Learning Node #15: Creating a User Account Edit Screen

September 22, 2018

Make the route!

Add a route to get account page:

router.get('/account', authController.isLoggedIn, userController.account)

Serve up a view from the userController

exports.account = (req, res) => {
  res.render('account', { title: 'Edit your account' })

Make the view

Our account.pug will be a simple form:

extends layout

block content
    h2 Edit your account
    form(action="/account" method="POST")
      label(for="name") Name
      input(type="text" name="name" value=user.name)
      label(for="email") Email Address
      input(type="email" name="email" value=user.email)
      input(type="submit" value="Update My Account")

Route for submitting the form

router.post('/account', catchErrors(userController.updateAccount))

Update the account

So here we learn a little more mongoDB magic. Note that findOneAndUpdate() takes three arguments: The query, the updates, and some options.

exports.updateAccount = async (req, res) => {
  const updates = {
    name: req.body.name,
    email: req.body.email,

  const user = await User.findOneAndUpdate(
    { _id: req.user._id },
    { $set: updates },
    // new: return the new User, context: mongoose needs this
    { new: true, runValidators: true, context: 'query' }
  // check to see it works:
  // use this once it works

And of course remember that if you get lost and cannot tell what’s coming back, you can always do this in your pug files:

pre= h.dump(user)

Onwards to Learning Node #16: Password Reset Flow!

John Moen

Written by John Moen, a web developer in Austin, Texas. github.com/Dissolutio