LoopBack Sample Application

Welcome to the StrongLoop Cloud Experience!

This Cloud 9 Workspace contains several StrongLoop products including slc (CLI), LoopBack (API Server) and the StrongOps agent (DevOps and Performance Monitoring) for you to try in the cloud (Cloud 9, to be exact) before downloading and installing them on your own.

Before we really get into the StrongLoop Suite, take a minute to familiarize yourself with the Cloud 9 IDE.

  • The left edge of the screen is a full view of the projects, with all the wonderful files and folders therein. Feel free to have a look around, but we recommend finishing this README before exploring too much.
  • On the top of the screen is the main menu, the toolbar, and the tabs. Boring, but necessary. The most necessary element is the "Run" button, which we'll come to shortly.
  • At the bottom is a two-tab interface: Terminal and Output. The Terminal allows you to (as you might expect) run commands and interact with your current application/project. The Output tab contains the logs for the running instance of your application.
  • When you run the application it'll be necessary to open multiple terminal windows to run multiple processes at the same time, to open a new terminal window go to the "View" menu and choose "Terminals"->New Terminal
  • The panel you're currently reading from is the main code editor; as we walk through Node examples, this panel will host all of the code being discussed.
  • The panel on the right is a full, working browser window. No browser? Let's fix that:

Remember that friendly, green "Run" button in the main menu? Go ahead and give 'er a click. The LoopBack Sample App should begin running, and the bottom Output tab should become visible. If not, select Output in the bottom pane and take note of a few things:

Your code is running at ''.
Important: use 'process.env.PORT' as the port and 'process.env.IP' as the host in your scripts!
Using the memory connector.
To specify another connector:
  DB=oracle node app

The first is that the application has run successfully. If that's no the case (for example, if the word Exception and a big, scary stack trace have been produced, then something's wrong!), then please reach out and we'll gladly give you a hand.

Second, click the blue link in that first message. If the right browser tab was hidden, it'll reveal itself ... along with the home page of the SLS Sample.

Third, it's MUCH better if you view the home page of the sample application in a browser on your local machine. To do so, click the detach icon on the browser pane, next to the close icon. This will open a new browser tab or window on your local browser with the home page.

Lastly, note the URL of your sample app in the browser pane. It's the same URL that should be displayed in the Output tab after "Your code is running at...".

Now that you have the Sample App running, embiggen (and, yes, that's a word) the browser tab on the right or on your local browser and take a peek. The Next Steps are inside!