Samuel Tucker

Samuel Tucker

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Easily Deploy a Serverless Node App with ZEIT Now

I wanted to deploy a simple demo Node app the other day using Now, and I got into a lot of difficulties and gotchas, with little help from the official docs. If you are in my shoes, this is for you, otherwise, read on to find out how to deploy a node app easily using the Now CLI tool.

NodeJS is a JavaScript runtime environment that runs outside a browser. Applications and APIs can be built using NodeJS. APIs are ways by which applications share data. These apps or APIs, however, need to be hosted on the internet to be accessible by other applications on the internet.

Table of Contents

  • TL:DR
  • Installation
  • Create a Web Server
  • Deploy Application using Now
  • Gotcha
  • Conclusion

TL:DR

Deploy a Node app in the following steps:

  • Create a now.json file in your node project.
  • Specify the build file and the required builder ( @now/node-server for node apps).
  • Create the route for each API endpoint, in now.json.
  • Ensure the entry filename of your server is index.js else specify home route in now.json.
  • Use the now command to publish.

ZEIT Now is a cloud deployment and severless solution offering a seamless way to deploy both static and dynamic applications.

Installation Nodejs

As this is a Nodejs project, check that you have node and its accompanying package manager, npm, installed with:

node -v && npm -v

This would print the current version numbers if installed. If you don’t have it installed, go on the nodejs page to download and install it.

Next, install the Now CLI tool globally from npm with:

npm install -g now

Create a new now-express project directory using:

mkdir now-express

In the project directory, create a bare node project with this command:

npm init -y

This creates a node project having a default configuration with an accompanying package.json file.

Install express in the project using:

npm install --save express

Express is a Node.js framework for building web servers efficiently.

Create a Web Server

Create a new folder in the root directory called index.js, this can have any title, and it serves as the entry point of the application. In index.js import express, use the built-in body parser in express and create a listener on port 5000. Do this with:

const express = require("express");
const app = express();

const port = 5000;

// Body parser
app.use(express.urlencoded({ extended: false }));

// Listen on port 5000
app.listen(port, () => {
  console.log(`Server is booming on port 5000
Visit http://localhost:5000`);
});

In index.js Create the home route and two simple mock API endpoints with:

// Import Dependencies

//Specify port

// Body parser

// Home route
app.get("/", (req, res) => {
  res.send("Welcome to a basic express App");
});

// Mock APIs
app.get("/users", (req, res) => {
  res.json([
    { name: "William", location: "Abu Dhabi" },
    { name: "Chris", location: "Vegas" }
  ]);
});

app.post("/user", (req, res) => {
  const { name, location } = req.body;

  res.send({ status: "User created", name, location });
});

Here, we created two API endpoints to get user and to send a user through. The endpoint which posts a user to the server returns this user in its response.

In the package.json file include a script to start the server. Update package.json to:

{
  "name": "now-express",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "",
  "main": "index.js",
  "scripts": {
    "start": "node index.js",
  },
  "keywords": [],
  "author": "William Imoh",
  "license": "MIT",
  "dependencies": {
    "express": "^4.17.1",
    "nodemon": "^1.19.1"
  }
}

To launch the server, run the command:

npm run start

Navigate to http://localhost:5000 on the browser to see the simple page.

Easily Deploy a Serverless Node App with ZEIT Now
You can check out the /users route in the browser and make an API call to /user with data using Postman.

Deploy Application using Now

Now requires a configuration file now.json with which it builds a node application and creates a lambda. In the absence of the configuration file, the files are served statically. Create a file named now.json in the root folder of the application.

In the configuration file, key parameters required to build the app are specified with the more important ones being the build and the builders. Create a build for the index.js file in now.json with:

{
  "version": 2,
  "builds": [{ "src": "index.js", "use": "@now/node-server" }],
}

Here, we first specified the version of the Now platform (version 2), then we specified the source file for the node app. The @now/node-server builder is used and recommended for node apps.

