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Movies Application

For this project, we will be building a single page movie application (SPA). It will allow users to add, edit, and delete movies, as well as rate them. We will be using json-server to mock a database and our backend, so that we can just worry about the front end and AJAX requests.

The webpack dev server is configured to watch for changes both in the javascript source, as well as the public directory. Whenever changes are detected, the page will be reloaded. It will also proxy any requests that start with /api to localhost:3000, which is where json-server is configured run.

json-server is configured to have a delay of 1.2 seconds, so you can see what your application might actually look like, instead of serving instantaneous reponses. You can modify this behavior by changing (or removing) the number after the -d flag inside of the npm dev script.


  1. Fork this repository to your own github account or your github organization.

  2. Clone your fork

  3. Run npm install

  4. Run npm run dev and visit http://localhost:1313/ in your browser. Open up the console and inspect the output.


In general, you should have the development web server (npm run dev) running while you are working on the project. You should view your project through http://localhost:1313, not from IntelliJ's web server, or by dragging the file(s) into chrome. As you make changes to your source files, all you need to do is save the file, and the website will be live reloaded.

Take a look at the src/index.js file to get started. You will notice it has examples of importing and requiring separate javascript files. Regardless of which you choose to use, you should pick one and use it throughout your code base, don't mix and match the two.

The file src/api.js also contains an example api request. You can reference this to get started building out the parts of your application that interact with the api.

The db.json file contains your "database". You can edit this file directly to make changes to your data, and this file will be updated if you make api requests that modify the data.

The server will serve files from the public directory, meaning any files outside of public will not be visible. This means if you have any frontend assets (e.g. bootstrap, or images) they will need to be in the public directory.


Your application should:

On page load:

  • Display a "loading..." message
  • Make an ajax request to get a listing of all the movies
  • When the initial ajax request comes back, remove the "loading..." message and replace it with html generated from the json response your code receives

Allow users to add new movies

  • Create a form for adding a new movie that has fields for the movie's title and rating
  • When the form is submitted, the page should not reload / refresh, instead, your javascript should make a POST request to /api/movies with the information the user put into the form

Allow users to edit existing movies

  • Give users the option to edit an existing movie
  • A form should be pre-populated with the selected movie's details
  • Like creating a movie, this should not involve any page reloads, instead your javascript code should make an ajax request when the form is submitted.

Delete movies

  • Each movie should have a "delete" button
  • When this button is clicked, your javascript should send a DELETE request


  • Add a disabled attribute to buttons while their corresponding ajax request is still pending.
  • Show a loading animation instead of just text that says "loading..."
  • Use modals for the creating and editing movie forms
  • Add a genre property to every movie
  • Allow users to sort the movies by rating, title, or genre (if you have it)
  • Allow users to search through the movies by rating, title, or genre (if you have it)

Helpful Hints

  • The id property of every movie should not be edited by hand. The purpose of this property is to uniquely identify that particular movie. That is, if we want to delete or modify an existing movie, we can specify what movie we want to change by referencing it's id. When a new movie is created (i.e. when you send a POST request to /api/movies with a title and a rating), the server will respond with the movie object that was created, including a generated id.
  • Take a look at the other branches in this repository, as they have configuration/setup for common scenarios, such as including bootstrap in your application.
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