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esri-redux CircleCI

Simple boilerplate demonstrating how to setup a project using React, Redux, Flow (if wanted), Jest, and the Esri JavaScript API. Demo available at

Getting started

This project requires Node.js

  1. Install dependencies: npm install or yarn
  2. npm start

Additional Branches

  1. flow - Same as this branch but is using Facebook's Flow, a static type checker.
  2. docker - Basically the same front end code as this branch but with some changes to the tooling to support running inside a docker container. Has all the same functionality and supports all the same build commands (although the actual commands are different but are listed in the readme). Production server to allow for deploying to a container service and more advanced testing is coming soon.
  3. material-ui - Branch very similar to this, but demonstrating that with Webpack, we can incorporate nice UI libraries easily. Check out the documentation on material-ui to see what else you can do with this branch as a starting point.

NPM scripts

npm start

Starts the babel-cli, watches your html and sass files for changes, and starts an express dev server with hot module replacement enabled.

npm run dist

Generates an optimized build in the dist directory. It uses webpack to transpile, bundle, and minify the src as well as many other things, like inline css and inject hash numbers into html for optimal performance and automated cache-busting. For more info, see Building - Webpack.

npm test

Runs jest. Jest configurations are in the package.json. It will run in verbose mode with code coverage. You can run npm test -- -u if you need to update your snapshots.

npm run lint

Runs eslint src/js/**/*.js. This just lints all your src files, including react components.


CSS Preprocessing - Sass

This uses a sass loader in webpack so you can just import your scss in your components. Webpack will inject these as style tags in dev mode so you get live reload of css. In production, it will inline critical.scss and append app.scss into your html for you.

Image importing - Webpack loaders

You can also import images directly in your components using Webpack's various loaders if you would like. You can do so the same way you would import any other file, like so.

import logoImg from 'images/logo.svg';

and reference in JSX: <img src={logoImg}/>

ES6 - Babel

This uses Babel for transpiling the build, it also uses React, es2015, and stage-0 presets so I can play with the latest ES6 features. It will strip the Flow types from the code when it compiles to AMD so that there is no issue at runtime in the browser.

Building - Webpack

Webpack and dojo used to not play nice together, but then I saw which cleverly handled the esri dependencies as externals and built to AMD. Now we have Webpack and dojo working together. This also uses hot module replacement with gulp/browser-sync so if you edit your components, it can swap them out on the fly without reloading the whole page.

Testing - Jest (with Enzyme)

There are some sample tests under the __tests__ directory. One of them uses react's test renderer to take snapshot's. It is just en example of how to set it up but snapshot's can be very useful and I highly recommend reading more here about testing components. There is also an example using Enzyme to shallow render components. Enzyme provides a simple API for manipulating and making assertions on our rendered components.

See Resources

Performance considerations

  1. You should prerender your components by using the prerender.js script in the scripts folder. You can configure it there. This will prerender your react component and inject it into your html. Once react loads, it will mount to it and start from there.
  2. Async assets when possible. The ArcGIS Javascript API is loaded with an async tag. It also will defer loading Esri's CSS until after the above the fold content loads to prevent blocking the rendering of index.html.
  3. Inject critical.css into index.html so that above the fold content does not need another trip to the server to render properly, thus avoiding that annoying flash of un-styled content that some pages have. This is automatically handled by webpack already for you.


This has the ability to run in HTTPS since it uses protocol agnostic resources. It also has a Content Security Policy with the following configurations for local resources and resources, which can be tweaked or removed from the app by modifying it in the head section of src/index.html.

script-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval';
style-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline';


There are currently multiple options for HTTPS but only one for an HTTP/2 setup. The easiest way to run https is to run npm run secure. It will load a browser sync server using https but will show as unsecure unless you have signed certs for localhost. The other option is to use Caddy. It is really easy to install and configure. This will run an HTTP/2 and HTTPS-enabled server for you once you generate some local self-signed certs. Here is how to set that up.

  1. Download Caddy, you can also install with brew install caddy if you have homebrew installed. You will need atleast version 0.9.
  2. Run sudo caddy to start the caddy server, it is configured in the Caddyfile. Caddy is configured to use self-signed certs for local development, browsers will flag self-signed certs as untrusted but they are ok for local development.
  3. [Optional] -Another option for self-signed certs is to set them up yourself. You can run the command openssl req -new -newkey rsa:2048 -sha256 -days 365 -nodes -x509 -keyout cert.key -out cert.crt, this will prompt you for a few questions and then generate the certs for you, this does require openssl to be installed and then you need to configure tls in the Caddfile like so: tls cert.crt cert.key. This is the same as step 2 except that you will not need to allow access each time you restart caddy.

Now your running HTTP/2 with automatic HTTPS enabled!! This does not do hot module replacement or live reload or anything like that, however, after you generate a build with npm run dist, you can run Caddy and test your app out on HTTP/2 and HTTPS.



Simple boilerplate demonstrating how to setup a project using React, Redux, Flow, and the Esri JavaScript API.





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