Using the @now/node builder throws an error when you access the application after deployment. @now/node is recommended for single node serverless functions.
Easily Deploy a Serverless Node App with ZEIT Now

You can read more about builds and builders.

While this setup will ship our application and provide a valid URL, we must specify the API routes else they will not be available when the app is deployed. Here’s a sample error page from navigating to any route or route group when it’s not specified in now.json.

Easily Deploy a Serverless Node App with ZEIT Now

In now.json create a key for routes, edit now.json to:

{
  "version": 2,
  "builds": [{ "src": "index.js", "use": "@now/node-server" }],
  "routes": [
    {
      "src": "/users",
      "dest": "/index.js",
      "methods": ["GET"]
    },
    {
      "src": "/user",
      "dest": "/index.js",
      "methods": ["POST"]
    }
  ]
}

This points the two available endpoints to destination pathnames as well as specifying the HTTP verbs available on each endpoint. Failure to state the applicable methods leaves the endpoint open to any kind of HTTP request.

The routes also take keys specifying applicable headers and status codes for each route. You can find more about handling routes in deployment here.

In the command line, deploy your application using:

now

This deploys your application and provides a valid URL, in my case, I have:

Easily Deploy a Serverless Node App with ZEIT Now

You can find the app on https://now-express.williamimoh.now.sh Navigate to /users to see an object with data from the server.

Gotcha

One key thing to note, while you may have a different name for your server file other than index.js, Now requires that the entry file name is index to be recognised, as well as the correct file extension. Failure to adhere to this naming convention will have your app being rendered using Now’s directory listing.

Now requires the entry node file to be named index.js.

A workaround to this is to specify the home route in the now.json and point the destination to the server file. Even at this, the build source file specified in now.json will direct to the server file.

Assuming we rename the entry file of this project from index.js to server.js, now.json becomes:

{
  "version": 2,
  "builds": [{ "src": "server.js", "use": "@now/node-server" }],
  "routes": [
    {
      "src": "/",
      "dest": "/server.js",
      "methods": ["GET"]
    },
    {
      "src": "/users",
      "dest": "/server.js",
      "methods": ["GET"]
    },
    {
      "src": "/user",
      "dest": "/server.js",
      "methods": ["POST"]
    }
  ]
}

You can find the completed project on Github: https://github.com/Chuloo/now-express

Conclusion

In this post, we deployed a simple node app using Now and obtained a live URL. We also saw some gotchas with deploying an app using Now.

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Carmen  Grimes

Carmen Grimes

1595491178

Best Electric Bikes and Scooters for Rental Business or Campus Facility

The electric scooter revolution has caught on super-fast taking many cities across the globe by storm. eScooters, a renovated version of old-school scooters now turned into electric vehicles are an environmentally friendly solution to current on-demand commute problems. They work on engines, like cars, enabling short traveling distances without hassle. The result is that these groundbreaking electric machines can now provide faster transport for less — cheaper than Uber and faster than Metro.

Since they are durable, fast, easy to operate and maintain, and are more convenient to park compared to four-wheelers, the eScooters trend has and continues to spike interest as a promising growth area. Several companies and universities are increasingly setting up shop to provide eScooter services realizing a would-be profitable business model and a ready customer base that is university students or residents in need of faster and cheap travel going about their business in school, town, and other surrounding areas.

Electric Scooters Trends and Statistics

In many countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, China, Japan, India, Brazil and Mexico and more, a growing number of eScooter users both locals and tourists can now be seen effortlessly passing lines of drivers stuck in the endless and unmoving traffic.

A recent report by McKinsey revealed that the E-Scooter industry will be worth― $200 billion to $300 billion in the United States, $100 billion to $150 billion in Europe, and $30 billion to $50 billion in China in 2030. The e-Scooter revenue model will also spike and is projected to rise by more than 20% amounting to approximately $5 billion.

