A NodeJS V6 Universal React Boilerplate with an Amazing Developer Experience.
This boilerplate contains an absolutely minimal set of dependencies in order to get you up and running with a universal react project as quickly as possible. It provides you with a great development experience that includes hot reloading of everything.
fetchDatastatic methods where available
This boilerplate uses Webpack 2 to produce bundles for both the client and the server code.
The reasoning for using Webpack to bundle both the client and the server is to bring greater interop and extensibility to the table. This will for instance allowing server bundles to handle React components that introduce things like CSS or Images (as and when you add the respective loaders).
Given that we are bundling our server code I have included the
source-map-support module to ensure that we get nice stack traces when executing our code via node.
All the source code is written in ES2015, and I have explicitly kept it to the true specification (bar JSX syntax). As we are following this approach it is unnecessary for us to transpile our source code for the server into ES5, as
node v6 has native support for almost all of the ES2015 syntax. Our client (browser) bundle is however transpiled to ES5 code for maximum browser/device support.
The application configuration is supported by the
dotenv module and it requires you to create a
.env file in the project root (you can use the
.env.example as a base). The
.env file has been explicitly ignored from git as it will typically contain environment sensitive/specific information. In the usual case your continuous deployment tool of choice should configure the specific
.env file that is needed for a target environment.
/ |- lib // The target output dir for our library export | |- index.es.js // ES2015 module export | |- index.js // CommonJS export | |- build // The target output dir for our build commands. | |- client // The built client module. | |- server // The built server module | |- src // All the source code | |- common // Common utilities | |- config // Central configuration files | |- server // The server specific source | |- client // The client specific source | |- demo // Demo application | |- webpack // Build infrastructure | |- scripts // Available scripts when installed via npm | |- .babelrc // Dummy babel configuration |- .env.example // An example from which to create your own .env file. |- rollup.config.js // Configuration file for bundling scripts into executable
npm run start
Starts a development server for both the client and server bundles. We use
react-hot-loader v3 to power the hot reloading of the client bundle, whilst a filesystem watch is implemented to reload the server bundle when any changes have occurred.
npm run prod
Builds the client and server bundles, with the output being production optimized.
npm run prod:start
Executes the server. It expects you to have already built the bundles either via the
npm run build command or manually.
npm run clean
Deletes any build output that would have originated from the other commands.
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