Considering Angular 2 for a large project? Do you need potential i18n support? Enhanced testing support? Oh and building for multiple platforms too? Web, native Mobile (Android/iOS), and even Desktop (Mac, Windows and Linux)?
This is an advanced seed project for Angular 2 apps based on Minko Gechev’s angular2-seed that expands on all of its great features to include core support for:
|The zen of multiple platforms. Chrome, Android and iPhone all running the same code.
|Programming Nirvana. Mac and Windows desktop both running the same code.
Table of Contents
Enhanced development workflow
- Decorators for components which reduce boilerplate for common component setups
- Shared code can be found in
app: your shared application architecture code
core: foundation layer (decorators and low-level services)
analytics: analytics provided by Segment
- Only reports data in production build
i18n: internationalization features
electron: Electron specific code
test: test specific code providing conveniences to make testing your code easier and faster
Enhanced testing support options
- mocks for various services
- configurable provider blocks for easy test setup of common application providers
- tired of setting up similar providers over and over again for different tests?
- configure a reusable test provider which can be configured on a case-by-base basis
- see example here
- helpers for end-to-end (e2e, integration) tests
- convenient shorthand to reduce test setup boilerplate and enhance speed of writing tests
- are your test cases buried by multiple import lines requiring you to scroll just to get to the substance of the test?
- removes noise allowing you to better focus on the substance of the test
- provides full intellisense support
- allows your team to add unique shorthands for various testing scenarios specific to your application needs
- plays nice with
tslint options like
"no-unused-variable": true as the api hangs off a plain
Object instead of globals
- what’s the value of that you ask? have you ever isolated a test with
ddescribe but didn’t import those or vice versa, used
iit leaving an unused
it now in your tests? yeah,
tslint will be all over you :/
unused variable warnings altogether in tests since you are always using a valid key from the shorthand
- see example here
Advice: If your project is intended to target a single platform (i.e, web only), then angular2-seed is likely more than suitable for your needs. However if your project goals are to target multiple platforms (web, native mobile and native desktop), with powerful out of the box library support and highly configurable/flexible testing options, then you might want to keep reading.
npm install -g nativescript
npm install -g typescript
git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/NathanWalker/angular2-seed-advanced.git
# install the project's dependencies
# watches your files and uses livereload by default
# api document for the app
npm run serve.docs
# dev build
npm run build.dev
# prod build
npm run build.prod
npm install -g nativescript
You can make changes to files in
nativescript folders. A symbolic link exists between the web
src/client and the
nativescript folder so changes in either location are mirrored because they are the same directory inside.
.tns.css NativeScript view files for every web component view file you have. You will see an example of the
app.component.html as a NativeScript view file here.
iOS: npm run start.ios
iOS (livesync emulator): npm run start.livesync.ios
iOS (livesync device): npm run start.livesync.ios.device
Android: npm run start.android
Android (livesync emulator): npm run start.livesync.android
Android (livesync device): npm run start.livesync.android.device
Mac: npm run start.desktop
Windows: npm run start.desktop.windows
Develop with livesync
Mac: npm run start.livesync.desktop
Windows: npm run start.livesync.desktop.windows
Release: Package Electron App for Mac, Windows or Linux
Mac: npm run build.desktop.mac
Windows: npm run build.desktop.windows
Linux: npm run build.desktop.linux
# Debug - In two different shell windows
npm run build.test.watch # 1st window
npm run karma.start # 2nd window
# code coverage (istanbul)
# auto-generated at the end of `npm test`
# view coverage report:
npm run serve.coverage
# e2e (aka. end-to-end, integration) - In three different shell windows
# Make sure you don't have a global instance of Protractor
# npm run webdriver-update <- You will need to run this the first time
npm run webdriver-start
npm run serve.e2e
npm run e2e
# e2e live mode - Protractor interactive mode
# Instead of last command above, you can use:
npm run e2e.live
You can learn more about Protractor Interactive Mode here
- how to add a language?
[language code].json (copy existing one and adapt the translation strings)
- fix test
- add language to
- fix test
Web Configuration Options
Default application server configuration
var PORT = 5555;
var LIVE_RELOAD_PORT = 4002;
var DOCS_PORT = 4003;
var APP_BASE = '/';
Configure at runtime
npm start -- --port 8080 --reload-port 4000 --base /my-app/
Change Detection OnPush Note
Please Note: The seed uses Angular’s
ChangeDetectionStrategy.OnPush by default which requires some understanding of immutability and one-way data flows. Please check out the following resources to learn more:
If you experience issues with changes not occuring in your views, you can disable this by commenting out these lines. The seed uses
OnPush by default because it provides optimal performance and if you decide to turn it off while developing your application, you can always turn it back on when you’re ready to refactor your data services to utilize
Several branches exist with certain features integrated:
How best to use for your project
- Download a zip of the seed. (Do not fork)
npm run git.setup - This will initialize
git as well as setup
git remote add origin ...your private repo...
npm run git.prepare - This will prepare git to handle the merge
npm run git.merge - This will fetch upstream and run the first merge (*Important)
- IMPORTANT: You will see a wall of Conflicts after doing above (a Conflict for every single file). This is normal. There actually will not be any problematic conflicts as it’s just reporting every single file which both sides (
upstream and your first commit) added.
git add .; git commit -m'ready'. Yes, you will be committing all those conflicts, which actually are not a problem in this 1 time case.
- Now you have
git setup and ready to develop your application as well as merge in upstream changes in the future.
npm install (and all other usage docs in this
- Create a new
framework for your application in
src/client/app/frameworks to build your codebase out. Say your app is called
AwesomeApp, then create
awesomeapp and start building out all your components and services in there. Create other frameworks as you see fit to organize.
- If you don’t want an integration that comes out of box with this seed; for example. let’s say you don’t want to use i18n. Then just delete the
ng2-translate as dependency root
nativescript/package.json. Then remove any references to
You can read more about configuring a remote for a fork here
Merging latest upstream changes
npm run git.merge.preview - This will fetch
upstream and show you how the merge would look
npm run git.merge - This will actually do the merge
- Handle any conflicts to get latest upstream into your application.
- Continue building your app.
You can read more about syncing a fork here.
If you have any suggestions to this workflow, please post here.
Please see the CONTRIBUTING file for guidelines.