Flask + React frame

by findingnino

GitHub Readme.md

Full Stack App Boilerplate Code

Flask + React => Continous Deployment on Heroku

Beta Server and Prod Server


Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Setup
  3. Configuration


Procfile                        -> Heroku's instructions on how to setup the app
runtime.txt                     -> Heroku's Python version to use 

# the following 3 are needed at the root dir for Heroku to setup the Beta and Prod machines

app.json                        -> Information for the Heroku Deploy button
package.json                    -> Node dependencies: Webpack, Babel, React
requirements.txt                -> Python dependencies: Flask
webpack.config.js               -> Configuration of Webpack bundler

|       server.py               -> All Flask logic
    |   index.html 
    +---dist                    -> Files to distribute to client
    |       bundle.js           -> Bundle of all js files to distribute
    |       icon.ico
    |       styles.css
    +---js                      -> All React logic
            App.jsx             -> Main component
            index.jsx           -> Single entry point to the js bundle


Backend Dependencies

python -m venv .venv
pip install flask
pip freeze > requirements.txt

Frontend Dependencies

npm init
# ES6 + react
npm install --save react react-dom
npm install --save prop-types
# compiler
npm install --save babel-core
npm install --save babel-preset-latest
npm install --save babel-preset-react
# bundler 
npm install --save webpack babel-loader


Heroku Configuration

Specify how to setup Beta and Production machines: install node dependencies before running the server

web: npm install && npm run build && python dummy_app/server/server.py

Specify the node version to be installed on the Heroku machines and bundle the js[x] files after installing dependencies

# package.json
"engines" : { "node" : "8.9.1" }, 
  "scripts": {
    "postinstall": "npm run build"

Babel-Webpack Configuration

Specify how to process each file before bundling with Webpack -> compile ES6 to ES5 using Babel

# webpack.config.js
module : {
    rules : [
            test: /\.jsx?/,
            exclude: /node_modules/,
            use: 'babel-loader'

Add scripts to bundle and watch for changes of static js[x] files

# package.json
"scripts": {
  "build": "webpack -p --progress --config webpack.config.js",
  "dev-build": "webpack --progress -d --config webpack.config.js",
  "watch": "webpack --progress -d --config webpack.config.js --watch",