Kevin Cunningham: 0:00 My api folder just contains a README. First of all, I will open a new terminal window. I'll change directory and I will use yarn to initialize the package.
0:14 I'm using Express to build my API, so first of all, I'll install that with npm. Then, I will create an entry file for my API, in this case, I'll call it server.js.
0:27 Inside my server file, I'm going to import express. I'm then going to create an app, which is going to use express. Then, my app is going to use just the bare root. It's going to have a function that will accept the request and the response, and respond just with a text snippet saying, "this is working."
0:52 Next, I'll have my server listen on port 3001, because my next application is listening on port 3000. I will log to the console once the server has started, to tell me where it's listening. Let's use node to start our server and test it if it's working.
1:12 We've successfully logged to the console, which is great. Now, to test the API, I'll use a client, in this case insomnia localhost:3001. I'll send a request and I got a response with a text snippet, "this is working."
1:24 While the server is running, if Alt-D at the code and then trigger a request to the API, we'll see that there's no change. We need to restart the server after every change we make to the code.
1:39 To stop as having to do that, I'm going to use a package called nodemon, which restarts the server every time that there's a change to the files. I'll add a scripts block to my package.json file. I will add a dev script, in this case, it's nodemon server.js.
1:59 Back in my terminal, I'll run npm run dev. Then, I'll see that my server's still saying this is still working. Let's test on insomnia and then let's try updating the text without restarting the server.
2:13 You see, when I save this file, nodemon will automatically restart the server, so when I get back to my insomnia client, I'll get the response I wanted.