Modern Web Development Setup – The End

It’s been more than a year since I wrote the previous article for the Modern Web Development Setup series. It’s time to admit I’m not going to finalise the series and put an end to it. Especially in the beginning, it was a very educational and entertaining experience to write articles about the web development stuff I was interested in. At that time – mid 2017 – my plan was to complete the series within a few months, but the writing took longer than I expected. And here I am two years and six months later and the series is[…]

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Modern Web Development Setup – Auth Service

It’s been about a year since my last post in this series. Things have – surprise surprise – changed quite a lot in a year, but even if I’d like to update the chosen tech, I’ll mostly use what I originally chose. However, I’ll make a couple of major version updates for the Auth service: Node 6.10.2 -> 8.11.2 Restify 4.3.0 -> 7.2.0 The Shippable node image was also updated to 6.5.4 to get Node 8.11.2 support. Due to the node version update the Dockerfiles for all the components were updated as well. Overall Target As mentioned in the introduction[…]

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Modern Web Development Setup – Acceptance Testing

Introduction In this article we’ll continue setting up the CI/CD system. We’ll setup Kontena-based acceptance testing environments into UpCloud and configure them into our Shippable CI/CD pipeline. Acceptance Test Environment Setup New Kontena Environment Creation To start with, we’ll create acceptance testing CI (atci) and acceptance testing environments. The atci environment is meant for running automated acceptance tests and the acceptance testing environment is meant for manual acceptance testing:

We’ll follow the setup according to the test environment setup in previous articles. We’ll set up the acceptance testing environments under at. and atci. subdomains. Before integrating the environments with[…]

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Berlin Wrap-Up and Summer Plans

I left Berlin already few weeks ago so I’ll write a bit about it and I’ll also wrap up my digital nomad travelling endeavours for the spring and summer time. Berlin The wiki travel article sums up Berlin quite nicely so I won’t write more about that. For me the main reasons for going to Berlin were the coworking space boom and decent price level. I also wanted to get more familiar with the German / Berlin web development scene and network a bit. The feeling in Berlin – at least in Neukölln area – was quite cozy and it[…]

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Malta Wrap-Up

Alrighty, I’ve been busy enjoying Berlin, but here is the Malta wrap-up. On my way to Malta I spend few days in Madrid. The weather happened to be perfect for those days so it was nice to see some sights and hang around in the Buen Retiro Park. I’ll definitely consider staying in Madrid a bit longer if an opportunity arises. Malta Malta is a small island (or archipelago) south of Sicily, Italy. Due to its small 316 km2 size and a population of around 450,000 Malta is one of the most most densely populated countries. Originally I ended up selecting Malta for a travel destination due to nice[…]

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Modern Web Development Setup – The Testing Environment (2/2)

Test Strategy for the Authentication Service I come from the embedded software world where out-of-the-box solutions rarely exist, and setting up proper acceptance or integration test environments usually requires physical devices and quite a bit of in-house software to get everything working. Compared to that, the web development world is quite different with various available testing services and tools which make the high level system testing possible with much less resources. Based on various web discussion forums and blogs it seems that the testing is seen as a crucial part of the web development, and test automation is highly recommended. One of the[…]

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Modern Web Development Setup – The Testing Environment (1/2)

Testing and Deployment Overview Before setting up the needed environments, it’s good to define the high level targets. The general idea in this setup is to make the deployments and testing automated where feasible, yet keep the system simple enough to implement and maintain. The target is to set up the system in such a way that acceptance testing and production environment updates are triggered manually even if the deployments are automated. Development Environment The local development environment is where the development is done. Created pull-requests, merges and other actions trigger jobs for the CI system. Version Control System The version control system keeps track[…]

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Modern Web Development Setup – The Local Development Environment

Alrighty, time to get something concrete done! But let’s check a few things before creating the first versions of the service components. Conventions, Practices & Configurations Coding Conventions I’m using Atom code editor and ESLint with Airbnb’s React coding conventions. There are other convention alternatives also available, but with I’ve been happy with these after a few minor modifications. The setup is needed for Front, App and Auth Services. In macOS the following commands in terminal will do the magic and install the module along with needed dependencies:

For Atom, linter, linter-eslint and language-babel packages provide the needed features – and the default language-javascript package[…]

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Modern Web Development Setup – Introduction

Foreword I used to be a hobby php developer back in the days when I was a student, but for the last 10 years I’ve mostly worked in the embedded software scene. Last year I started working as a contractor web developer and I’ve been learning and working with web technologies ever since. With this background I’ve been learning and finding out what are the best ways to build web services these days and what tools and processes are effective for getting things done. There is a huge amount of information available in the web, but few articles offer more than bits and pieces[…]

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Malta – Initial Impressions

Arrangement Challenges For Malta I tried to organise the accommodation, work desk and gym in the best possible way so that I could get the usual daily things done efficiently. So the first thing I did was the booking of a coworking space and I ended up selecting Oasis Offices since they offer very nice coworking plans including 24/7 access, coffee & tee and even dual monitors. Even if the price is a bit higher than average I thought it was worth it. After reserving the coworking space I booked the flights and a nice room from a local apartment. I reserved the room[…]

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