Spine.app is a Spine application generator. It’ll create the basic application structure, as well as controllers and models. This can then be served up, or compiled, using Hem.
Spine.app is an excellent way of getting started with Spine applications, and a highly recommended workflow.
npm install -g spine.app
Spine.app will now be available globally under the
To generate your application, use the
app generator like so:
spine app my_app
Now we’ve produced a directory structure looking like:
my_app/.gitignore my_app/.npmignore my_app/Procfile my_app/app my_app/app/controllers my_app/app/index.coffee my_app/app/lib my_app/app/lib/setup.coffee my_app/app/models my_app/app/views my_app/app/views/sample.jade my_app/css my_app/css/index.styl my_app/css/mixin.styl my_app/lib my_app/lib/runtime.js my_app/package.json my_app/public my_app/public/favicon.ico my_app/public/index.html my_app/slug.json my_app/test my_app/test/lib my_app/test/lib/run-jasmine.phantom.js my_app/test/public my_app/test/public/index.html my_app/test/public/lib my_app/test/public/lib/jasmine-html.js my_app/test/public/lib/jasmine.css my_app/test/public/lib/jasmine.js my_app/test/specs
As you can see spine.app has set up simple but fairly complete structure for your application.
Procfile is for Heroku, which we’ll cover later.
slug.json is for Hem, see the article on that for more information. The rest is your classical MVC structure, which should look very familiar to you if you’ve used Rails.
First let’s navigate to our application, and install it’s npm dependencies:
$ cd my_app $ npm install .
These dependencies will be stored locally in the
my_app/npm_modules folder. Spine.app is currently set up to help you build a app that is fairly compatible with less capable browsers by relying on some shims and including jquery 1.9.1. If you are targeting more cutting edge browsers you’ll want to refine your dependencies in
Now you can generate some controllers, models and get to building your app!
Simple enough, just use the
controller generator, specifying the name of the controller.
spine controller users
In the example above, Spine will generate a controller under
Spine = require('spine') class Users extends Spine.Controller constructor: -> super module.exports = Users
And a jasmine spec under
By convention, your controllers should be plural and your models singular. Spine.app does nothing to enforce this, it’s up to you.
models generator, specifying the name of the model.
spine model user
In the example above, Spine will generate a model under
Spine = require('spine') class User extends Spine.Model @configure "User"
And a jasmine spec under
As soon as it’s generated and its dependencies are installed your application will be ready to be served using Hem. Firstly, you’ll need to install Hem, and your application’s dependencies:
npm install . npm install -g hem
And now we can use Hem to serve up the application:
For more information regarding Hem, please see the Hem Guide.
./public/application.js), all your CSS/Stylus to (
./public/application.css). You’ll need to do this before pushing your site to a remote server, so it can be served statically.
By default hem test expects the headless browser Phantom to be installed for running tests against but you can configure this to use others as well.
Testing in this way will build your CSS and JS and run the tests against those.
Assuming tests pass you would be able to commit it to your source controll and deploy
If you’re feeling lucky or if you ran your tests in the browser while
hem server was going you can go straight to
Now that your application has been serialized to disk using
hem build, you can deploy it. Heroku is a great option for serving Node.js and Rails applications.
If you take a peek inside
package.json, you’ll see that there’s a dependency on
ace. Ace is a super simple static file server, and all we need to serve up our application in production. Our application’s
Procfile looks like this:
web: ace ./public
This instructs Heroku to use Ace to serve up the application’s
Now, all we need to deploy our app is run a few Heroku commands. You’ll need to install the Heroku gem if you haven’t already.
heroku create my-spine-app --stack cedar git add . git commit -m "first deploy" git push heroku master heroku open
Voila! Your Spine application has been deployed.