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files that need to be created by you

  • these files should be placed in the root of the project
  1. create a nav_links.js file and add the contents of nav_links.placeholder.js to it. Replace the values of the variables with the routes you would like the front-end to use. The routes should be prefixed with a / for example /grad-dashboard

  2. create a .env file ( . infront of the file makes it hidden ), copy the contents of the existing .env.default to it

explanation of the variables in .env.default

SENDGRID_API_KEY="your sendgrid api key" get an api from"
DB_PASS="the password of your mongodb database"
CLIENT_URL="the url where your front end is hosted, for example: http://localhost:8080"
AUTH_SECRET="a random string you come up with"
API_PASS="another random string you come up with"

Note that the global_vars.js file in the src folder contains the API_URL that the front end will use when making ajax calls. When in development i have that API_URL variable set to 'http://localhost:3000' before building for production i have it set to ''

npm scripts

  • "start": "node ./api/server.js",
    • this is used in production by heroku to run the server
  • "dev": "run-p dev_api dev_webpack",
    • this starts the dev server
  • "dev_api": "NODE_ENV=development nodemon ./api/server.js",
    • this gets started by the above dev script
  • "dev_webpack": "webpack-dev-server --open --config -d",
    • this gets started with the dev_api script from dev
  • "prod_api": "NODE_ENV=production node ./api/server.js",
    • this starts the api with the server in production ( i haven't used this yet, forgot why i cereated it )
  • "prod_build": "webpack --config"
    • this populates the dist folder with the bundled production files
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