those types of things. We're going to do authentication. You'll enter a username and password and we'll validate that that's correct, and we'll log you in appropriately. We'll do authorization. And so, authorization is the ability to block certain pages. We're actually going to block most of the website if you're not signed in. So, you can't get to the profile page. You can't get to the books. We'll block everything if you're not signed in. And we're going to do all this using this thing called Passport. And Passport is the default npm package that Express uses for user management. We're going to mostly use the local strategy in this course, but there's other strategies for handling Google, and Facebook, and LinkedIn, Integration, and all those other things. So, let's get some stuff done.
Structure and Third-party APIs All right, we're going to round out this course with this last module, and we're talking about a couple different things. We're going to talk about the structure of our code, and we're doing that on purpose, because we're going to build on some services for some third party API calls. Alright so, we are almost done with this course of building a web application and if you've made it this far, which you have, because you're listening to this then great job, you've learned a lot and we're going to round this out by talking about some code structure. Right now, everything's in one file. Like all of our routes have all of our code in them, and that's not very testable. It's not very easy to deal with, and so we're going to talk about how to pull those things apart, and implement some controllers, and our controller is what's going to have all of our router code built into that. We're also going to build some services, or specifically, a third party API service. So, we're going to hook up to Goodreads, which is a website that deals with books, and we're going to pull information from a Goodreads API to populate our web page.