CSD 3103 - NPM Node Application Development Lab Test


Develop a Node.js application that serves a random trivia fact from an array of facts stored in the server file and integrates with a front-end HTML page to display the fact. Additionally, include basic CSS for styling.


Set up the Project:
Ensure Node.js and npm are installed.
Create a new directory for your project and initialize it with npm init -y.
Install necessary packages: express and body-parser.
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mkdir trivia-facts-app
cd trivia-facts-app
npm init -y
npm install express body-parser

Create the main application file (app.js):
Set up an Express server that serves static files and an API endpoint to fetch a random fact from an array.
Include middleware to handle JSON data.
Create the Public Directory and HTML File:
Create a public directory and inside it, create an index.html file with a button to fetch a new fact and a paragraph to display it.
Add basic CSS styling for a better user interface.
Create the Client-side JavaScript (public/script.js):
Add functionality to fetch a fact from the server and display it when the button is clicked.
Create the CSS file (public/style.css):
Add basic styling for the HTML elements.
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body {
font-family: Arial, sans-serif;
text-align: center;
margin-top: 50px;

button {
padding: 10px 20px;
font-size: 16px;
cursor: pointer;

#factDisplay {
margin-top: 20px;
font-size: 18px;
color: #333;

Run the Application:
Start the server and test your application.
node app.js
Test the Application:
Open your web browser and navigate to http://localhost:3000.
Click the "Get a New Fact" button to fetch and display a random trivia fact.


Documentation: Create a Word document including:
Screenshots of your Visual Studio Code panels and terminal showing the server running.
Screenshots of your browser displaying the facts.
Copy-paste your code for app.js, index.html, script.js, and style.css.
Name the document StudentName_StudentID.docx.
Upload: Submit the Word document to the class portal.
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