In a recent project I was working on, I encountered an issue with image loading that caused quite a bit of frustration. The project was a movie search application that fetched data from the OMDB API, which includes movie poster URLs. The issue was that some movies didn't have a poster image, and this resulted in broken image links in my application. It was unsightly and unprofessional. So, I set out to find a solution.
The OMDB API returns a URL for the movie poster image, even if there isn't an image available. This URL, when used as an src attribute in an img tag, results in a broken image link. The challenge was figuring out how to validate the image URL before using it in the img tag.
This function can be used with async/await to load images asynchronously, ensuring that an image or placeholder is always displayed. Here's an example of how to use it: