FAQ: Setting up a Server with HTTP - Interacting with Another Backend API

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Terrible exercise. Steps 1 & 2: Half of the code the learner is supposed to write themselves is already half-written but some of it needs to be rewritten in some way, super confusing. Steps 3 & 4 assume the learner knows or somehow guessed from the previous section how to listen to a data and end events. Step 5 was impossible to pass even if my code was identical to the solution, which I had to check for each step given how badly written the instructions were. It’s almost impossible to understand at which moment we’re supposed to stop writing the code for a step in order to validate it. So if you write ‘too much’ instead of a partial code block, the step can be validated, but then you also have no clue what to do in the next one, since you’ve already written the full answer and yet the next step is still not validated. I really wish Codecademy would take feedback from a user who reads this lesson for the first time before going into designing such exercises.