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Jermaine Oppong
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Build Web APIs with Aqueduct #2 (video series)

In this article we will look at routing in further detail, building an endpoint capable of performing CRUD(create, read, update, delete) operations. We will make use of Router and Controller classes in the handling of requests made to our endpoint.

Here's the second video in the series:

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What is a Router?

Routers capture the request by path and forwards it to a Controller using a link method for resolution or a linkFunction to implement middleware functionality to handle the request.

Here's what it looks like:

final router = Router();

router.route('/path-1').link(() => Path1Controller());
router.route('/path-2').linkFunction((Request req) async {
  return Response.ok('Hello, World!');
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The path is passed as an argument when route() is invoked, and can also accept route parameters:

router.route('/path-2/[:name]').linkFunction(...); // wrapping in square brackets means its optional
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So with this snippet whatever is passed in the path segment after /path-1/ is captured in name path variable:

router.route('/path-1/:name').linkFunction((request) async {
  final name = request.path.variables['name'];
  return Response.ok('Hello, $name');
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See how routers and controllers work in this video.

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