Cómo construir una aplicación Todo con React, TypeScript, NodeJS y MongoDB

En este tutorial, utilizaremos TypeScript en ambos lados (servidor y cliente) para crear una aplicación Todo desde cero con React, NodeJS, Express y MongoDB.

Entonces, comencemos por planificar la API.

  • API con NodeJS, Express, MongoDB y TypeScript
  • Configurar
  • Crear un tipo de Todo
  • Crea un modelo Todo
  • Crea controladores API
  • Obtener, agregar, actualizar y eliminar todos
  • Crea rutas API
  • Crear un servidor
  • Lado del cliente con React y TypeScript
  • Configurar
  • Crear un tipo de Todo
  • Obtener datos de la API
  • Crea los componentes
  • Agregar formulario Todo
  • Mostrar un Todo
  • Obtener y mostrar datos
  • Recursos

Vamos a sumergirnos.

API con NodeJS, Express, MongoDB y TypeScript

Preparándose

Si es nuevo en esto, puede comenzar con Una guía práctica de TypeScript o Cómo construir una API desde cero con Node JS, Express y MongoDB para aprovechar al máximo este tutorial. De lo contrario, comencemos.

Para crear una nueva aplicación NodeJS, debe ejecutar este comando en la terminal:

 yarn init 

Le pedirá un par de preguntas y luego inicializará la aplicación. Puede omitirlo agregando una -ybandera al comando.

A continuación, estructura el proyecto de la siguiente manera:

├── dist ├── node_modules ├── src ├── app.ts ├── controllers | └── todos | └── index.ts ├── models | └── todo.ts ├── routes | └── index.ts └── types └── todo.ts ├── nodemon.json ├── package.json ├── tsconfig.json 

Como puede ver, esta estructura de archivos es relativamente simple. El distdirectorio servirá como carpeta de salida una vez que el código se haya compilado en JavaScript simple.

También tenemos un app.tsarchivo que es el punto de entrada del servidor. Los controladores, tipos y rutas también se encuentran en sus respectivos nombres de carpeta.

Ahora, necesitamos configurar el tsconfig.jsonarchivo para ayudar al compilador a seguir nuestras preferencias.

  • tsconfig.json
{ "compilerOptions": { "target": "es6", "module": "commonjs", "outDir": "dist/js", "rootDir": "src", "strict": true, "esModuleInterop": true, "forceConsistentCasingInFileNames": true }, "include": ["src/**/*"], "exclude": ["src/types/*.ts", "node_modules", ".vscode"] } 

Aquí tenemos cuatro propiedades principales para subrayar:

outDir: le dice al compilador que coloque el código compilado en la dist/jscarpeta.

rootDir: informa a TypeScript que compile todos los .tsarchivos ubicados en la srccarpeta.

include: le dice al compilador que incluya archivos que están en el srcdirectorio y subdirectorio.

exclude: excluirá los archivos o carpetas pasados ​​en la matriz durante el tiempo de compilación.

Ahora podemos instalar las dependencias para habilitar TypeScript en el proyecto. Porque de forma predeterminada, esta aplicación usará JavaScript.

Hay dos formas de usar TypeScript en una aplicación NodeJS. Ya sea localmente en el proyecto o globalmente en nuestra máquina. Iré por este último según las preferencias personales, pero puede seguir con la forma local si lo desea también.

Ahora, ejecutemos el siguiente comando en la terminal para instalar TypeScript.

 yarn add typescript -g 

Esta gbandera permite instalar TypeScript a nivel mundial y esto lo hace accesible desde cualquier lugar de la computadora.

A continuación, agreguemos algunas dependencias para usar Express y MongoDB.

 yarn add express cors mongoose 

También necesitamos instalar sus tipos como dependencias de desarrollo para ayudar al compilador de TypeScript a comprender los paquetes.

 yarn add -D @types/node @types/express @types/mongoose @types/cors 

Ahora, TypeScript ya no le gritará: usará estos tipos para definir las bibliotecas que acabamos de instalar.

También necesitamos agregar otras dependencias para poder compilar el código TypeScript e iniciar el servidor al mismo tiempo.

 yarn add -D concurrently nodemon 

Con eso en su lugar, ahora podemos actualizar el package.jsonarchivo con los scripts necesarios para iniciar el servidor.

  • package.json
 "scripts": { "build": "tsc", "start": "concurrently \"tsc -w\" \"nodemon dist/js/app.js\"" } 

concurrentlyayudará a compilar el código TypeScript, seguir atento a los cambios y también iniciar el servidor simultáneamente. Dicho esto, ahora podemos iniciar el servidor; sin embargo, aún no hemos creado algo significativo en ese sentido. Entonces, solucionemos eso en la siguiente sección.

