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Gulliver

Gulliver is a directory of Progressive Web Apps.

Contents

In Gulliver's landing page you can browse the set of currently registered PWAs as depicted in the following landing page snapshot:

Screenshot

If you click on a particular PWA, Gulliver takes you to a detail page showing the results of an evaluation done on that specific PWA using the Lighthouse PWA Analyzer tool (Details page #1), and a view of the associated web app manifest file for the application (Details Page #2):

Details Page #1 Details Page #2

Gulliver itself has been implemented as a PWA; therefore it is designed to work well on any kind of device, including desktop web browsers (see landing page), and on mobile devices (see details page).

FAQ

Visit our FAQ Page

Requirements

Gulliver was built using the ExpressJS web framework for Node.js, and uses the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) for computing and storage services.

The following components are required to run the project (tested on macOS):

  1. NodeJS (LTS version ~6.11.0). A JavaScript runtime built on Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine. (How to verify? Run node --version.) If you have a later version, install the LTS version with nvm.

  2. Google Cloud SDK. A set of tools for the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) that you can use to access the Google Compute Engine and the Google Cloud Storage, which are two components of GCP used by Gulliver. (How to verify? Run gcloud --version.)

  3. Memcached. A distributed memory object caching system. (How to verify? Run memcached (the command should appear to hang), and then telnet localhost 11211 in a separate terminal. In the telnet window, typing version it should report the memcached version. If you don't have it, see these instructions to install memcached.)

In addition, you will need to set up a GCP project, and configure OAuth:

  1. Create a Google Cloud Platform project. A GCP project forms the basis of accessing the GCP. Then, run gcloud init to configure gcloud locally, if you get the error "Could not load the default credentials" run gcloud auth login.

  2. Get the OAuth client id and client secret associated with this project. (How to verify? There's no automatic way, but see Creating a Google API Console project and client ID for how to create one. Make sure you list http://localhost:8080 as one of the Authorized JavaScript origins.)

Finally (and optionally), you need a Firebase project, and the Firebase Cloud Messaging "Server key" and "Sender ID":

  1. Create a Firebase project.

  2. Get Firebase Cloud Messaging "Server key" and "Sender ID" associated with this project. Select "Project settings" and then "Cloud Messaging". The URL should be of the form https://console.firebase.google.com/project/$FIREBASE_PROJECT/settings/cloudmessaging. (How to verify? There's no automatic way, but the "Server key" should be a long string of >100 characters, and the "Sender ID" a >10 digit number.)

Running Gulliver

  1. Clone the GitHub repository: git clone https://github.com/GoogleChrome/gulliver.git

  2. Switch into the project directory: cd gulliver

  3. Create indexes for the Google Cloud Datastore: gcloud datastore create-indexes index.yaml

  4. (Optional) Deploy cron jobs for scheduled PWA updates: gcloud app deploy cron.yaml

  5. Install Memcached and run it on localhost:11211. Check these installation instructions for guidance.

  6. Run npm install to install dependencies.

  7. Configure your project either via a config file or environment variables (which override the corresponding keys in the config file). To create a config file, copy the sample config and adjust the values accordingly:

$ cp config/config.example.json config/config.json
$ vim config/config.json
  1. Start Gulliver via npm start.

  2. Gulliver should now be running at http://localhost:8080.

Running Tests

To verify that everything is working properly you can run the project's tests:

  1. npm test to run lint + tests + coverage report.
  2. npm run mocha to run all the tests only.
  3. npm run coverage to run tests + coverage report.

Lighthouse PWA Analyzer

Gulliver reports an evaluation of the "progressiveness" of each registered PWA. This evaluation is done by Lighthouse, which is a tool that runs a set of checks validating the existence of the features, capabilities, and performance that should characterize a PWA. You can learn more about Lighthouse in the GitHub repository, or in this video.

References

To find out more about what PWAs are and how to go about incorporating the principles of PWAs into the development of your applications, check the following references which provide introductory information and references:

License

See LICENSE for more.

Disclaimer

This is not a Google product.