.env file not registering when using Replit?

What’s happening:
I think I have read the instructions and understood them to be:

  1. Create an .env file in the root of the project and using Replit, I used ‘Secrets’ and the ‘key:value’ pair for the mySecret constant is ‘MESSAGE_STYLE: uppercase’ respectively.
  2. Now on to the requirements of the question- to transform the response object’s message to either, {"message": "Hello json"} or {"message": "HELLO JSON"} , depending on the MESSAGE_STYLE value. Note the capital ‘H’ and small ‘j’ on the lower case out come.

My solution is a follows:

var express = require('express');
//const cors = require('cors');

//const dotenv = require('dotenv');
//dotenv.config({path: '${__dirname}/ENV'});
var app = express();

app.use("/public",express.static(__dirname + "/public"));
console.log("Hello World")

app.get("/", (req, res)=> {
  res.sendFile(__dirname + "/views/index.html");

app.get("/json", (req, res) => {
let mySecret = process.env['MESSAGE_STYLE']
  if(mySecret === "uppercase") {
     res.json({"message": "Hello json".toUpperCase() });
     res.json = ({"message": "Hello json"});

 module.exports = app;

Your project link(s)

solution: https://replit.com/@spirit-spirited/boilerplate-express-1

Your browser information:

User Agent is: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/96.0.4664.93 Safari/537.36 Edg/96.0.1054.53

Challenge: Use the .env File

Link to the challenge:

Given the above, the grading system of fcc marks it wrong. I haven’t now a . clue where I could have gotten this wrong. I am supposed to return the upperCase variant of the response but it seems like the environment variable is completely being ignored.

Take a closer look at the code in the else block.

Many thanks for your eagle eye mate!!! That was it.