Crear un tipo de Todo

  • tipos / todo.ts
import { Document } from "mongoose" export interface ITodo extends Document { name: string description: string status: boolean } 

Here, we have a Todo interface that extends the Document type provided by mongoose. We will be using it later to interact with MongoDB. That said, we can now define how a Todo model should look.

Create a Todo Model

  • models/todo.ts
import { ITodo } from "./../types/todo" import { model, Schema } from "mongoose" const todoSchema: Schema = new Schema( { name: { type: String, required: true, }, description: { type: String, required: true, }, status: { type: Boolean, required: true, }, }, { timestamps: true } ) export default model("Todo", todoSchema) 

As you can see here, we start by importing the interface ITodo and some utilities from mongoose. The latter helps to define the Todo schema and also pass in ITodo as a type to the model before exporting it.

With that, we can now use the Todo model in other files to interact with the database.

Create API controllers

Get, Add, Update and Delete Todos

  • controllers/todos/index.ts
import { Response, Request } from "express" import { ITodo } from "./../../types/todo" import Todo from "../../models/todo" const getTodos = async (req: Request, res: Response): Promise => { try { const todos: ITodo[] = await Todo.find() res.status(200).json({ todos }) } catch (error) { throw error } } 

Here, we first need to import some types from express because I want to type the values explicitly. If you want, you can let TypeScript infer it for you.

Next, we use the function getTodos() to fetch data. It receives a req and res parameter and returns a promise.

And with the help of the Todo model created earlier, we can now get data from MongoDB and return a response with the array of todos.

  • controllers/todos/index.ts
const addTodo = async (req: Request, res: Response): Promise => { try { const body = req.body as Pick const todo: ITodo = new Todo({ name: body.name, description: body.description, status: body.status, }) const newTodo: ITodo = await todo.save() const allTodos: ITodo[] = await Todo.find() res .status(201) .json({ message: "Todo added", todo: newTodo, todos: allTodos }) } catch (error) { throw error } } 

As you can see, the function addTodo() receives the body object that contains data entered by the user.

Next, I use typecasting to avoid typos and restrict the body variable to match ITodo and then create a new Todo based on the model.

With that in place, we can now save the Todo in the DB and return a response that contains the todo created and the updated todos array.

  • controllers/todos/index.ts
const updateTodo = async (req: Request, res: Response): Promise => { try { const { params: { id }, body, } = req const updateTodo: ITodo | null = await Todo.findByIdAndUpdate( { _id: id }, body ) const allTodos: ITodo[] = await Todo.find() res.status(200).json({ message: "Todo updated", todo: updateTodo, todos: allTodos, }) } catch (error) { throw error } } 

To update a todo, we need to extract the id and the body from the req object and then pass them to findByIdAndUpdate(). This utility will find the Todo on the database and update it. And once the operation is completed, we can now return the updated data to the user.

  • controllers/todos/index.ts
const deleteTodo = async (req: Request, res: Response): Promise => { try { const deletedTodo: ITodo | null = await Todo.findByIdAndRemove( req.params.id ) const allTodos: ITodo[] = await Todo.find() res.status(200).json({ message: "Todo deleted", todo: deletedTodo, todos: allTodos, }) } catch (error) { throw error } } export { getTodos, addTodo, updateTodo, deleteTodo } 

The function deleteTodo() allows you to delete a Todo from the database. Here, we pull out the id from req and pass it as an argument to findByIdAndRemove() to access the corresponding Todo and delete it from the DB.

Next, we export the functions to be able to use them in other files. That said, we can now create some routes for the API and use these methods to handle the requests.

Create API routes

  • routes/index.ts
import { Router } from "express" import { getTodos, addTodo, updateTodo, deleteTodo } from "../controllers/todos" const router: Router = Router() router.get("/todos", getTodos) router.post("/add-todo", addTodo) router.put("/edit-todo/:id", updateTodo) router.delete("/delete-todo/:id", deleteTodo) export default router 

As you can see here, we have four routes to get, add, update, and delete todos from the database. And since we already created the functions, the only thing we have to do is import the methods and pass them as parameters to handle the requests.

So far, we have covered a lot. But we still don't have a server to start. So, let's fix that in the next section.

Create a Server

Before creating the server, we need to first add some environment variables that will hold the MongoDB credentials in the nodemon.json file.

