Today I learned that you don’t need to use
body-parser in Express applications anymore, completely by chance!
I was watching this MERN stack intro video randomly to see if it made a bit more sense now that I have some more experience with React. And in this part of the video he makes an off-handed comment that
body-parser isn’t needed anymore. I ignored this.
Then later I was watching this MEVN (or whatever the acronym is if you use Vue) playlist because I want to try my hand at Vue. And he does use
Now the Vue tutorials were made in October 2018 and the MERN tutorial is from June 2019. And I’ve definitely been using
body-parser in Express apps since both of these, so what did I miss?
body-parser was added back into Express in 2017 and hasn’t been needed all this time! It’s still using
body-parser under the hood so in a way it doesn’t really make much difference, but yay for finding out there’s one less dependency to worry about in my Express apps!
And now I am subscribed to release updates for Express 😁