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My Coding Bootcamp Odyssey - Week 5

First week of back-end

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Rich Keyzor
·Nov 21, 2021·

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My Coding Bootcamp Odyssey - Week 5

So, on to the back-end (not of the pantomime horse 🐴) of a web application. This was all a bit of a mystery to me at first, although I had some insights.

Being at the older end of the Northcoders student age range (I only know the one Pokemon, the one that was my son's favourite!) I had come across relational databases using Microsoft Access back in the day. But knew nothing about NoSQL.

This week certainly enlightened me, and to be honest, I really loved it. Before joining Northcoders I had tinkered with HTML & CSS but the back-end was a complete mystery. This week really opened my eyes to the back end and I liked it - a lot. MVC really appealed to my sense of order and organisation and I can see how scalable and maintainable it could make large apps.

We'll see how the front-end block goes but at the moment back end is my beau!

Week 1 of Back End


  • Using Node's http API to build a server
  • Use of request and response parameters in createServer callback
  • Using properties and methods on the response object to build and send a JSON HTTP response


  • Creating an Express server
  • Extracting information from a request using req.params and req.query



  • Differences between relational and non-relational databases
  • Interacting with the PostgreSQL psql CLI
  • Creating databases using psql and SQL queries
  • Primary and foreign keys


  • Different relationships between data (one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many)
  • Using JOINS in SQL
  • Using junction tables for many-to-many relationships
  • Editing relationships
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