Click Route

Information on routes and Express is available here:

I have created a project named ClickRoute and made it available from the elven-assignments repository:

Clone the repository:

git clone

NOTE: This repository used to be called Prog272-Assignments. This particular project was created with express ClickRoute rather than yo express. As a result, you should start it with npm start or node bin/www or, better, nodemon bin/www.


This project uses RequireJs. We have not used this technology yet, but most large applications use it, or some similar system. I have a description of it here:

To use it, first put requirejs in layout.jade:

doctype html
    title= title
    link(rel='stylesheet', href='/stylesheets/style.css')
    script(src="components/requirejs/require.js" data-main="javascripts/main")

    block content

Load the files you want to use in public/javascripts/main.js, as described below.

Step01 - Copy the project to your repository

After you clone or pull the repository. Find the ClickRoute project. Copy it to your repository and rename it to reflect our current week. For instance, Week04-ClickRoute.

NOTE: Remember you can copy files from the bash shell with a command similar to this:

cp -r ClickRoute ~/Git/prog272-lastName-2016/Week04-ClickRoute/

Let’s include $(document).ready(callback) or DomReady in main.js:

require(['jquery', 'ClickEvents'], function($, ClickEvents) {
    'use strict';

    console.log('Main called');
    $(document).ready(function() {
        var clickEvents = new ClickEvents();

And if we want to use jquery in click-routes.js, then be sure to include it at the top of that file:

define(["jquery"], function($) {'use strict';

If you skip this latter step, then the program will still run without error, but jquery events may not be fired until you press refresh.

Be sure to install both jquery and require with bower. Don’t place these files directly in your public/javascripts directory. If you do place them in that directory, make especially sure that you exclude them from JSCS and JsHint. If you don’t have bower.json in your project, you can get it from JsObjects like this:

cp $ELF_TEMPLATES/bower.json .
cp $ELF_TEMPLATES/.bowerrc .

Step02 - Server Side

Define three routes in routes/index.js. The routes are as follows:

  • /Item01
  • /Item02
  • /Item03

Here for instance, is a route for Item01 as found in routes/index.js:

router.get('/Item01', function(request, response) {
    var result = { "result": "Success" };

Create similar routes in the same file for Item02 and Item03. For now, that means you should repeat the code shown above, but with slight variations. (There are other ways to handle this sort of thing, but this will do for now.

Change the result object literal so that it has three properties:

  • result
  • route
  • message

The object you return should now have three properties:

  • Set the result property to Success as shown above.
  • Set a new property called route to the name of the route, such as /Item01.
  • Set a new property called message to the string The server sent me.

Again, this means your declaration for this result object in routes/index.js will change. To give a very broad hint, consider the following bit of pseudo-code:

    var result = { "result": "Success" WHAT GOES HERE? };

On the client side, you will need parsing the JSON you receive from the server. The three properties should be displayed to the user exactly as you define in them. In other words the value of the properties you define in routes/index.js should appear verbatim on your HTML page at run time. When you click on Item 1, we should see all three properties for Item01, when you click on Item02, we should see all three properties of Item02, etc.

Remember: Put your routes in /routes/index.js

Step03 - Client Side

Open up click-event.js and look for the listClick method:

var listClick = function(event) {
    var clickText =; // was innerText

This method is called whenever the user clicks on one of the list items in the unordered list found on the site’s web page.

From inside this one method, I want you to call getJSON. As you remember, getJSON looks a bit like this:

    // Do something such as: $(SOME_SELECTOR).html(DATA_FROM_SERVER);

I want you to dynamically change /SOME_ROUTE depending on what list item the user clicked. If they clicked on Item01, then set the route to /Item01. This should call the appropriate route that you set up on the server in the previous step. There are multiple ways to solve this problem, but it would be nice if you only had to call getJSON once. In other words, set the string to pass as the route, then pass that string in the first parameter to getJSON:

    var theRoute = // Define the route based on the information you already have
    $.getJSON(theRoute, function(result) {

The route is the name of the method on the server side that you want to call. For instance, to call the method on the server side that I give you above, the route would be the string /Item01.

Step04 - Parse the data

When you called response.send back on the server, you sent an object from the client to the server. On the client side, this object is passed to the getJSON callback:

    $.getJSON('/SOME_ROUTE', function(DATA_FROM_SERVER) {

Parse the data sent from the server and display it to the user in three paragraph tags that appear on your HTML page. In Jade, that will look like this:


Inside the call to getJSON, use jQuery to set each of these paragraphs to one of the properties from the object sent by your server.

Hint: Compare the ID’s shown above to the properties of the object you set up in Step02.

When you are done, the app should respond to clicks on the list items as follows:

  • Call getJSON to invoke a route on the server
  • On the server, respond by sending back a custom object with three properties
  • On the client receive the data, and display each of the three properties to the user. Each property should appear in a separate paragraph tag that was configured with Jade.

Sample Interface

It can look as you please, but here is an example interface.

Click Route

Step05: Turn it In

Check it into your repository in a folder called Week0X-ClickRoute, where X is the week in which the assignment was assigned.

Don’t forget to make sure your favicon works and that the project passes grunt check.


You may see this message or one like it:

Not Found


Error: Not Found
    at app.use.res.render.message (/home/charlie/Downloads/ClickRoute/server.js:37:15)
    at Layer.handle [as handle_request] (/home/charlie/Downloads/ClickRoute/node_modules/express/lib/router/layer.js:82:5)
    at trim_prefix (/home/charlie/Downloads/ClickRoute/node_modules/express/lib/router/index.js:302:13)
    at /home/charlie/Downloads/ClickRoute/node_modules/express/lib/router/index.js:270:7
    at Function.proto.process_params (/home/charlie/Downloads/ClickRoute/node_modules/express/lib/router/index.js:321:12)
    at next (/home/charlie/Downloads/ClickRoute/node_modules/express/lib/router/index.js:261:10)
    at /home/charlie/Downloads/ClickRoute/node_modules/express/lib/router/index.js:603:15
    at next (/home/charlie/Downloads/ClickRoute/node_modules/express/lib/router/index.js:246:14)
    at Function.proto.handle (/home/charlie/Downloads/ClickRoute/node_modules/express/lib/router/index.js:166:3)
    at router (/home/charlie/Downloads/ClickRoute/node_modules/express/lib/router/index.js:35:12)

This can mean that you have not properly defined a route for your event handler. Go back and re-read the section on Server Side code in this document.

This information is a bit outdated, in that you should use router.get rather than app.get, but nevertheless, there is information here you might find useful:


body {
  padding: 50px;
  font: 14px "Lucida Grande", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;

a {
  color: #00B7FF;

li {
  background-color: #00BBFF;
  border: black solid 1px;
  border-radius: 5px;
  padding-left: 5px;
  margin: 3px;
  width: 250px;  

#results, #message {
    width: 300px;
    border-radius: 5px;    
    padding-left: 5px;
    border: solid black 1px;    

li:hover {
    background-color: #00FFBB;

.blue {
    background-color: #00BBFF;

.green {
    background-color: #00FFBB;

.red {
    background-color: #FFBB00;