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People Power Web App

Last updated: Jan 14, 2019 (by Fang)


STEP ONE: Clone this project

  1. Click on 'Clone or Download' (green button near the top right) and copy the URL.
  2. Then in you desired directory, do git clone {COPIED URL HERE}

STEP TWO: Set up the .env files

NOTE: Any code in the that is enclosed in { } is meant to be replaced. Hence, if your API Key is "abcd", REACT_APP_AIRTABLE_API_KEY={YOUR API KEY HERE} yarn start is supposed to become REACT_APP_AIRTABLE_API_KEY=abcd yarn start. Note that the { } is replaced as well

The project uses a number of secrets that are passed via a .env file (for security reasons). We need to set this .env file now.

  1. In your top level directory (/peoplepower-web, the same directory containing the src folder, package.json and a couple of other files), create a file called .env.
  2. Copy and paste the following into .env:



You can get the PAYPAL CLIENT ID and REACT APP GOOGLE API KEY from Notion in 'Credentials Reference'. Follow the instructions in this Airtable support page to get your Airtable API Key.

  1. Create a file called .airtable-schema-generator.env and paste the following:

The airtable email and password are what you log into airtable with. This info is used for our automatic airtable API scraper.

(More info about the schema generator found here)

  1. Run yarn install. This might take a little bit of time.
  2. Run yarn start. This starts the development server, and should open a tab with the url localhost:3000 where you can find the People Power web app. If the tab doesn't open up normally, you can type localhost:3000 in your browser manually to open it.
  3. To verify that you've done step two correctly, run REACT_APP_AIRTABLE_API_KEY={YOUR AIRTABLE API KEY HERE} yarn test. This command passes in an environment variable acccessible by REACT_APP_AIRTABLE_API_KEY, and runs tests locally. This should take about 30s to a minute, and if you've done everything so correctly so far, all tests shoulld pass.

Congrats! You now have a working version of the People power on your local machine

Airtable Schema Generation

Whenever you update the airtable schema, you'll need to run the script yarn generate-schema in order to re-generate some helper files!

This project was bootstrapped with Create React App.

Available Scripts (redacted from Create React App)

In the project directory, you can run:

npm run build

Builds the app for production to the build folder.
It correctly bundles React in production mode and optimizes the build for the best performance.

The build is minified and the filenames include the hashes.
Your app is ready to be deployed!

See the section about deployment for more information.

npm run eject

Note: this is a one-way operation. Once you eject, you can’t go back!

If you aren’t satisfied with the build tool and configuration choices, you can eject at any time. This command will remove the single build dependency from your project.

Instead, it will copy all the configuration files and the transitive dependencies (Webpack, Babel, ESLint, etc) right into your project so you have full control over them. All of the commands except eject will still work, but they will point to the copied scripts so you can tweak them. At this point you’re on your own.

You don’t have to ever use eject. The curated feature set is suitable for small and middle deployments, and you shouldn’t feel obligated to use this feature. However we understand that this tool wouldn’t be useful if you couldn’t customize it when you are ready for it.

Learn More

You can learn more in the Create React App documentation.

To learn React, check out the React documentation.

Code Splitting:

Analyzing the Bundle Size:

Making a Progressive Web App:

Advanced Configuration:


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