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    Fetching Book Title from Google Books API with ISBN

    Hi everyone, I'm very new to Javascript and React-Native and am building just a very simple app using Expo that can scan the barcode of a book for the ISBN and then match it to the title of the book.

    I think I've managed to get the ISBN number from the barcode and my alert message at the end is showing the correct corresponding book title too, but I keep getting an undefined is not an object (evaluating '_this.state.results.items[0].title) error after scanning the barcode. I'm fetching the data from Google Books API. Any one have ideas where or why it's going wrong? I'm posting the relevant part of my code below.

    Thank you! Sorry if there are a ton of mistakes or my code is terrible. I'm really new to this and really appreciate the help!

    import React from 'react';
    import { Dimensions, StyleSheet, Text, View } from 'react-native';
    import { BarCodeScanner } from 'expo';
    const { width } = Dimensions.get('window');
    export default class App extends React.Component {
      constructor(props) {
        this.state= {
          results: {
            kind: '',
            totalItems: 0,
            items: []
        this.fetchData = this.fetchData.bind(this);
      fetchData(isbn) {
        .then((response)=> response.json())
        .then((responseData)=> {
          console.log('responseData', responseData);
          this.setState({results: responseData})
      _handleBarCodeRead = ({ type, data }) => {
        var isbn = data;
        var title = this.state.results.items[0].volumeInfo.title;
        alert(`ISBN: ${isbn}, Title: ${title}`)
      render() {
        return (
            style={[StyleSheet.absoluteFill, styles.container]}
            <View style={styles.layerTop} />
            <View style={styles.layerCenter}>
              <View style={styles.layerLeft} />
              <View style={styles.focused} />
              <View style={styles.layerRight} />
            <View style={styles.layerBottom} />

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    Is the problem that somtimes the API is not finding a record that matches the bar code? That would seem to be a case that you would want to include some error handling for


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