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If you have some programming experience and want to build a backend using Node.js, Express, and MongoDB, this course is for you or your team.  In this 1.5 day course, you will learn how to create a server with Express including a RESTful API.  You will also learn how to store data in MongoDB and enforce the schema with Mongoose.  Finally, you will learn to test your application with jest and Cypress.

  • Front-end Developers wanting to learn back-end coding

  • Back-end Developers moving to Node.js, Express

  • Full-stack developers moving to Node.js, Express

  • A basic understanding of object-oriented or functional programming is expected.

  • Software development experience is necessary, though it does not have to be with JavaScript.

  • Before class starts, make sure you have the right tools installed. You will need a browser, an IDE, and Node 16. We recommend Chrome for your browser and VS Code as your IDE.

  • In terms of Operating System, we recommend Mac, Linux, or Windows System for Linux (WSL) but using Windows without WSL is possible.

Build a Server with Express

  • Create multiple endpoints

  • Build a RESTful set of endpoints to create, delete, and update data

  • Authentication with JSON Web Tokens

  • Use middleware to check authentication and environment

  • Send up to date data over Web Sockets 


Store Data with MongoDB

  • Set up a MongoDB Database for storing data

  • Enforce the schema with Mongoose in Node.js

  • Read and write records



  • Write unit tests for authentication middleware

  • Write API tests with Cypress for the RESTful endpoints

  • Validate authentication is required for an endpoint with API tests

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