  • nodemon.json
{ "env": { "MONGO_USER": "your-username", "MONGO_PASSWORD": "your-password", "MONGO_DB": "your-db-name" } } 

You can get the credentials by creating a new cluster on MongoDB Atlas.

  • app.ts
import express, { Express } from "express" import mongoose from "mongoose" import cors from "cors" import todoRoutes from "./routes" const app: Express = express() const PORT: string | number = process.env.PORT || 4000 app.use(cors()) app.use(todoRoutes) const uri: string = `mongodb+srv://${process.env.MONGO_USER}:${process.env.MONGO_PASSWORD}@clustertodo.raz9g.mongodb.net/${process.env.MONGO_DB}?retryWrites=true&w=majority` const options = { useNewUrlParser: true, useUnifiedTopology: true } mongoose.set("useFindAndModify", false) mongoose .connect(uri, options) .then(() => app.listen(PORT, () => console.log(`Server running on //localhost:${PORT}`) ) ) .catch(error => { throw error }) 

Here, we start by importing the express library that allows us to access the use() method that helps handle the Todos routes.

Next, we use the mongoose package to connect to MongoDB by appending to the URL the credentials held on the nodemon.json file.

That said, now if we connect successfully to MongoDB, the server will start. If appropriate, an error will be thrown.

We're now done building the API with Node, Express, TypeScript, and MongoDB. Let's now start building the client-side app with React and TypeScript.

excited

Client-side with React and TypeScript

Setting up

To create a new React app, I will go with create-react-app - you can use other methods as well if you want.

So, let's run in the terminal the following command:

 npx create-react-app my-app --template typescript 

Next, install the Axios library to be able to fetch remote data.

 yarn add axios 

Once the installation completed, let's structure our project as follows:

├── node_modules ├── public ├── src | ├── API.ts | ├── App.test.tsx | ├── App.tsx | ├── components | | ├── AddTodo.tsx | | └── TodoItem.tsx | ├── index.css | ├── index.tsx | ├── react-app-env.d.ts | ├── setupTests.ts | └── type.d.ts ├── tsconfig.json ├── package.json └── yarn.lock 

Here, we have a relatively simple file structure. The main thing to notice is that src/type.d.ts will hold the types. And since I will use them on almost every file, I added the extension .d.ts to make the types globally available. And now we don't need to import them anymore.

Create a Todo Type

  • src/type.d.ts
interface ITodo { _id: string name: string description: string status: boolean createdAt?: string updatedAt?: string } interface TodoProps { todo: ITodo } type ApiDataType = { message: string status: string todos: ITodo[] todo?: ITodo } 

Here, the ITodo interface needs to mirror the shape of data from the API. And since we don't have mongoose here, we need to add additional properties to match the type defined on the API.

Next, we use that same interface for the TodoProps which is the type annotation for the props that will be received by the component responsible for rendering the data.

We have now defined our types - let's now start fetching data from the API.

Fetch data from the API

  • src/API.ts
import axios, { AxiosResponse } from "axios" const baseUrl: string = "//localhost:4000" export const getTodos = async (): Promise
    
      => { try { const todos: AxiosResponse = await axios.get( baseUrl + "/todos" ) return todos } catch (error) { throw new Error(error) } } 
    

As you can see, we need to import axios to request data from the API. Next, we use the function getTodos() to get data from the server. It will return a promise of type AxiosResponse that holds the Todos fetched that need to match the type ApiDataType.

  • src/API.ts
export const addTodo = async ( formData: ITodo ): Promise
    
      => { try { const todo: Omit = { name: formData.name, description: formData.description, status: false, } const saveTodo: AxiosResponse = await axios.post( baseUrl + "/add-todo", todo ) return saveTodo } catch (error) { throw new Error(error) } } 
    

This function receives the data entered by the user as an argument and returns a promise. Here, we need to omit the _id property because MongoDB will create it on the fly.

  • src/API.ts
export const updateTodo = async ( todo: ITodo ): Promise
    
      => { try { const todoUpdate: Pick = { status: true, } const updatedTodo: AxiosResponse = await axios.put( `${baseUrl}/edit-todo/${todo._id}`, todoUpdate ) return updatedTodo } catch (error) { throw new Error(error) } } 
    

To update a Todo, we have to pass in the updated data and the _id of the object. Here, we need to change the status of the Todo, which is why I only pick the property we need before sending the request to the server.

  • src/API.ts
export const deleteTodo = async ( _id: string ): Promise
    
      => { try { const deletedTodo: AxiosResponse = await axios.delete( `${baseUrl}/delete-todo/${_id}` ) return deletedTodo } catch (error) { throw new Error(error) } } 
    

Here, we also have a function that receives as a parameter the _id property and returns a promise.

