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What's in here?
The project contains the following folders and important files:
data-- Data files, such as those used to generate HTML
etc-- Miscellaneous scripts and metadata for project bootstrapping.
less-- LESS files, will be compiled to CSS and concatenated for deployment
templates-- HTML (Jinja2) templates, to be compiled locally
www-- Static and compiled assets to be deployed (a.k.a. "the output")
app.py-- A Flask app for rendering the project locally.
app_config.py-- Global project configuration for scripts, deployment, etc.
fabfile.py-- Fabric commands automating setup and deployment
Node.js is required for the static asset pipeline. If you don't already have it, get it like this:
brew install node curl https://npmjs.org/install.sh | sh
Then install the project requirements:
cd $NEW_PROJECT_NAME npm install less universal-jst mkvirtualenv $NEW_PROJECT_NAME pip install -r requirements.txt
Project secrets should never be stored in
app_config.py or anywhere else in the repository. They will be leaked to the client if you do. Instead, always store passwords, keys, etc. in environment variables and document that they are needed here in the README.
Adding a template/view
A site can have any number of rendered templates (i.e. pages). Each will need a corresponding view. To create a new one:
- Add a template to the
templatesdirectory. Ensure it extends
- Add a corresponding view function to
app.py. Decorate it with a route to the page name, i.e.
- By convention only views that end with
.htmland do not start with
_will automatically be rendered when you call
Run the project locally
A flask app is used to run the project locally. It will automatically recompile templates and assets on demand.
workon $NEW_PROJECT_NAME python app.py
Visit localhost:8000 in your browser.
With the project running, visit localhost:8000/test/SpecRunner.html.
Compile static assets
workon $NEW_PROJECT_NAME fab render
(This is done automatically whenever you deploy to S3.)
Test the rendered app
If you want to test the app once you've rendered it out, just use the Python webserver:
cd www python -m SimpleHTTPServer
Deploy to S3
fab staging master deploy
Deploy to EC2
The current configuration is for running cron jobs only. Web server configuration is not included.
fab staging master setupto configure the server.
fab staging master deployto deploy the app.