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Node.js: Handling Asynchronous Operations with Promises vs. Async/Await?

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Hello fellow developers! I'm currently working on a Node.js project where I frequently encounter asynchronous operations. I've been using both Promises and Async/Await for handling these operations, but I'm curious about the best practices and potential trade-offs between the two approaches. When should I prefer using Promises over Async/Await (or vice versa) in Node.js? Can anyone provide insights or examples to help me understand the nuances better? Your experiences and suggestions would be invaluable! Thanks a lot.

// Using Promises for asynchronous operation
function fetchUserDataWithPromise(userId) {
  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    // Simulating async operation (e.g., fetching data from a database)
    setTimeout(() => {
      const userData = { id: userId, username: 'example_user' };
      resolve(userData);
    }, 1000);
  });
}

// Using Async/Await for handling promises
async function getUserData(userId) {
  try {
    const userData = await fetchUserDataWithPromise(userId);
    console.log('User Data:', userData);
    return userData;
  } catch (error) {
    console.error('Error fetching user data:', error);
    throw error;
  }
}

// Example usage
getUserData(123)
  .then(data => {
    // Handle retrieved user data
    console.log('Retrieved User Data:', data);
  })
  .catch(err => {
    // Handle errors
    console.error('Error:', err);
  });
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