node package manager



Reusable React environment and components for creating visualization engines.


script name description
canon-build Create all of the necessary bundles for a production deployment.
canon-dev Starts up a development server with hot-reloading.
canon-locales Parses all files in the ./app directory for strings either wrapped in a t() function or part of an <Interpolate> component. These strings will then be matched with any existing translation files that exist, resulting in JSON lookup files for every language specified in the environment variable. These files can be found in ./locales/<lang>/canon.json.
canon-start Starts up a web server for a production environment.

Environment Variables

Interacting with the internals of canon is done by specifying environment variables. The most common way to set environment variables is to use autoenv (installed with brew install autoenv), which will detect any file named .env located in a project folder. This file should not be pushed to the repository, as it usually contains variables specific to the current environment (testing locally, running on a server etc).

Here is an example .env file which turns off the default redux messages seen in the browser console and changes the default localization language:

export CANON_LOGREDUX=false

Z shell users: when installing autoenv, the following line needs to be placed in your shell config (usually ~/.zshrc):

source /usr/local/opt/autoenv/
variable description default
CANON_API Used as a prefix with the fetchData action and the attribute types returned from the ATTRS url. undefined
CANON_ATTRS A URL that should return a list of attribute classification strings to be pre-cached and passed to the default redux store. undefined
CANON_DB_NAME Postgres database name. undefined
CANON_DB_USER Postgres database user. undefined
CANON_DB_HOST Postgres database host. ""
CANON_DB_PW Postgres database password. null
CANON_GOOGLE_ANALYTICS The unique Google Analytics ID for the project (ex. "UA-########-#"). undefined
CANON_HELMET_FRAMEGUARD Pass-through option for the "frameguard" property of the helmet initialization. false
CANON_LANGUAGES A comma-separated list of languages to be used in generating localization bundles. "en"
CANON_LANGUAGE_DEFAULT The default/fallback language for the site. "en"
CANON_LOGINS Whether or not to attach views and connect database table for user login and management. false
CANON_LOGREDUX Whether or not to display the (rather verbose) Redux store events in the browser console. true
CANON_PORT The port to use for the server. 3300
CANON_SESSION_SECRET A unique secret key to use for cookies. The "name" field from package.json
CANON_SESSION_TIMEOUT The timeout, in milliseconds, for user authentication cookies. 3600000 (one hour)
NODE_ENV The current environment. Setting to production will result in the removal of browser development tools and return smaller package sizes. development