Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Angular Application Testing Installation Notes

To maximize our time together learning to test Angular applications, please take care of the following before the workshop. The total time to install the software should be less than 30 minutes. If you have questions, please contact me via email: rockncoder@gmail.com.


  1. Install a web development IDE
    1. For the workshop, I will be doing everything in WebStorm. If you are accustomed to a different IDE for web development, you may use it, but please know how to use it. I, unfortunately, won't be able to give you much advice on using any of IDEs there are available. WebStorm is a paid application but has a 30-day free trial version available.
  2. Install Git
    1. We will be using Git Bundles for the workshop. They will allow us to advance through the course together and recover from hard to find coding bugs. The latest version is 2.11.0. If have it already, but your version is older than 2.6, please update it.
    2. Git is free.
  3. Install Node.js
    1. We need node.js installed on our development machines. If you have a version older than 7.0.0, please upgrade. I will be using node version 7.7.0.
  4. Upgrade npm
    1. NPM comes with node.js but the version installed is usually out of date with the current release. I will be using version 4.1.2. Please update it by entering the following command in the terminal:
    2. npm install npm -g
  5. The Angular CLI
    1. The angular core team created the Angular CLI to make it easier to build, test, and maintain angular projects. It is installed with npm. You must use at version 1.0.0. Please don't use any beta version they will not have the features I will be using.
    2. npm install -g  @angular/cli

The code and slides won't be finished until the morning of the class but I've listed their URLs below.The slides are at: https://www.slideshare.net/rockncoder/angular-application-testing

The code at: https://github.com/Rockncoder/gh-stars-testing
The repo is at: https://github.com/Rockncoder/gh-stars-testing.git

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Angular 2 + Material Angular + Firebase Contacts App

Angular 2 is great by itself, but when you combine it with Firebase it because absolutely amazing. Then add Material Angular and now you have a site which scales from desktop to mobile and has no backend. 

I will flush out the meat of this post later, but I want to share this out since there is a lot of interest in the community. 

The code is available on GitHub, https://github.com/Rockncoder/contacts-troy

A demo of the site is running at: https://contacts-troy.firebaseapp.com


There is one missing file, src/app/FirebaseConfig.ts.
It contains all of your firebase configuration information.

export const firebaseConfig = {
  apiKey: "xxxxxxxxxxxxxcxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
  authDomain: "xxxxxxxxx.firebaseapp.com",
  databaseURL: "https://xxxxxxxxxxx.firebaseio.com",
  storageBucket: "xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.appspot.com",
  messagingSenderId: "xxxxxxxxxxx"
};

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

React Mini Session Installation Notes

Our goal is to deploy our completed React mini app to Firebase by the end of the evening. So, this mini-session will move really fast and unlike our weekend workshops, I won't have time to stop and help, but if you install everything before Tuesday night you should be able to keep up.
It should only take about 30 minutes to install everything below. If you have questions, please contact me via email: rockncoder@gmail.com.

  1. Install a web development IDE
    1. For the workshop, I will be doing everything in WebStorm. If you are accustomed to a different IDE for web development, you may use it, but please know how to use it. I, unfortunately, won't be able to give you much advice on using any of IDEs there are available. WebStorm is a paid application but it has a 30-day free trial version available.
  2. Install Git
    1. We will be using Git Bundles for the workshop. They will allow us to advance through the course together and recover from hard to find coding bugs. The latest version is 2.11.0. If have it already, but your version is older than 2.6, please update it.
    2. Git is free.
  3. Install Node.js
    1. We need node.js installed on our development machines. If you have a version older than 6.9.4, please upgrade. I will be using node version 7.4.0.
  4. Upgrade npm
    1. NPM comes with node.js but the version installed is usually out of date with the current release. Please update it by entering the following command in the terminal:
    2. npm install npm -g
  5. Firebase
    1. Firebase is both a real-time database and a cloud hosting platform. They make it relatively easy to build "backend-less" websites. They have a FREE developer price tier called "Spark". It is a perfect place to stash your experiments. They are will be accessible publicly over HTTPS.
    2. Go to https://firebase.google.com then click "Pricing" from the top menu. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. On the first column, "SPARK" click the button, "START NOW". Complete the sign up for the free account.
    3. Install the firebase command line tools
    4. npm install -g firebase-tools

Please take care of everything on the list before the mini-session. We won't have time during it. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me by email: rockncoder@gmail.com.