And, with a necessity to move people away from high carbon prints, traffic and congestion issues brought about by car-centric transport systems in cities, more and more city planners are developing more bike/scooter lanes and adopting zero-emission plans. This is the force behind the booming electric scooter market and the numbers will only go higher and higher.

Companies that have taken advantage of the growing eScooter trend develop an appthat allows them to provide efficient eScooter services. Such an app enables them to be able to locate bike pick-up and drop points through fully integrated google maps.

List of Best Electric Bikes for Rental Business or Campus Facility 2020:

It’s clear that e scooters will increasingly become more common and the e-scooter business model will continue to grab the attention of manufacturers, investors, entrepreneurs. All this should go ahead with a quest to know what are some of the best electric bikes in the market especially for anyone who would want to get started in the electric bikes/scooters rental business.

We have done a comprehensive list of the best electric bikes! Each bike has been reviewed in depth and includes a full list of specs and a photo.

Billy eBike

mobile-best-electric-bikes-scooters https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enkicycles/billy-were-redefining-joyrides

To start us off is the Billy eBike, a powerful go-anywhere urban electric bike that’s specially designed to offer an exciting ride like no other whether you want to ride to the grocery store, cafe, work or school. The Billy eBike comes in 4 color options – Billy Blue, Polished aluminium, Artic white, and Stealth black.

Price: $2490

Available countries

Available in the USA, Europe, Asia, South Africa and Australia.This item ships from the USA. Buyers are therefore responsible for any taxes and/or customs duties incurred once it arrives in your country.

Features

  • Control – Ride with confidence with our ultra-wide BMX bars and a hyper-responsive twist throttle.
  • Stealth- Ride like a ninja with our Gates carbon drive that’s as smooth as butter and maintenance-free.
  • Drive – Ride further with our high torque fat bike motor, giving a better climbing performance.
  • Accelerate – Ride quicker with our 20-inch lightweight cutout rims for improved acceleration.
  • Customize – Ride your own way with 5 levels of power control. Each level determines power and speed.
  • Flickable – Ride harder with our BMX /MotoX inspired geometry and lightweight aluminum package

Specifications

  • Maximum speed: 20 mph (32 km/h)
  • Range per charge: 41 miles (66 km)
  • Maximum Power: 500W
  • Motor type: Fat Bike Motor: Bafang RM G060.500.DC
  • Load capacity: 300lbs (136kg)
  • Battery type: 13.6Ah Samsung lithium-ion,
  • Battery capacity: On/off-bike charging available
  • Weight: w/o batt. 48.5lbs (22kg), w/ batt. 54lbs (24.5kg)
  • Front Suspension: Fully adjustable air shock, preload/compression damping /lockout
  • Rear Suspension: spring, preload adjustment
  • Built-in GPS

Why Should You Buy This?

  • Riding fun and excitement
  • Better climbing ability and faster acceleration.
  • Ride with confidence
  • Billy folds for convenient storage and transportation.
  • Shorty levers connect to disc brakes ensuring you stop on a dime
  • belt drives are maintenance-free and clean (no oil or lubrication needed)

**Who Should Ride Billy? **

Both new and experienced riders

**Where to Buy? **Local distributors or ships from the USA.

Genze 200 series e-Bike

genze-best-electric-bikes-scooters https://www.genze.com/fleet/

Featuring a sleek and lightweight aluminum frame design, the 200-Series ebike takes your riding experience to greater heights. Available in both black and white this ebike comes with a connected app, which allows you to plan activities, map distances and routes while also allowing connections with fellow riders.

Price: $2099.00

Available countries

The Genze 200 series e-Bike is available at GenZe retail locations across the U.S or online via GenZe.com website. Customers from outside the US can ship the product while incurring the relevant charges.

