Yeoman generator for creating MEAN stack applications, using MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node
Yeoman generator for creating MEAN stack applications, using MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node. Extended from Angular JS + Express Full Stack Generator
npm install -g generator-dcx
Make a new directory, and
cd into it:
mkdir my-new-project && cd $_
yo dcx, optionally passing an app name:
yo dcx [app-name]
Launch your express server in development mode.
Launch your express server in production mode, uses the minified/optimized production folder.
grunt serve will watch client files in
app/, and server files inside
lib/, restarting the Express server when a change is detected.
To generate a dist folder that can easily be deployed use:
This will run unit tests, jshint, concatenate and minify scripts/css, compress images, add css vendor prefixes, and finally copy all files to a tidy dist folder.
Alternatively to skip tests and jshint, use:
We provide an extremely simplifed deployment process for heroku.
yo dcx:deploy heroku generates a
dist folder that is deployment ready for heroku.com.
Create and Deploy an app in 4 steps
mkdir foo && cd foo
yo dcx:deploy heroku
cd dist && git push heroku master
Optional (if using mongoDB)
heroku addons:add mongohq
That's it! Your app should be live and shareable. Type
heroku open to view it.
If your app uses the Passport boilerplate for accounts, you'll of course want to restrict access to certain client routes/api routes.
For protecting server API routes, we can use the
auth middleware, which will send a 401 unauthorized error if a user makes a request without being logged in.
For protecting client routes, we automatically handle 401s sent from the server by redirecting you to the login page.
However, as this will load part of the page before redirecting, it will cause a flicker. So this should only be used as a fallback mechanism. A better way to handle restricted pages is to mark the routes on the client side that you want to require authentication for.
You can easily do this from your
app.js by adding the following to any client routes that need protecting.
This redirects the user to the login page before attempting to load the new route, avoiding the flicker.
Please keep in mind this client routing is only for improving the user interface. Anyone with chrome developer tools can easily get around it and view pages they're not supposed to see.
This is not a problem as long as you secure your server API routes, ensuring that you don't give any sensitive information unless the user is authenticated or authorized.
Similarly to how the
auth middleware checks if a user authenticated before going to the next route, you could easily make an ensureAuthorized middleware that checks the users role, or some other field, before sending them to the protected route, otherwise it sends a
Available Angular generators:
Available Fullstack generators:
Note: Generators are to be run from the root directory of your app.
All of the generator-dcx client side generators are available, but aliased using
They are aliased to ensure the files they generate are added to the correct folders and that the
index.(html/jade) is updated properly.
Read more on them from the offical generator angular documentation
Initalizes a heroku app and generates a
dist folder which is ready to push to heroku.
yo dcx:deploy heroku
After app modifications run:
then commit and push the dist folder.
In general, these options can be applied to any generator, though they only affect generators that produce scripts.
For generators that output views, the
--jade option will output Jade instead of HTML.
yo dcx --jade
Changes the rendering engine from EJS to Jade, and generates your views as jade files instead of HTML.
Assets that will be minified or compressed such as scripts, styles, and images, must still use normal html tags so they can be picked up by grunt-usemin and compressed for production builds.
For generators that output scripts, the
yo dcx:controller user --coffee
Related Issue #452: This option is being removed in future versions of the generator.
By default, generators produce unannotated code. Without annotations, AngularJS's DI system will break when minified. ngMin is used to add these annotations before minification.
By default, new scripts are added to the index file. However, this may not always be suitable. Some use cases:
To skip adding them to the index, pass in the skip-add argument:
yo dcx:service serviceName --skip-add
The following packages are always installed by the app generator:
The following additional modules are available as components on bower, and installable via
All of these can be updated with
bower update as new versions of AngularJS are released.
grunt test will run the unit tests with karma.
See the contributing docs
When submitting an issue, please follow the guidelines. Especially important is to make sure Yeoman is up-to-date, and providing the command or commands that cause the issue.
When submitting a PR, make sure that the commit messages match the AngularJS conventions.