A quiz game used with a career fair presentation
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#Quix Web App


There are 3 main branches:

  1. dev

    Where active development goes on. Features are added here or in additonal branches and merged here.

  2. master

    The current stable state of the project. Dev is merged in whenit is deemed necessary.

  3. heroku

    Due to the directory structure of the project and certain limitations, the master branch in its normal state should not be pushed to Heroku since its too big and contains all of the unminned and whatnot front end source.

    This branch exists to serve as an example of what the project should look like before deployed to Heroku, or generally any node hosting service.


Since yeoman is used for the scaffolding of the front end, it has its own package.json, Gruntfile, etc. all in the front subdirectory.

The server (built with expressjs on node) resides in the root directory and, when ran, serves the web app's static files (built from the front end) in the public directory (which will soon be configurable, although you must only modify a line in 'server.js' to change this).


The entire project is node.js-based so you must have npm and node installed to even begin. I would Google around if you don't know how to do this.

The front end is built entirely off of yeoman scaffolding using the angular generator. This means that to work on the front end, you need to have both grunt and bower installed globally through npm (Note: you might have to use sudo or whatever your OS uses to provide elevated permisions for global install):

npm install -g grunt-cli bower

##Front End Development

###Easy Development with Grunt

When developing on the front end, cd into front and run:

grunt server

which will provide VERY useful things like automatic watching of file changes, rebuilding of coffee/sass files, and livereload which reloads the browser when any changes occur.

Read more about grunt usage in yeoman at the bottom of the page here

###Components with Bower

Along with yeoman scaffolding comes the package manager bower which installs and provides front end JS packages and components. Just cd front and run bower as described here.

You must manually include these components using <script> tags in index.html.


If you plan on deploying the app to Heroku, follow the Deploying to Heroku instructions below

  1. Begin by cloning this repo

     git clone git://github.com/bericp1/quix.git
     cd quix
  2. Install dependencies for the front end

     cd front
     npm install
     cd ../
  3. Optionally, install dependencies for the back end. If you plan on deploying to Heroku, you might not want to do this since it will keep your uploaded package small and Heroku will install dependencies on their side during their automated server build process if there is no node_modules anyway.

     npm install
  4. Build the front end so that static, ready-to-serve files are outputted to front/dist

     cd front
     grunt build
     cd ../
  5. Move the built front end to the root directory under public where server.js looks for and serves the necessary static files by default. (and optionally delete the front directory to free up some space)

     cp front/dist public -r
     rm front -r

##Running the server

The server (in the root directory) is ready to go as is so long as your static files were built and placed correctly as described above. Just use foreman (npm install foreman) to run the server:

foreman start

Or just run server.js with node:

node server.js

##Deploying to Heroku

If you plan on deploying the app to heroku, it is strongly suggested that you create a seperate staging branch and preform the installation procedure in that branch since heroku deployment requires a bit of demolition.

Before following the above Building instructions, create the new branch. This should be done immediately after cloning:

git checkout -b staging

Now follow the above Building instrucitons before continuing.

The following commits the changes made during the build process locally, creates a new heroku app (which requires the heroku toolbelt to be installed on your machine), and finally pushes the staging branch to master on Heroku's servers where it is built and served.

git add -A
git commit -m "Deploying to Heroku"
heroku create <app_name_here>
git push heroku staging:master

Then one can switch back to the master or dev branch to continue development:

git checkout {dev or master or whichever branch your developing on}

When changes need to be deployed to Heroku again, just make sure your changes are commited on your current development branch:

git add -A
git commit -m "Your commit message"

Now switch to staging and merge in your changes:

git checkout staging
git merge {your dev or master or whatever branch}

You would now follow the Building instructions again to prepare it for deployment.

And finally deploy to Heroku (after commiting build changes locally) as you have done before:

git add -A
git commit -m "Deploying again"
git push heroku staging:master

##Build Automation

I do plan on working on some form of build automation but, despite first appearence, this really isn't a whole lot to do.