Calling Express Route internally from inside NodeJS

Issue

I have an ExpressJS routing for my API and I want to call it from within NodeJS

var api = require('./routes/api')
app.use('/api', api);

and inside my ./routes/api.js file

var express = require('express');
var router = express.Router();
router.use('/update', require('./update'));  
module.exports = router;

so if I want to call /api/update/something/:withParam from my front end its all find, but I need to call this from within another aspect of my NodeJS script without having to redefine the whole function again in 2nd location

I have tried using the HTTP module from inside but I just get a “ECONNREFUSED” error

http.get('/api/update/something/:withParam', function(res) {
   console.log("Got response: " + res.statusCode);
   res.resume();
}).on('error', function(e) {
  console.log("Got error: " + e.message);
});

I understand the idea behind Express is to create routes, but how do I internally call them

Solution

The ‘usual’ or ‘correct’ way to handle this would be to have the function you want to call broken out by itself, detached from any route definitions. Perhaps in its own module, but not necessarily. Then just call it wherever you need it. Like so:

function updateSomething(thing) {
    return myDb.save(thing);
}

// elsewhere:
router.put('/api/update/something/:withParam', function(req, res) {
    updateSomething(req.params.withParam)
    .then(function() { res.send(200, 'ok'); });
});

// another place:
function someOtherFunction() {
    // other code...
    updateSomething(...);
    // ..
}

Answered By – bchociej

Answer Checked By – Gilberto Lyons (AngularFixing Admin)

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