Getting your C++ to the Web with Node.js
This repository is the code for a blog series I wrote here. It's designed to outline a few ways to take legacy C++ (or new C++) and integrate it with Node.js.
First... get the code:
> git clone https://github.com/freezer333/cppwebify-tutorial.git
Step 1: Install node-gyp
This is required for building all the C++ example projects, including the addons.
> npm install -g node-gyp
Step 2: Install grunt CLI (optional)
You can build all the projects from the CLI if you use grunt. If you don't want to install grunt, you can build all the projects individually (see step 3) instead.
> npm install -g grunt-cli
Step 3: Build the examples
This tutorial includes 6 seperate C++ projects and one web (express) project. You'll only run the web app, but you need to build all the C++ apps. I've included a grunt script to take care of the entire build process (which is explained in the tutorial).
If you have grunt installed
Go into the
/web directory and to build everything just type:
> npm install
which installs the web and grunt build dependencies... and then
which build the C++ examples. If you want to remove the build artifacts (clean), just type:
> grunt cleanup
If you don't want to use grunt
You need to got into each directory under
/cpp that has a binding.gyp file - which are the following:
/cpp/lib4ffi /cpp/nodeprime /cpp/nodeprime_sync /cpp/standalone_flex_file /cpp/standalone_stdio /cpp/standalone_usr
npm install inside each directory.
To run the web app, go to
/web and type
npm install as well.
Run the web app
The web app has links to invoke all the C++ examples. Just go to
/web and type:
> node index