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Subnational Atlas Frontend Code

This README outlines the details of collaborating on this Ember application. A short introduction of this app could easily go here.


You will need the following things properly installed on your computer.


  • Get this repository on to your computer with git clone <repository-url> - if you already have it then skip this step.
  • Go to the terminal and move to this the new directory.
  • Run npm install
  • Run bower install

Running / Development

Directory Structure

  • app.js is the entry point for the application.
  • config/environment.js is the main Ember configuration file for the frontend. However for the most part you won't have to touch this file.
  • In many cases, this file reads a hidden file in the main directory called .env that contains the most common options, like the translation files to use (DEFAULT_LOCALE and OTHER_LOCALE) and the address where the API will be (API_URL) and the downloads files will be (DOWNLOAD_URL).
  • /app/locales contains all of the translation keys.
  • /app/variables/data-variables.js contains most of the configuration related to website data, e.g. which products to show on the homepage dropdown, how many years of trade data there are, what logos to show on the homepage, what paths under DOWNLOAD_URL to find each download file etc. This is read by services/feature-toggle.js.
  • instance-initializers/locale-setter.js handles the locale / translation settings.
  • mixins/table-map.js includes many table related settings, including the widths of each column and what columns to show in what page.
  • The main application logic is contained in the routes/ controllers/ and templates/. The routes determine what data to fetch and how, the controllers handle display-related logic (and user events like clicks) and the templates handle the actual HTML structure that ends up on the page. Read the ember.js documentation for more on this.
  • router.js has the mapping from URLs to files in routes/blah.js.


Current .env files

  • colombia.env
  • mexico.env
  • peru.env

To use a country

  • run ember build -e <enviroment> e.g. ember build -e colombia


  • copy .env.<country> as .env

To add a country env.

  • Create .env.<country>
  • Add to Brocfile.js dotEnv path to country


  • Set ROOT_URL to what the sub dir should be in the correct .env file before building

  • ember build (development) defaults to .env

  • ember build --environment production (production) defaults to .env

  • To build the app, have the correct .env file in the root dir see '.env.example'

  • run ember build -e <enviroment> e.g. ember build -e colombia

  • By default the built app is in the dist/ folder

  • Locales follow country-lang syntax. e.g. usa-en, usa-es or mex-en, mex-es

  • ember cli i18n is used for the internalization.

  • Required ENV vars

    • GA (for Google Analytics)
    • API_URL
    • DOWNLOAD_URL(root name for file downloads)

Heroku deploy

Further Reading / Useful Links

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