Before you read: This post's purpose is to share my learning journey, I am as much a beginner as a developer that I am as a blog writer. You are probably not going to learn anything interesting here but if you still want to have a look to my work, I'd love to have some tips from you!
Learning coding best practices and core concepts of SPA/RestAPI architecture by practicing.
The idea here is to build a really simple social media where users can share places (images and location) with other users.
- See other users places
- Add place
- Google map integration
- Upload pictures
The UI prototype looks like that, we plan to build our frontend with React.
Here is the schema we are about to follow when building our RestAPI with Node.js/Express.
Starting with create-react-app, the first step is to work on the folder structure by removing useless stuff and adding sub-directories.
Adding routing with react-router-dom .
Creating my pages and core components.
NOTE: Most of the style are provided by the author, so students can fully focus on JS/JSX code.
Working on users list component with dummy data.
Displaying a responsive Navigation Bar.
Learning about ReactDOM.createPortal() and implementing this function to render a side drawer for mobile design.
Managing the state of my components with React hooks.
Animating my side drawer with react-transition-group.
Learning how to use dynamic routing /:something/xxx and useParams() which is a function provided by react-router-dom.
Building more and more components...
Diving into Google's docs and implementing a dynamic Google Maps modal.
I'm now using homemade Inputs components with built in form validation.
Working with custom hook for the first time (I should definitely spend time and get deeper knowledge of those).
Preparing the Authentication page.
Managing authentication state with createContext() & useContext().
Done with the frontend part ✅.
Setting up the project by installing express, bodyParser and nodemon.
Structuring my directories.
Creating my routes according to the schema.
Adding an error handler middleware.
Following the idea of MVC structure, we added a controllers' folder.
Handling POST requests and testing with Postman.
Adding inputs validation with express-validator.
Calling the geocoding api from google to translate address to coordinates using axios.
Setting up MongoDB/Mongoose.
Handling CRUD operations.
Working on the relation between my MongoDb collections.
Finishing with the backend ✅.
Fetching data from my backend with fetch().
Building a custom hook for http requests.
Fixing some little issues to provide the best possible user experience.
Handling file upload with Multer.
Encrypting users passwords with bcryptjs.
Improving Authentication with jsonwebtoken.
Storing tokens in localstorage.
App is finished ✅.
Swapping to env variables.
Adding lazy loading to React pages.
Deployed backend on Heroku.
Deployed frontend on Firebase.
I finished the tutorial and everything is working fine locally but I'm really disappointed that I can't store images on heroku... I plan on connecting my backend to AWS later.