With that in place, we can now go to the components folder and add some meaningful code to its files.

Create the components

Add Todo Form

  • components/AddTodo.tsx
import React from "react" type Props = TodoProps & { updateTodo: (todo: ITodo) => void deleteTodo: (_id: string) => void } const Todo: React.FC = ({ todo, updateTodo, deleteTodo }) => { const checkTodo: string = todo.status ? `line-through` : "" return ( 

{todo.name}

{todo.description} updateTodo(todo)} className={todo.status ? `hide-button` : "Card--button__done"} > Complete deleteTodo(todo._id)} className="Card--button__delete" > Delete ) } export default Todo

As you can see, here we have a functional component of type React.FC (FC stands for functional component). It receives as a prop the method saveTodo() that allows us to save data to the DB.

Next, we have a formData state that needs to match the ITodo type to satisfy the compiler. That is why we pass it to the useState hook. We also need to add an alternative type ({}) because the initial state will be an empty object.

And with that, we can now move forward and display the data fetched.

Display a Todo

  • components/TodoItem.tsx
import React from "react" type Props = TodoProps & { updateTodo: (todo: ITodo) => void deleteTodo: (_id: string) => void } const Todo: React.FC = ({ todo, updateTodo, deleteTodo }) => { const checkTodo: string = todo.status ? `line-through` : "" return ( 

{todo.name}

{todo.description} updateTodo(todo)} className={todo.status ? `hide-button` : "Card--button__done"} > Complete deleteTodo(todo._id)} className="Card--button__delete" > Delete ) } export default Todo

Here, we need to extend the TodoProps type and append the functions updateTodo and deleteTodo to handle appropriately the props received by the component.

Now, once the Todo object passed in, we will be able to display it and add the functions needed to update or delete a Todo.

Great! We can now go to the App.tsx file and add the last piece to the puzzle.

Fetch and Display data

  • App.tsx
import React, { useEffect, useState } from 'react' import TodoItem from './components/TodoItem' import AddTodo from './components/AddTodo' import { getTodos, addTodo, updateTodo, deleteTodo } from './API' const App: React.FC = () => { const [todos, setTodos] = useState([]) useEffect(() => { fetchTodos() }, []) const fetchTodos = (): void => { getTodos() .then(({ data: { todos } }: ITodo[] | any) => setTodos(todos)) .catch((err: Error) => console.log(err)) } 

Here, we first need to import the components and utility functions held on API.ts. Next, we pass to useState an array of type ITodo and initialize it with an empty array.

The method getTodos() returns a promise - therefore, we can access the then function and update the state with the data fetched or throw an error if any occurs.

With that in place, we can now call the function fetchTodos() when the component is successfully mounted.

  • App.tsx
const handleSaveTodo = (e: React.FormEvent, formData: ITodo): void => { e.preventDefault() addTodo(formData) .then(({ status, data }) => { if (status !== 201) { throw new Error("Error! Todo not saved") } setTodos(data.todos) }) .catch(err => console.log(err)) } 

Once the form is submitted, we use addTodo() to send the request to the server, and then if the Todo has successfully saved, we update the data, otherwise an error will be thrown.

  • App.tsx
const handleUpdateTodo = (todo: ITodo): void => { updateTodo(todo) .then(({ status, data }) => { if (status !== 200) { throw new Error("Error! Todo not updated") } setTodos(data.todos) }) .catch(err => console.log(err)) } const handleDeleteTodo = (_id: string): void => { deleteTodo(_id) .then(({ status, data }) => { if (status !== 200) { throw new Error("Error! Todo not deleted") } setTodos(data.todos) }) .catch(err => console.log(err)) } 

The functions to update or delete a Todo are quite similar. They both receive a parameter, send the request, and get back a response. And then, they check if the request has been successful and handle it accordingly.

  • App.tsx
 return (  

My Todos

{todos.map((todo: ITodo) => ( ))} ) } export default App

Here, we loop through the todos array and then pass to the TodoItem the expected data.

Now, if you browse on the folder that contains the server-side app (and execute the following command in the terminal):

yarn start 

And also on the client-side app:

yarn start 

You should see that our Todo app works as expected.

app

Great! With that final touch, we have now finished building a Todo App using TypeScript, React, NodeJs, Express, and MongoDB.

You can find the Source Code here.

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Resources

React TypeScript Cheatsheet

Advanced TypeScript Types cheatsheet (with examples)

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