Before you begin we recommend you read about the basic building blocks that assemble a MEAN.JS application:
Make sure you have installed all these prerequisites on your development machine.
$ npm install -g bower
$ sudo npm install -g grunt-cli
There are several ways you can get the MEAN.JS boilerplate:
The recommended way would be to use the Official Yo Generator which will generate the latest stable copy of the MEAN.JS boilerplate and supplies multiple sub-generators to ease your daily development cycles.
You can also use Git to directly clone the MEAN.JS repository:
$ git clone meanjs
This will clone the latest version of the MEAN.JS repository to a meanjs folder.
Another way to use the MEAN.JS boilerplate is to download a zip copy from the master branch on GitHub. You can also do this using
$ wget -O meanjs.zip; unzip meanjs.zip; rm meanjs.zip
Don't forget to rename mean-master after your project name.
Once you've downloaded the boilerplate and installed all the prerequisites, you're just a few steps away from starting to develop you MEAN application.
The first thing you should do is install the Node.js dependencies. The boilerplate comes pre-bundled with a package.json file that contains the list of modules you need to start your application, to learn more about the modules installed visit the NPM & Package.json section.
To install Node.js dependencies you're going to use npm again, in the application folder run this in the command-line:
$ npm install
This command does a few things:
After the install process is over, you'll be able to run your application using Grunt, just run grunt default task:
Your application should run on the 3000 port so in your browser just go to http://localhost:3000
That's it! your application should be running by now, to proceed with your development check the other sections in this documentation. If you encounter any problem try the Troubleshooting section.
$ fig up
$ docker build -t mean .$ docker run -p 27017:27017 -d --name db mongo$ docker run -p 3000:3000 --link db:db_1 mean$
$ docker run -p 3000:3000 -p 35729:35729 -v /Users/mdl/workspace/mean-stack/mean/public:/home/mean/public -v /Users/mdl/workspace/mean-stack/mean/app:/home/mean/app --link db:db_1 mean
To run your application in a secure manner you'll need to use OpenSSL and generate a set of self-signed certificates. Unix-based users can use the following commnad:
$ sh generate-ssl-certs.sh
Windows users can follow instructions found here To generate the key and certificate and place them in the config/sslcert folder.
You have your application running but there are a lot of stuff to understand, we recommend you'll go over the Official Documentation. In the docs we'll try to explain both general concepts of MEAN components and give you some guidelines to help you improve your development process. We tried covering as many aspects as possible, and will keep update it by your request, you can also help us develop the documentation better by checking out the gh-pages branch of this repository.
Browse the live MEAN.JS example on http://meanjs.herokuapp.com.
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