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== Welcome to SproutCore Sample Applications
This is a samples application package for building a SproutCore applications.
To get started, edit your JavaScript application in the clients directory
(we've already created one for you.)
== BEFORE YOU CONTINUE
If you just cloned this samples directory using Git, you need to run the
following two commands to get the latest version of SproutCore JavaScript:
git submodule init
git submodule update
== Getting Started
To try the samples, start the SproutCore Dev Server by running from this
directory:
sc-server
This takes all the same arguments as mongrel. You can now test any of the
following sample apps:
http://localhost:4020/contacts
http://localhost:4020/demo
http://localhost:4020/hello_world
http://localhost:4020/photos
http://localhost:4020/sample_controls
http://localhost:4020/twitter
You can also view the SproutCore docs or run the unit tests:
http://localhost:4020/sproutcore/-docs (click Rebuild Docs)
http://localhost:4020/sproutcore/-tests
== What Goes Where
Here is a brief description of the various parts of the SproutCore app:
* *clients:* Each folder in the clients directory contains a single-page
application you can load in your web browser. By default the URL to reach
each application is the /directory-name. You will do most of your editing
here.
* *frameworks:* Each folder in the frameworks directory is a SproutCore
library that your client applications can use. No HTML will be generated
for these frameworks, but any JavaScript, CSS or other images you place
in here will be accessible through your web browser.
* *public:* This directory contains any other static resources your other
apps needs to be able to use. If you have static HTML or other basic
files you want to have access to. If you start your server in production
mode, cached output will also be saved into this directory.
* *lib:* Any ruby files you place in this directory will be automatically
loaded when the sproutcore server start or when you do a static build.
If you write any custom view helpers, you can place them here.
* *setup.yaml:* This is a config file that you can use to set various load
options for the clients and frameworks in your app. The default options are
specified in the default: group. You can override the default for specific
frameworks or clients by naming them.
== Using Frameworks
Frameworks are automatically available in your app. You can
also name frameworks available anywhere in your load path (including those
installed in gems).
The SproutCore gem comes with the latest versions of prototype, sproutcore,
and sproutapp frameworks installed. All you need to do is indicate that
you require them.
== Deploying your SproutCore App
Normally you will use the sc-server to host your application while you are
developing your code. Once you are ready to deploy, however, there are two
ways you can do it:
==== 1. Use sc-server in production.
The SproutCore server can be run in a production mode that will simply generate
and cache web-optimized versions of all of your resources upon request. For a
low-traffic or newer site, this approach is an easy way to get your code into
production. You just replace your directory with your latest files and the
sc-server will start serving the new resources.
==== 2. Do a static build
In general, however, loading all of your resources through a Ruby-app is not the
best, especially when you could use a high-speed server such as lighttpd that
is optimized for serving static content.
If you want real speed, do a static build of your content and serve it through
lighttpd or apache. Do the static build, just run:
sc-build
This will place a directory in tmp/build that contains all of your resources
pre-compiled and ready for static serving.
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