Features

  • 2 Frame Options
  • 2 Sizes
  • Integrated/Removable Battery
  • Throttle and Pedal Assist Ride Modes
  • Integrated LCD Display
  • Connected App
  • 24 month warranty
  • GPS navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Specifications

  • Maximum speed: 20 mph with throttle
  • Range per charge: 15-18 miles w/ throttle and 30-50 miles w/ pedal assist
  • Charging time: 3.5 hours
  • Motor type: Brushless Rear Hub Motor
  • Gears: Microshift Thumb Shifter
  • Battery type: Removable Samsung 36V, 9.6AH Li-Ion battery pack
  • Battery capacity: 36V and 350 Wh
  • Weight: 46 pounds
  • Derailleur: 8-speed Shimano
  • Brakes: Dual classic
  • Wheels: 26 x 20 inches
  • Frame: 16, and 18 inches
  • Operating Mode: Analog mode 5 levels of Pedal Assist Thrott­le Mode

Norco from eBikestore

norco-best-electric-bikes-scooters https://ebikestore.com/shop/norco-vlt-s2/

The Norco VLT S2 is a front suspension e-Bike with solid components alongside the reliable Bosch Performance Line Power systems that offer precise pedal assistance during any riding situation.

Price: $2,699.00

Available countries

This item is available via the various Norco bikes international distributors.

Features

  • VLT aluminum frame- for stiffness and wheel security.
  • Bosch e-bike system – for their reliability and performance.
  • E-bike components – for added durability.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes – offer riders more stopping power for safety and control at higher speeds.
  • Practical design features – to add convenience and versatility.

Specifications

  • Maximum speed: KMC X9 9spd
  • Motor type: Bosch Active Line
  • Gears: Shimano Altus RD-M2000, SGS, 9 Speed
  • Battery type: Power Pack 400
  • Battery capacity: 396Wh
  • Suspension: SR Suntour suspension fork
  • Frame: Norco VLT, Aluminum, 12x142mm TA Dropouts

Bodo EV

bodo-best-electric-bikes-scootershttp://www.bodoevs.com/bodoev/products_show.asp?product_id=13

Manufactured by Bodo Vehicle Group Limited, the Bodo EV is specially designed for strong power and extraordinary long service to facilitate super amazing rides. The Bodo Vehicle Company is a striking top in electric vehicles brand field in China and across the globe. Their Bodo EV will no doubt provide your riders with high-level riding satisfaction owing to its high-quality design, strength, breaking stability and speed.

Price: $799

Available countries

This item ships from China with buyers bearing the shipping costs and other variables prior to delivery.

Features

  • Reliable
  • Environment friendly
  • Comfortable riding
  • Fashionable
  • Economical
  • Durable – long service life
  • Braking stability
  • LED lighting technology

Specifications

  • Maximum speed: 45km/h
  • Range per charge: 50km per person
  • Charging time: 8 hours
  • Maximum Power: 3000W
  • Motor type: Brushless DC Motor
  • Load capacity: 100kg
  • Battery type: Lead-acid battery
  • Battery capacity: 60V 20AH
  • Weight: w/o battery 47kg

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Carmen  Grimes

Carmen Grimes

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How to start an electric scooter facility/fleet in a university campus/IT park

Are you leading an organization that has a large campus, e.g., a large university? You are probably thinking of introducing an electric scooter/bicycle fleet on the campus, and why wouldn’t you?

Introducing micro-mobility in your campus with the help of such a fleet would help the people on the campus significantly. People would save money since they don’t need to use a car for a short distance. Your campus will see a drastic reduction in congestion, moreover, its carbon footprint will reduce.

Micro-mobility is relatively new though and you would need help. You would need to select an appropriate fleet of vehicles. The people on your campus would need to find electric scooters or electric bikes for commuting, and you need to provide a solution for this.

To be more specific, you need a short-term electric bike rental app. With such an app, you will be able to easily offer micro-mobility to the people on the campus. We at Devathon have built Autorent exactly for this.

What does Autorent do and how can it help you? How does it enable you to introduce micro-mobility on your campus? We explain these in this article, however, we will touch upon a few basics first.

Micro-mobility: What it is

micro-mobility

You are probably thinking about micro-mobility relatively recently, aren’t you? A few relevant insights about it could help you to better appreciate its importance.

