The Backend

Use Containers

Let us go with a devops-first approach:

Our smallest experiments, no matter how trivial, will be closest to production best practices!

Note: Even without the video, you can learn all the crucial details from the steps that are documented below

  1. Login to your cloud-box over ssh.
    • Create it if you haven't done so already.
    • This will be a robust environment for learning.
  2. To start with a clean environment, run:
    mkdir -p ~/workspace && \
    cd ~/workspace && \
    rm -rf loopback-zero-to-hero && \
    mkdir -p ~/workspace/loopback-zero-to-hero && \
    cd ~/workspace/loopback-zero-to-hero
    
  3. Setup your IDE to work with the remote directory on the cloud-box.
    1. Create New Project named loopback-zero-to-hero
    2. For Deployment Path use /root/workspace/loopback-zero-to-hero
  4. In your IDE, create a Dockerfile with the following content:

    # Use latest version 4.x of NodeJS
    # https://hub.docker.com/_/node/
    FROM node:4
    
    # install some useful tools
    RUN apt-get -y update
    RUN apt-get install -y tree
    RUN apt-get install -y vim
    
    # configure terminal access
    # https://github.com/dockerfile/mariadb/issues/3
    ENV TERM=xterm
    
    # configure envirnoment to work with tools used for tailing
    # https://github.com/jfrazelle/dockerfiles/issues/12
    ENV DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive
    RUN apt-get install -y less
    
    RUN mkdir -p /apps/loopback-zero-to-hero
    WORKDIR /apps/loopback-zero-to-hero
    
  5. Create a docker-compose.yml file to install and run a reasonably up to date version of NodeJS:

    version: '2'
    services:
      loopback-zero-to-hero:
        build:
          context: ./
        ports:
          - "3000:3000"
        volumes:
          - ~/workspace/loopback-zero-to-hero:/apps/loopback-zero-to-hero
    
  6. Start the service: docker-compose up and after it finishes running, you should see something like the following at the very end:
    WARNING: Image for service loopback-zero-to-hero was built because it did not already exist. To rebuild this image you must use `docker-compose build` or `docker-compose up --build`.
    Creating loopbackzerotohero_loopback-zero-to-hero_1
    Attaching to loopbackzerotohero_loopback-zero-to-hero_1
    loopbackzerotohero_loopback-zero-to-hero_1 exited with code 0
    

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