Tutorial: Full-stack JavaScript for the Enterprise. Getting started with: Ext JS, Node.js, Express, MongoDB and Docker. (2)

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This is part II of the tutorial, and covers: JavaScript on the server.

Node.js: Setup the back-end with Express 4

Now that the client Sencha app is ready to be served, we need to create our server to display the Sencha app in the browser. What you see in the client folder, those are the development files (classes), which you use on your workstation.

We are going to use Express.js plus a couple of other modules to make our server app, serve pages, so let’s install all those.
(First navigate out the client folder, then..)

client $ cd ../server/
$ npm install --save express compression morgan errorhandler

Now let’s create the following folder structure:

$ mkdir -p config
$ mkdir -p components/errors
$ mkdir views

And the following files:

$ touch app.js
$ touch routes.js
$ touch config/index.js
$ touch config/express.js
$ touch components/errors/index.js
$ touch views/404.html

Let’s look into all the files:

In server/routes.js we define some configuration for the routes, like 404 and other routes.
The file looks like this:

In server/config/index.js we define some common configuration for the server:

And in server/config/express.js we setup Express to serve our files. Note that we point here to the production build of the Sencha app.

In server/components/errors/index.js we define app errors like how 404 should behave and what to respond with.

The server/views/index.html view:


Finally the server/views/404.html view:

<title>Oops</title> <h1>404 Not Found</h1>

Now we are ready to start the server:

$ node app.js
Express server listening on 8080, in development mode.

You can now open your browser, the Node server, should serve the production version of your Sencha app. http://localhost:8080.

Before we move on, let’s create a very simple API route, which outputs json data. We will tweak the Sencha client app, so it retrieves the data from Node.

$ mkdir libs
$ cd libs
$ mkdir users
$ cd users
$ touch index.js 

Here’s the contents for the users/index.js file. Like I mentioned before, it doesn’t do anything special then outputting data. But this could be a great point to start for you.

Once you saved this file. We need to create a new route: http://localhost:8080/users/.
We will be able to test this route, when entered in the browser. Node.js needs to be (node app.js).

You can create this file, by opening server/routes.js and add the following route:

    .get(function (req, res) {
        var us = new UsersService();
        us.getData(req, res);

Want to checkout all my code? I hosted it on Github:

By the end of this part of the tutorial, you will have a working JavaScript server, created with Node.js and Express. The next part of this tutorial will cover the setup of a MongoDB NoSQL database.

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  1. Don says on
    November 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    If ‘server/views/index.html’ is only “welcome title” , how can I run the the ExtJS client app from tut#1 in localhost:8080 (by node app.js)?
    Is there step missing or I didn’t understood well?

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