Micro-mobility is a new trend in transportation, and it uses vehicles that are considerably smaller than cars. Electric scooters (e-scooters) and electric bikes (e-bikes) are the most popular forms of micro-mobility, however, there are also e-unicycles and e-skateboards.

You might have already seen e-scooters, which are kick scooters that come with a motor. Thanks to its motor, an e-scooter can achieve a speed of up to 20 km/h. On the other hand, e-bikes are popular in China and Japan, and they come with a motor, and you can reach a speed of 40 km/h.

You obviously can’t use these vehicles for very long commutes, however, what if you need to travel a short distance? Even if you have a reasonable public transport facility in the city, it might not cover the route you need to take. Take the example of a large university campus. Such a campus is often at a considerable distance from the central business district of the city where it’s located. While public transport facilities may serve the central business district, they wouldn’t serve this large campus. Currently, many people drive their cars even for short distances.

As you know, that brings its own set of challenges. Vehicular traffic adds significantly to pollution, moreover, finding a parking spot can be hard in crowded urban districts.

Well, you can reduce your carbon footprint if you use an electric car. However, electric cars are still new, and many countries are still building the necessary infrastructure for them. Your large campus might not have the necessary infrastructure for them either. Presently, electric cars don’t represent a viable option in most geographies.

As a result, you need to buy and maintain a car even if your commute is short. In addition to dealing with parking problems, you need to spend significantly on your car.

All of these factors have combined to make people sit up and think seriously about cars. Many people are now seriously considering whether a car is really the best option even if they have to commute only a short distance.

This is where micro-mobility enters the picture. When you commute a short distance regularly, e-scooters or e-bikes are viable options. You limit your carbon footprints and you cut costs!

Businesses have seen this shift in thinking, and e-scooter companies like Lime and Bird have entered this field in a big way. They let you rent e-scooters by the minute. On the other hand, start-ups like Jump and Lyft have entered the e-bike market.

Think of your campus now! The people there might need to travel short distances within the campus, and e-scooters can really help them.

How micro-mobility can benefit you

benefits-micromobility

What advantages can you get from micro-mobility? Let’s take a deeper look into this question.

Micro-mobility can offer several advantages to the people on your campus, e.g.:

  • Affordability: Shared e-scooters are cheaper than other mass transportation options. Remember that the people on your campus will use them on a shared basis, and they will pay for their short commutes only. Well, depending on your operating model, you might even let them use shared e-scooters or e-bikes for free!
  • Convenience: Users don’t need to worry about finding parking spots for shared e-scooters since these are small. They can easily travel from point A to point B on your campus with the help of these e-scooters.
  • Environmentally sustainable: Shared e-scooters reduce the carbon footprint, moreover, they decongest the roads. Statistics from the pilot programs in cities like Portland and Denver showimpressive gains around this key aspect.
  • Safety: This one’s obvious, isn’t it? When people on your campus use small e-scooters or e-bikes instead of cars, the problem of overspeeding will disappear. you will see fewer accidents.

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Hermann  Frami

Hermann Frami

1655426640

Serverless Plugin for Microservice Code Management and Deployment

Serverless M

Serverless M (or Serverless Modular) is a plugin for the serverless framework. This plugins helps you in managing multiple serverless projects with a single serverless.yml file. This plugin gives you a super charged CLI options that you can use to create new features, build them in a single file and deploy them all in parallel

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Currently this plugin is tested for the below stack only

  • AWS
  • NodeJS λ
  • Rest API (You can use other events as well)

Prerequisites

Make sure you have the serverless CLI installed

# Install serverless globally
$ npm install serverless -g

Getting Started

To start the serverless modular project locally you can either start with es5 or es6 templates or add it as a plugin

ES6 Template install

# Step 1. Download the template
$ sls create --template-url https://github.com/aa2kb/serverless-modular/tree/master/template/modular-es6 --path myModularService

