Build a Spotify Connected App

Learn how to build a full stack web app to visualize personalized Spotify data with the help of Node.js, React, Styled Components, and the Spotify Web API.

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Brittany Chiang

👋 Hey there! I'm Brittany and I'm a software engineer specializing in building exceptional digital experiences. I've been building things for the web for over 7 years, and along the way I've had the privilege of working for a bunch of different companies like Apple, Starry Internet, and most recently, Upstatement. I've built many different kinds of websites and digital products with tools like React, Vue, WordPress, Node.js, and more. At the end of the day, I'm not picky about the tech stack I'm using, as long as I'm building something cool!

How The Course Works

01Remote

You can take the course from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a computer and an internet connection.

02Self-Paced

Learn at your own pace, whenever it's convenient for you. With no rigid schedule to worry about, you can take the course on your own terms.

03Community

Join a vibrant community of other students who are also learning with Build a Spotify Connected App. Ask questions, get feedback and collaborate with others to take your skills to the next level.

04Structured

Learn in a cohesive fashion that's easy to follow. With a clear progression from basic principles to advanced techniques, you'll grow stronger and more skilled with each module.

Course Overview

What you will learn
  • Principles of REST APIs and how they relate to the Spotify API

  • What OAuth is and how it works

  • How to implement the Spotify OAuth flow with JavaScript

  • How to use local storage to store auth tokens

  • How to fetch data from the Spotify API in a React app

  • How to handle async code with React hooks and async/await

  • How to efficiently style an app with Styled Components

  • How to deploy an app with a React front-end and Node.js back-end to Heroku

Have you ever been curious to see what your Spotify data looks like? How a round-up of your listening habits gets compiled every year? Or even wanted to see metadata of your favorite tracks? Luckily, Spotify makes a ton of interesting data like this accessible via the Spotify API. For example, there is data available for every users’ top tracks and artists of all time and audio features like danceability and tempo for every single track.

Why this course

If you're interested in accessing personalized Spotify data like we mentioned above, Spotify requires your app to be authorized. And to get authorization, you'll need to implement something called OAuth. This course will walk you through every step of the OAuth flow in a concise, easy to follow way. Unlike YouTube tutorials that only cover a few concepts and leave you with half-baked GitHub repositories, we'll cover everything from explaining what REST APIs are to implementing Spotify's OAuth flow to fetching data from the Spotify API in React hooks. Split into seven modules, each lesson includes clear, detailed explanations and complete code examples. By the end of the course, you'll have an app deployed to the internet that you can share with your friends and add to your portfolio.

What we’ll build

On the front end, we’ll build out a professional, responsive user interface with React, React Hooks, and the popular CSS-in-JS library, Styled Components. We’ll pull in data from the Spotify API using modern ES6 async/await methods and display that data in an engaging way.

On the back end, we’ll learn the basics of REST APIs, HTTP requests, and OAuth. We'll lift the veil on how to authorize an app with Spotify, and then build a Node server with the Express framework to handle our authentication requests. Finally, we’ll deploy our app to the internet using Heroku.

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Sample Course Lessons

Course Syllabus and Content

Module 1

Intro & Dev Environment Setup

2 Lessons 13 Minutes

Module 2

Getting Started with REST APIs & Express

5 Lessons 24 Minutes

Module 3

Authentication & Authorization with Spotify

5 Lessons 36 Minutes

Module 4

Setting Up a React Front-End

3 Lessons 15 Minutes

Module 5

Login State & Front-End Scaffolding

5 Lessons 40 Minutes

Module 7

Deploying to the Internet

4 Lessons 20 Minutes

Module 8

Course Wrap Up

1 Lesson 1 Minutes

Meet the Course Instructor

Brittany Chiang

Brittany Chiang

Hey there! I'm Brittany and I'm a software engineer specializing in building exceptional digital experiences. I've been building things for the web for over 7 years, and along the way I've had the privilege of working for a bunch of different companies like Apple, Starry Internet, and most recently, Upstatement. I've built many different kinds of websites and digital products with tools like React, Vue, WordPress, and Node.js, and I've learned a ton of tips and tricks that I'll share with you throughout the course. I hope you'll join me!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone interested in building and deploying a full stack web application that integrates with the Spotify Web API. Specifically, if you've been struggling with understanding or implementing Spotify's OAuth flow to allow users to log in with Spotify in your app, this course is for you. If you're a front-end developer and want to gain more experience with back-end web technologies like Node.js, Express, and third-party APIs, this course is for you, too!

Are there any prerequisites?

To get the most out of this course, you'll want to have a few things under your belt first. 1) An intermediate understanding of HTML, CSS, and modern (ES6+) JavaScript. 2) Basic knowledge of the React framework and React Hooks. 3) A Spotify account (you can create a Spotify account for free if you don't have one, but the app will be more interesting if you've accumulated some Spotify history already).

What if I need help?

You can ask us questions anytime through the community Discord channel or by sending us a message.

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