Persistence Attempt

For the Dynamic Web Development course at ITP I was able to make servers that take and output data. I have made attempts to use MongoDB, a database, and JSON files to store the values users entered into the text fields in the apps I created. 


Approach one: MongoDB

While trying to run this server, I ran into an issue with the "save" property on line 114  "{"name":textvalue}, function(err, saved) {" . This was confusinf since I only had 123 lines in my code. 

I tried to find out other ways to write the code but to no avail. Every MongoDB tutorial was slightly different and Some suggested npm installing mongoose , others instructed to download Robot 3T, and nothing seemed to work. 

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Approach two: JSON files

I attempted to save data to a JSON file and simply render the data file in the ejs template. I watched these videos by Coding Rainbow and referenced this Stack Overflow page. However, that didn't seem to work. The names.JSON file in my "public" folder did not seem to take any of the code lines and remained unaltered. I have yet to make this work. For now the data collected is only on the server by way of temporary memory but it's able to spit out some input as output in a story. For now, it's as dynamic as my web development gets.


Next Steps

I'll try some more attempts at persistence soon. I need to figure out which way is better and easier, database or JSON. My hunch is that figuring out the Mongo DB will pay off because it's much more elegant and private than simply collecting all the user input and letting it live unsecured in a public server.

The result is something like this

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All the code can be found on my Github.