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Patricia Nicole
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What's the Weather? 🌦️

This is a JavaScript exercise I worked on under The Odin Project to get familiar with the basics of promises, callbacks and a little about async/await.

The live preview of this assignment can be found here. It is a weather forecast site using a weather API. The look of the page can change based on the description of the weather. The Giphy API is used to find weather related gifs and display them.

WIL/Thoughts 🤔

The most important thing I learned in this exercise is the basics of asynchronous JS, specifically callbacks and promises. I wrote my basic understanding of it in a different dev.to post. I also got acquainted with async and await but I am still to get comfortable of using these keywords.

📌 async

This tells the JS engine that the function is asynchronous. Functions with the async keyword automatically returns a promise. It is said that async is just a syntactical sugar for promises 😆 .

📌 await

This keyword can only be used inside a function prefixed with async. When used, it tells JS to wait for the value of the asynchronous function called. In promises, the then method is called on the function object returning a promise. By using await, you just need to assign the return object of an async function and treat the result just like any other variable.

📌 Cross-Origin Resource Sharing

When I tried working with the open-weather and giphy API, I encountered an error related to CORS. WIL was, browsers, by default do not allow HTTP requests to outside resources. Cross-origin requests are requests sent to another domain/protocol/port and they require special headers from the remote side. This is for security purposes. We would not want a script from a hacker site to access our twitter credentials (XD as to what I understood so far). The CORS request header would contain an Origin. If the server accepts the request, a special header Access-Control-Allow-Origin would be added in the response. The response would also contain the allowed origin(the requester URL) or probably a star, denoting all. The CORS request also have two types, safe and unsafe. Safe requests can be sent on the fly while unsafe requests need some "preflight" to check if the server permits the request.

As always, cheers to lifelong learning 🍷.

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