# Step 2. Change directory
$ cd myModularService

# Step 3. Create a package.json file
$ npm init

# Step 3. Install dependencies
$ npm i serverless-modular serverless-webpack webpack --save-dev

ES5 Template install

# Step 1. Download the template
$ sls create --template-url https://github.com/aa2kb/serverless-modular/tree/master/template/modular-es5 --path myModularService

# Step 2. Change directory
$ cd myModularService

# Step 3. Create a package.json file
$ npm init

# Step 3. Install dependencies
$ npm i serverless-modular --save-dev

If you dont want to use the templates above you can just add in your existing project

Adding it as plugin

plugins:
  - serverless-modular

Now you are all done to start building your serverless modular functions

API Reference

The serverless CLI can be accessed by

# Serverless Modular CLI
$ serverless modular

# shorthand
$ sls m

Serverless Modular CLI is based on 4 main commands

  • sls m init
  • sls m feature
  • sls m function
  • sls m build
  • sls m deploy

init command

sls m init

The serverless init command helps in creating a basic .gitignore that is useful for serverless modular.

The basic .gitignore for serverless modular looks like this

#node_modules
node_modules

#sm main functions
sm.functions.yml

#serverless file generated by build
src/**/serverless.yml

#main serverless directories generated for sls deploy
.serverless

#feature serverless directories generated sls deploy
src/**/.serverless

#serverless logs file generated for main sls deploy
.sm.log

#serverless logs file generated for feature sls deploy
src/**/.sm.log

#Webpack config copied in each feature
src/**/webpack.config.js

feature command

The feature command helps in building new features for your project

options (feature Command)

This command comes with three options

--name: Specify the name you want for your feature

--remove: set value to true if you want to remove the feature

--basePath: Specify the basepath you want for your feature, this base path should be unique for all features. helps in running offline with offline plugin and for API Gateway

optionsshortcutrequiredvaluesdefault value
--name-nstringN/A
--remove-rtrue, falsefalse
--basePath-pstringsame as name

Examples (feature Command)

Creating a basic feature

# Creating a jedi feature
$ sls m feature -n jedi

Creating a feature with different base path

# A feature with different base path
$ sls m feature -n jedi -p tatooine

Deleting a feature

# Anakin is going to delete the jedi feature
$ sls m feature -n jedi -r true

function command

The function command helps in adding new function to a feature

options (function Command)

This command comes with four options

--name: Specify the name you want for your function

--feature: Specify the name of the existing feature

--path: Specify the path for HTTP endpoint helps in running offline with offline plugin and for API Gateway

--method: Specify the path for HTTP method helps in running offline with offline plugin and for API Gateway

optionsshortcutrequiredvaluesdefault value
--name-nstringN/A
--feature-fstringN/A
--path-pstringsame as name
--method-mstring'GET'

Examples (function Command)

Creating a basic function

# Creating a cloak function for jedi feature
$ sls m function -n cloak -f jedi

Creating a basic function with different path and method

# Creating a cloak function for jedi feature with custom path and HTTP method
$ sls m function -n cloak -f jedi -p powers -m POST

build command

The build command helps in building the project for local or global scope

options (build Command)

This command comes with four options

--scope: Specify the scope of the build, use this with "--feature" tag

--feature: Specify the name of the existing feature you want to build

optionsshortcutrequiredvaluesdefault value
--scope-sstringlocal
--feature-fstringN/A

Saving build Config in serverless.yml

You can also save config in serverless.yml file

custom:
  smConfig:
    build:
      scope: local

Examples (build Command)

all feature build (local scope)

# Building all local features
$ sls m build

Single feature build (local scope)

# Building a single feature
$ sls m build -f jedi -s local

All features build global scope

# Building all features with global scope
$ sls m build -s global

deploy command

The deploy command helps in deploying serverless projects to AWS (it uses sls deploy command)

options (deploy Command)

This command comes with four options

--sm-parallel: Specify if you want to deploy parallel (will only run in parallel when doing multiple deployments)

