Add Error message when request not found

So far our app has responded with the same message, regardless of the web address (route) requested in the browser. The webapp will be more useful if it responds differently to different routes.

Change the code to only respond with content when requesting the default route, that is http://localhost:8000/. Anything else we will return an error.

Edit the welcome function in src/todo-list/core.clj and use an if function to check if the request is valid or not.

(defn welcome
  "A ring handler to process all requests for the web server.  If a request is for something other than then an error message is returned"
  [request]
  (if (= "/" (:uri request))
    {:status 200
     :body "<h1>Hello, Clojure World</h1>
            <p>Welcome to your first Clojure app.</p>"
     :headers {}}
    {:status 404
     :body "<h1>This is not the page you are looking for</h1>
            <p>Sorry, the page you requested was not found!></p>"
     :headers {}}))

If the route matches / then a response map with the welcome message is returned. For any other route, a response map containing our error message is returned.

Run the new version of your code

If your server is still running, kill it first using Ctrl-c keyboard shortcut. Then run the server again, this time with the new code using the same command as before:

lein run 8000

Open http://localhost:8000 in your browser and try out different pages, such at /hello, /goodbye or /complete-indifference.

Only http://localhost:8000 will return the welcome message, everything else should return the error message.

todo-list - bad route error message


The project so far

The code and configuration we have created so far are in the clojure-webapps-example github repository, specifically the branch called 02-refactor-route-handling

If something is not working or you want to speed up, simply clone the project into a new directory using the command:

git clone https://github.com/practicalli/clojure-webapps-example

Once you have cloned the project, checkout the 02-refactor-route-handling branch

git checkout 02-refactor-route-handling

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