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How To - POST todos/id 200

Mar 7, 2021

This post and video shows how to complete the challenge POST /todos/id (200) to successfully update a todo item in the application.

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POST /todos/id (200)

Issue a POST request to successfully update a todo

  • POST request will update a todo if the provided id exists /todos/id end point
    • e.g. POST /todos/3 for a todo with id==3
  • 200 is an success code, in this case it means the todo was updated
  • The body of the message should be a json or xml partial set of todo details,
  • and the json or xml should be defined in the content-type header

Basic Instructions

  • Issue a POST request to end point “/todos/id”
    • where id is replaced with the id of an existing todo
      • if you don’t know any then a GET /todos would show a list of todos, or you could POST /todos to create one.
    • if running locally that would be
      • http://localhost:4567/todos/id
    • if running in the cloud that would be
  • The request should have an X-CHALLENGER header to track challenge completion
  • The content-type in the message should be application/json because we are sending a JSON payload
  • The Payload should have a partial set of todo details. e.g.
  "title": "updated title"
  • The response status code should be 200 when all the details are valid.
  • The body of the response will a JSON showing the full todo details, and your updated values should be present.
  "id": 49,
  "title": "updated title",
  "doneStatus": false,
  "description": ""

NOTE: if you haven’t read the documentation and don’t know what format to use then issue a GET request for a single entity and the payload format for the POST is likely to be pretty close. You may not be allowed to use all the fields in an update, e.g. the id might throw an error becuase you should not be able to update the id.

Insomnia Details

> POST /todos/49 HTTP/1.1
> Host:
> User-Agent: insomnia/2020.3.3
> X-CHALLENGER: x-challenger-guid
> Content-Type: application/json
> Accept: */*
> Content-Length: 32

| 	{
| 		"title": "updated title"
| 	}
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Connection: close
< Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2021 12:08:58 GMT
< Content-Type: application/json
< Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *
< Access-Control-Allow-Headers: *
< X-Challenger: x-challenger-guid
< Server: Jetty(9.4.z-SNAPSHOT)
< Via: 1.1 vegur

Returned body:

  "id": 49,
  "title": "updated title",
  "doneStatus": false,
  "description": ""

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