Template for building a JavaScript Web application with Ember.js and Express
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Latest commit d66274b Feb 12, 2014 Bill Heaton update Makefile for mocha test runner
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Ember App Builder

Project goals:

  • Author Web applications with simple tooling
  • Minimistic approach to API development
    • Map routes to db adapter, send JSON response
  • End-to-end integration testing
    • Test API request/response in server app
    • Seed database for testing
  • Use modules for developing on client and server
  • Ember Test helpers used for integration testing
    • Connect to live api during tests
  • Tasks simply listed in Makefile
    • E.g. make db, make server, make test
    • Automate tasks w/ shell scripts, Bash / Javascript (node)
      • make canary update and replace Ember / Ember Data
  • Code quality encorced w/ jshint, make lint
  • Client application build tools
    • Compile Handlebars templates
  • Manage dependencies using bower.json and package.json files
    • Shell script copies source from bower dir to vendor
    • Option to overwrite w/ canary versions using shell script
  • Vim tooing, Use portkey.json for generators and ember.vim

Sample app:

Bloggr app (by Tilde.io) is setup in the client directory. The supporting post (resource) routes are in the server/routes directory. Seed database with shell script and a module server/seeds/posts.js

  • Server runs on port 8888, client on 8000 (using CORS)





  • cd client && npm install && bower install
  • cd server && npm install

Tasks / Commands


cd client, then watch, build and reload using make server


cd server, make db, make server


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Install tasks for ember-app-builder project on Vimeo.

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Overview of end-to-end (integration) testing with ember-app-builder on Vimeo.