--sm-scope: Specify if you want to deploy local features or global

--sm-features: Specify the local features you want to deploy (comma separated if multiple)

optionsshortcutrequiredvaluesdefault value
--sm-paralleltrue, falsetrue
--sm-scopelocal, globallocal
--sm-featuresstringN/A
--sm-ignore-buildstringfalse

Saving deploy Config in serverless.yml

You can also save config in serverless.yml file

custom:
  smConfig:
    deploy:
      scope: local
      parallel: true
      ignoreBuild: true

Examples (deploy Command)

Deploy all features locally

# deploy all local features
$ sls m deploy

Deploy all features globally

# deploy all global features
$ sls m deploy --sm-scope global

Deploy single feature

# deploy all global features
$ sls m deploy --sm-features jedi

Deploy Multiple features

# deploy all global features
$ sls m deploy --sm-features jedi,sith,dark_side

Deploy Multiple features in sequence

# deploy all global features
$ sls m deploy  --sm-features jedi,sith,dark_side --sm-parallel false

Author: aa2kb
Source Code: https://github.com/aa2kb/serverless-modular 
License: MIT license

#serverless #aws #node #lambda 

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Fredy Larson

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How long does it take to develop/build an app?

With more of us using smartphones, the popularity of mobile applications has exploded. In the digital era, the number of people looking for products and services online is growing rapidly. Smartphone owners look for mobile applications that give them quick access to companies’ products and services. As a result, mobile apps provide customers with a lot of benefits in just one device.

Likewise, companies use mobile apps to increase customer loyalty and improve their services. Mobile Developers are in high demand as companies use apps not only to create brand awareness but also to gather information. For that reason, mobile apps are used as tools to collect valuable data from customers to help companies improve their offer.

There are many types of mobile applications, each with its own advantages. For example, native apps perform better, while web apps don’t need to be customized for the platform or operating system (OS). Likewise, hybrid apps provide users with comfortable user experience. However, you may be wondering how long it takes to develop an app.

To give you an idea of how long the app development process takes, here’s a short guide.

App Idea & Research

app-idea-research

_Average time spent: two to five weeks _

This is the initial stage and a crucial step in setting the project in the right direction. In this stage, you brainstorm ideas and select the best one. Apart from that, you’ll need to do some research to see if your idea is viable. Remember that coming up with an idea is easy; the hard part is to make it a reality.

All your ideas may seem viable, but you still have to run some tests to keep it as real as possible. For that reason, when Web Developers are building a web app, they analyze the available ideas to see which one is the best match for the targeted audience.

Targeting the right audience is crucial when you are developing an app. It saves time when shaping the app in the right direction as you have a clear set of objectives. Likewise, analyzing how the app affects the market is essential. During the research process, App Developers must gather information about potential competitors and threats. This helps the app owners develop strategies to tackle difficulties that come up after the launch.

The research process can take several weeks, but it determines how successful your app can be. For that reason, you must take your time to know all the weaknesses and strengths of the competitors, possible app strategies, and targeted audience.

The outcomes of this stage are app prototypes and the minimum feasible product.

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YuccaPrerenderBundle: Symfony2 Bundle to Use Prerender.io

Yucca/PrerenderBundle

Backbone, EmberJS, Angular and so more are your daily basis ? In case of an admin area, that's fine, but on your front office, you might encounter some SEO problems

Thanks to Prerender.io, you now can dynamically render your JavaScript pages in your server using PhantomJS.

