It emphasizes the use of fibers for writing node.js applications, which may make it easier to pick up for those of you who are not used to making heavy use of callbacks in your code.
WARNING: This guide isn’t compatible with recent versions of Meteor. A meteor Cartridge is needed.
If this is your first time using OpenShift Online or meteor.js, you’ll have a few setup tasks to do:
- Create an OpenShift Online account
- If you don’t already have the
rhc(Red Hat Cloud) command-line tools, run:
sudo gem install rhc
rhc setupto link your OpenShift Online account with your local development environment, and to select an application namespace
- Install Node.js, MongoDB. Then add Meteor to your local development environment:
curl https://install.meteor.com | sh
For additional assistance setting up the
rhc command-line tool, see the following page: https://www.openshift.com/developers/rhc-client-tools-install
Configure your OpenShift gear
Spin up a new OpenShift gear with Node.js, MongoDB, and a shim to help meteor.js connect to the correct ports. This example uses the application name: “meteor“
rhc app create meteor nodejs-0.10 mongodb-2.2 --from-code=https://github.com/openshift-quickstart/openshift-meteorjs-quickstart.git
The above command will output a local copy of your OpenShift application source in a folder matching your application name. Be sure to run this command from within a folder where you would like to keep your project source.
Create a Meteor.js example project
To see a list of all available meteor.js example projects, type
meteor create --list.
In this guide, we’ll use the meteor.js “leaderboard” example:
meteor create --example leaderboard
See http://meteor.com/examples/ to learn about what other example applications are available. Feel free to try them all.
Bundle and merge your meteor.js code
Bundle up your meteor application source:
cd leaderboard # if you chose the leaderboard example meteor bundle bundle.tar.gz # to prep for deployment
Next, you’ll need to extract the resulting code into your OpenShift application folder (minus the “bundle/” folder wrapper that Meteor will automatically include). Use the
-k flag when extracting to prevent the existing DB connection code from being overwritten during this merge process.
If you are developing on Linux, or using GNU tar, this command should work:
tar -xvf bundle.tar.gz --transform 's|^bundle/||' -C ../meteor/
For Mac or BSD-based operating systems:
tar -xvf bundle.tar.gz -s '/^bundle//' -C ../meteor/
The above example assumes that you named your OpenShift application “meteor”, as shown in the
rhc app create step. And, that your OpenShift application source code is available at this relative path:
Add these new files to your OpenShift application’s Git repo:
cd ../meteor git add . git commit -am "Adding a meteor.js application bundle"
Deploy to OpenShift
Then, push the new code to OpenShift to deploy your meteor.js application bundle:
That’s it! Check out your new Meteor.js application at:
Thanks for following along!
An OpenShift + Meteor quickstart guide is also available on GitHub – https://github.com/openshift-quickstart/openshift-meteorjs-quickstart
- Sign up for OpenShift Online and try this out yourself
- Promote and show off your awesome app in the OpenShift Application Gallery today.
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