Teaching Guide

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Express and JQuery In Class


Step 01: Create

Create a new express app by issuing these commands starting from the root of your repository:

CreateExpressProject Week03-ExpressJQuery
cd Week03-ExpressJQuery
npm install

Open up your project in WebStorm.

Open bin/www. Check that the port is set to 30025:

var port = normalizePort(process.env.PORT || '30025');

In package.json, make sure you are using nodemon instead of node:

"start": "nodemon ./bin/www"

Set the title in routes/index.js to some string that contains your last name.

router.get('/', function(req, res, next) { 'use strict';
     res.render('index', { title: 'ExpressJQuery-LastName' });

Step 02: Control.js

In the public/javascripts folder create a JavaScript file called Control.js.

Put the following code in Control.js:

var MyObject = (function() {

        // constructor
    function MyObject() {

    MyObject.prototype.readyCalled = function() {
        $("#readyCalled").html("Ready was called and myObjected created");

    return MyObject;

$(document).ready(function() {
    var myObject = new MyObject();

Step Three: Bower Layout

The CreateExpressProject script automates the setup of Bower. To read more about exactly what it does, see this section from the Elvenware site:

Step Four: Jade or Pug

In index.jade use Jade to create a button and two paragraphs. To do this, just paste in the following code, but be careful of your indents:

button#sendString Send String

The code above adds a button to index.jade with an id of sendString and the caption Send String.

In your JavaAScript, use the constuctor of MyObject to set up a handler for the button click. Create a private method of MyObject called stringSender that places a string in your stringHolder paragraph.

When the user clicks on the button a method must be called. To make that possible, add code in the constructor that defines an event handler for the button click. And then outside the constructor add a method called showString to handle the event:

    function MyObject() {

    function showString() {
        $('#stringHolder').html('Send string was clicked');

NOTE: The above code should appear in control.js. As a rule, it makes no sense to place JavaScript code in a Jade file. The purpose of a Jade file is to create HTML. It is not a place for, or a means of creating, JavaScript.

Step Five: Lists

Create ul element in your index.jade:


Add a button:

button#getItems Get Items

In Control.js, in the constructor we handle another button click like this:

function MyObject() {

In Control.js we add items to the list with this showItems method:

function showItems() {
    $("#myList").append('<li>' + 'item01' + '</li>');
    $("#myList").append('<li>' + 'item02' + '</li>');
    $("#myList").append('<li>' + 'item03' + '</li>');

Step Six: Add Marie

Add a marie button to index.jade:

button#getMarie Get Marie

Handle it like this in Control.js:

function MyObject() {

Inside the showMarie method create a JavaScript object that follows the rules of JSON:

var marie = {
    "firstName": "Marie",
    "lastName": "Curie",
    "city": "Paris",
    "country": "France"

Cut and paste the curly braces and the syntax between them into jsonlint.com to be sure it is valid JSON:

    "firstName": "Marie",
    "lastName": "Curie",
    "city": "Paris",
    "country": "France"

Now inside showMarie iterate over the items and add them to your list:

for (var property in marie) {
    if (marie.hasOwnProperty(property)) {
        $("#myList").append('<li>' + marie[property] + '</li>');        

Turn it in

Place the contents of your project in your repository in a folder called Week02-ExpressJQuery.

When you make the submission remind me of the URL of your repository and specify the folder in your repository where the project resides.

When I open the folder that contains your project, I should see the code for your project, not another folder that contains the code.



Not so good:


Extra Credit

Try loading the JSON with $.getJSON. Save the Maire object into the public directory as marie.json. Now load it with getJSON:

$.getJSON('mairie.json', function(marie) {
    // The variable marie now holds your JSON. Process it and display it as shown above.

If for some reason it doesn't work, try moving marie.json around to different directories.