This bundle is largely inspired by bakura10 work on zfr-prerender

Installation

Install the module by typing (or add it to your composer.json file):

$ php composer.phar require "yucca/prerender-bundle" "0.1.*@dev"

Register the bundle in app/AppKernel.php:

// app/AppKernel.php
public function registerBundles()
{
    return array(
        // ...
        new Yucca\PrerenderBundle\YuccaPrerenderBundle(),
    );
}

Enable the bundle's configuration in app/config/config.yml:

# app/config/config.yml
yucca_prerender: ~

Documentation

How it works

  1. Check to make sure we should show a prerendered page
    1. Check if the request is from a crawler (agent string)
    2. Check to make sure we aren't requesting a resource (js, css, etc...)
    3. (optional) Check to make sure the url is in the whitelist
    4. (optional) Check to make sure the url isn't in the blacklist
  2. Make a GET request to the prerender service (PhantomJS server) for the page's prerendered HTML
  3. Return that HTML to the crawler

Customization

This bundle comes with a sane default, extracted from prerender-node middleware, but you can easily customize it:

#app/config/config.yml
yucca_prerender:
    ....

Prerender URL

By default, YuccaPrerenderBundle uses the Prerender.io service deployed at http://prerender.herokuapp.com. However, you may want to deploy it on your own server. To that extent, you can customize YuccaPrerenderBundle to use your server using the following configuration:

#app/config/config.yml
yucca_prerender:
    backend_url: http://localhost:3000

With this config, here is how YuccaPrerender will proxy the "https://google.com" request:

GET http://localhost:3000/https://google.com

Crawler user-agents

YuccaPrerender decides to pre-render based on the User-Agent string to check if a request comes from a bot or not. By default, those user agents are registered: 'baiduspider', 'facebookexternalhit', 'twitterbot'. Googlebot, Yahoo, and Bingbot should not be in this list because we support escaped_fragment instead of checking user agent for those crawlers. Your site must have to understand the '#!' ajax url notation.

You can add other User-Agent string to evaluate using this sample configuration:

#app/config/config.yml
yucca_prerender:
    crawler_user_agents: ['yandex', 'msnbot']

Ignored extensions

YuccaPrerender is configured by default to ignore all the requests for resources with those extensions: .js, .css, .less, .png, .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .pdf, .doc, .txt, .zip, .mp3, .rar, .exe, .wmv, .doc, .avi, .ppt, .mpg, .mpeg, .tif, .wav, .mov, .psd, .ai, .xls, .mp4, .m4a, .swf, .dat, .dmg, .iso, .flv, .m4v, .torrent . Those are never pre-rendered.

You can add your own extensions using this sample configuration:

#app/config/config.yml
yucca_prerender:
    ignored_extensions: ['.less', '.pdf']

Whitelist

Whitelist a single url path or multiple url paths. Compares using regex, so be specific when possible. If a whitelist is supplied, only url's containing a whitelist path will be prerendered.

Here is a sample configuration that only pre-render URLs that contains "/users/":

#app/config/config.yml
yucca_prerender:
    whitelist_urls: ['/users/*']

Note: remember to specify URL here and not Symfony2 route names.

Blacklist

Blacklist a single url path or multiple url paths. Compares using regex, so be specific when possible. If a blacklist is supplied, all url's will be pre-rendered except ones containing a blacklist part. Please note that if the referer is part of the blacklist, it won't be pre-rendered too.

Here is a sample configuration that prerender all URLs excepting the ones that contains "/users/":

#app/config/config.yml
yucca_prerender:
    blacklist_urls: ['/users/*']

Note: remember to specify URL here and not Symfony22 route names.

Testing

If you want to make sure your pages are rendering correctly:

  1. Open the Developer Tools in Chrome (Cmd + Atl + J)
  2. Click the Settings gear in the bottom right corner.
  3. Click "Overrides" on the left side of the settings panel.
  4. Check the "User Agent" checkbox.
  5. Choose "Other..." from the User Agent dropdown.
  6. Type googlebot into the input box.
  7. Refresh the page (make sure to keep the developer tools open).

Thanks

  • Thanks to bakura10 for the Zend Framework version.
  • Thanks to Romain Boyer to make me discover prerender.io
  • Thanks to the prerender team and all JS MVC developpers

Author: rjanot
Source Code: https://github.com/rjanot/YuccaPrerenderBundle 
License: MIT License

#php #symfony