How to receive JSON in express node.js POST request?


Question

I send a POST WebRequest from C# along with a JSON object data and want to receive it in a Node.js server like this:

var express = require('express');
var app = express.createServer();

app.configure(function(){
  app.use(express.bodyParser());
});
app.post('/ReceiveJSON', function(req, res){
  //Suppose I sent this data: {"a":2,"b":3}

  //Now how to extract this data from req here?  

  //console.log("req a:"+req.body.a);//outputs 'undefined'
  //console.log("req body:"+req.body);//outputs '[object object]'


  res.send("ok");
});

app.listen(3000);
console.log('listening to http://localhost:3000');      

Also, the C# end of POST WebRequest is invoked via the following method:

public string TestPOSTWebRequest(string url,object data)
{
    try
    {
        string reponseData = string.Empty;

        var webRequest = System.Net.WebRequest.Create(url) as HttpWebRequest;
        if (webRequest != null)
        {
            webRequest.Method = "POST";
            webRequest.ServicePoint.Expect100Continue = false;
            webRequest.Timeout = 20000;

            webRequest.ContentType = "application/json; charset=utf-8";
            DataContractJsonSerializer ser = new DataContractJsonSerializer(data.GetType());
            MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream();
            ser.WriteObject(ms, data);
            String json = Encoding.UTF8.GetString(ms.ToArray());
            StreamWriter writer = new StreamWriter(webRequest.GetRequestStream());
            writer.Write(json);
        }

        var resp = (HttpWebResponse)webRequest.GetResponse();
        Stream resStream = resp.GetResponseStream();
        StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(resStream);
        reponseData = reader.ReadToEnd();

        return reponseData;
    }
    catch (Exception x)
    {
        throw x;
    }
}

Method Invocation:

TestPOSTWebRequest("http://localhost:3000/ReceiveJSON", new TestJSONType {a = 2, b = 3});  

How can I parse JSON data from request object in Node.js code above?

1
19
11/6/2018 2:50:57 PM

The request has to be sent with: content-type: "application/json; charset=utf-8"

Otherwise the bodyParser kicks your object as a key in another object :)

30
11/18/2012 9:11:05 AM

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