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Design Open Board

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Job board which open source projects can use to find design contributors.


Dependencies explained


  • express Backend framework
  • express-session Express code module
  • body-parser* Express core module
  • cookie-parser Express core module
  • errorhandler Express error handler
  • compression Enables gzip compression for express
  • ejs Template language for express html files
  • mongoose Library for managing data in MongoDB
  • node-jsx Just-in-time JSX parses to require .jsx files in node
  • passport Authentication library
  • log4js Provides better logging than console.log


  • bluebird Best available promise library
  • flux Facebook's flux library which provides Dispatcher
  • react Core react library
  • react-router Router implemented with react

Note that some of the client libraries are also used in server in initial render


  • autoprefixer CSS postprocessor which adds vendor prefixes
  • browserify Module loader to organize client-side code
  • reactify Browserify transform to support JSX syntax
  • watchify Faster version of browserify for local development
  • clean-css CSS minifier
  • node-inspector Node debugger. Used in npm run debug-server
  • stylus CSS preprocessor like SASS/LESS
  • uglify-js JS minifier
  • watch Watches changes in a directory and runs given command


All parts of the service are hosted in Heroku. There are two environments:

These environments are replicants of each other, they both have these addons:

  • MongoLab for database
  • Papertrail for centralized logging handling

Heroku details

Install development environment

Guide to get the environment running in your local machine.

1. Install tools and tech stack

  • Node.js + npm tools

  • Heroku toolbelt

  • MongoDB

  • Editorconfig to your editor

    This way text formatting is consistent within team

  • JSHint to your editor

2. Configure local environment

Add environment variables to local-env.sh. See local-env.sh.sample for an example configuration.

Add heroku remotes to your git repo:

git remote add qa git@heroku.com:designopen-board-qa.git
git remote add prod git@heroku.com:designopen-board.git

If you don't have rights to push to the remote and get this error: Permission denied (publickey). See Adding keys to Heroku.

3. Install npm modules:

In project root:

npm install


This project uses npm scripts as task automation.

To start local server:

  • In first terminal, run npm start in the root of the project
  • In second terminal, run npm run watch. That'll watch changes in stulys and jsx files.

There's no live reload.

Database migrations

Database migrations are handled with node-db-migrate. When creating new migration scripts, see their API documentation. Important: Their MongoDB driver does not implement many of the functions mentioned in API, check source code. They have documentation also here: http://db-migrate.readthedocs.org/en/v0.9.x/.

Note: to use db-migrate command, you must install it globally with npm install db-migrate -g, otherwise you have to use: ./node_modules/db-migrate/bin/db-migrate.

Whenever you have data changes in models, you must create a new migration script:

  • db-migrate create descriptive-name-for-the-migration
  • Edit the created migration script template in ./migrations/

Migration shortcuts


Release flow:

  1. Merge changes to master

  2. Wait for green light in CI

  3. Push changes to desired environment, for example qa:

    git checkout master
    git push qa

    You can also release a certain local branch. For example releasing from node branch to qa: git push qa node:master

  4. Check that the environment responds and logs look ok