What is Blockee?
Have you ever wondered what the street you live on would look like with a bike lane? How about a playground or a community garden instead of that parking lot? Did you then wonder what it would look like if all of those things sparkled?
Blockee is a place where you can bring your wonders to life! Explore, reimagine, and recreate your community!
Does Blockee actually exist?
Yes! And you can see it running here. However, it is in active development and changing constantly - not all the planned features exist yet. But, stay tuned to this repo and watch for changes. Even better, contribute to Blockee's development - we love feature and pull requests!
How do I run Blockee on my machine?
Note: This is a bit technical and not required unless you want to run Blockee on your own deveopment machine and contribute to development. If you just want to USE Blockee, go here!
Bleeding edge Rockstar tech!
Blockee is a node.js application that uses backbone.js for structure. Specifically, it uses bocoup's Backbone Boilerplate. As a Backbone Boilerplate project, it employs grunt and grunt-bbb to manage builds and the local, node test server. The following instructions assume you are on a Mac running OSX Lion with Homebrew installed. All of the commands are to be run from your shell command line prompt.
Installing the pre-reqs
First get node:
Note: To make sure you get the latest version of everything (usually a good idea), make sure to run brew update before issuing the following commands
$ brew install node
Then, get the node package manager (npm)
$ curl http://npmjs.org/install.sh | sh
Ensure that node and npm have installed properly. You should be able to issue the following commands and see a similar reponse (your exact version numbers might be differnt than what is shown here):
$ node --version v0.6.6 $ npm --version 1.1.2
Now that you've got node, you need only clone this Blockee repo and issue some simple bbb comands to run your local server. Here's how:
$ git clone https://github.com/codeforamerica/blockee.git $ cd blockee $ npm install # install node packages from listed package.json $ bbb server # run the site in devel mode on port 8000
After the last step, you should see something like this on your console:
Running "server" task Listening on http://0.0.0.0:8000
If you do, that's a good thing! Because, now you can go to http://localhost:8000/ in your browser and check out the Blockee you've just unleased.
Hosting on Heroku
Blockee is actually ready to host on your own Heroku instance. The Procfile defines a web worker that assumes you've created a release distribution of Blockee. To create a release run the following grunt command:
$ bbb clean $ bbb release
This will remove/update the dist/release files with any changes you might have made. Now you can do the typical heroku create, git push heroku master steps to push the site to your heroku app.
To test your release locally, run the site via the Procfile (this assumes you are somewhat familiar with heroku and have foreman installed). Specifically, run:
$ foreman start
Thanks for considering Blockee for your community visualization and planning needs! Blockee is here for YOU!!!