Before You Begin
Before you begin we recommend you read about the basic building blocks that assemble a MEAN.JS application:
- MongoDB - Go through MongoDB Official Website and proceed to their Official Manual, which should help you understand NoSQL and MongoDB better.
- Express - The best way to understand express is through its Official Website, which has a Getting Started guide, as well as an ExpressJS Guide guide for general express topics. You can also go through this StackOverflow Thread for more resources.
- AngularJS - Angular's Official Website is a great starting point. You can also use Thinkster Popular Guide, and the Egghead Videos.
- Node.js - Start by going through Node.js Official Website and this StackOverflow Thread, which should get you going with the Node.js platform in no time.
Make sure you have installed all of the following prerequisites on your development machine:
- Node.js - Download & Install Node.js and the npm package manager. If you encounter any problems, you can also use this GitHub Gist to install Node.js.
- MongoDB - Download & Install MongoDB, and make sure it's running on the default port (27017).
- Bower - You're going to use the Bower Package Manager to manage your front-end packages. Make sure you've installed Node.js and npm first, then install bower globally using npm:
$ npm install -g bower
- Grunt - You're going to use the Grunt Task Runner to automate your development process. Make sure you've installed Node.js and npm first, then install grunt globally using npm:
$ npm install -g grunt-cli
There are several ways you can get the MEAN.JS boilerplate:
The recommended way would be to use the Official Yo Generator, which generates the latest stable copy of the MEAN.JS boilerplate and supplies multiple sub-generators to ease your daily development cycles.
Cloning The GitHub Repository
You can also use Git to directly clone the MEAN.JS repository:
$ git clone https://github.com/meanjs/mean.git meanjs
This will clone the latest version of the MEAN.JS repository to a meanjs folder.
Downloading The Repository Zip File
Another way to use the MEAN.JS boilerplate is to download a zip copy from the master branch on GitHub. You can also do this using
$ wget https://github.com/meanjs/mean/archive/master.zip -O meanjs.zip; unzip meanjs.zip; rm meanjs.zip
Don't forget to rename mean-master after your project name.
Once you've downloaded the boilerplate and installed all the prerequisites, you're just a few steps away from starting to develop your MEAN application.
The first thing you should do is install the Node.js dependencies. The boilerplate comes pre-bundled with a package.json file that contains the list of modules you need to start your application. To learn more about the modules installed visit the NPM & Package.json section.
To install Node.js dependencies you're going to use npm again. In the application folder run this in the command-line:
$ npm install
This command does a few things:
- First it will install the dependencies needed for the application to run.
- If you're running in a development environment, it will then also install development dependencies needed for testing and running your application.
- Finally, when the install process is over, npm will initiate a bower install command to install all the front-end modules needed for the application.
Running Your Application
After the install process is over, you'll be able to run your application using Grunt. Just run grunt default task:
Your application should run on port 3000, so in your browser just go to http://localhost:3000
That's it! Your application should be running. To proceed with your development, check the other sections in this documentation. If you encounter any problems, try the Troubleshooting section.
Testing Your Application
You can run the full test suite included with MEAN.JS with the test task:
$ grunt test
This will run both the server-side tests (located in the app/tests/ directory) and the client-side tests (located in the public/modules/*/tests/).
To execute only the server tests, run the test:server task:
$ grunt test:server
And to run only the client tests, run the test:client task:
$ grunt test:client
Development and deployment With Docker
$ fig up
- Local development and testing with just Docker:
$ docker build -t mean . $ docker run -p 27017:27017 -d --name db mongo $ docker run -p 3000:3000 --link db:db_1 mean $
- To enable live reload, forward port 35729 and mount /app and /public as volumes:
$ docker run -p 3000:3000 -p 35729:35729 -v /Users/mdl/workspace/mean-stack/mean/public:/home/mean/public -v /Users/mdl/workspace/mean-stack/mean/app:/home/mean/app --link db:db_1 mean
Running in a secure environment
To run your application in a secure manner you'll need to use OpenSSL and generate a set of self-signed certificates. Unix-based users can use the following command:
$ sh ./scripts/generate-ssl-certs.sh
Windows users can follow instructions found here. After you've generated the key and certificate, place them in the config/sslcerts folder.
Getting Started With MEAN.JS
You have your application running, but there is a lot of stuff to understand. We recommend you go over the Official Documentation. In the docs we'll try to explain both general concepts of MEAN components and give you some guidelines to help you improve your development process. We tried covering as many aspects as possible, and will keep it updated by your request. You can also help us develop and improve the documentation by checking out the gh-pages branch of this repository.
- Use the Official Website to learn about changes and the roadmap.
- Join #meanjs on freenode.
- Discuss it in the new Google Group
- Ping us on Twitter and Facebook
Browse the live MEAN.JS example on http://meanjs.herokuapp.com.
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