User input can be dangerous. You already know you need to validate any data your Express API receives. Without it, your API could crash horribly when it receives badly formatted data. You might end up with an unmaintainable database full of junk data.
Skipping out on validation leaves you vulnerable. Without it you could end up leaking sensitive user data. Or worse, you could lose control of your servers and be held to ransom by malicious attackers.
You want to avoid all these potential headaches. You sit down with Express and try and put in place all the things you need for a great API validation solution:
It seems simple at first, but you quickly end up overwhelmed. You get stuck trying to choose from a whole heap of different validation libraries. You're not sure how to properly integrate the library you've picked with Express. But wait, you also need to figure out what to do with validation errors... and then you need to invent your own error response format too?!
To make it worse, you can't seem to find any API validation best practices for the Express framework. What you have works, but it's clumsy. You're worried that you're doing it the wrong way.
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