Wheels Within Wheels
It’s not unusual to require a web appliation with CRUD functionality. Code, code, code. What if I told you there’s an app—a CRUD app, in fact—that builds a CRUD app for you?
Wheels Within Wheels is the robot you’ve been waiting for. Built in Sinatra, Wheels Within Wheels accepts some basic specifications from the user, creates a MEAN-stack CRUD app with those specs, wraps it up in a Zip file and presents a link for download.
You may never need to build another CRUD app!
Rubyists (or anyone) can use this as a tool to learn about the MEAN-stack. You can inspect the code with the application’s design—your design—in mind.
Web app operation, or the ‘outer wheel’
Wheels Within Wheels creates a basic, single-model CRUD application with three attributes. To do so, it asks the user for the following specifications: * Application title * Application description * Model name * Three pairs of attributes and data types. At this time, the valid data types are String, Number, Date, and Boolean. Click ‘submit’ and you’ll be presented with a link to download the completed basic MEAN-stack application made to your specifications.
For example, let’s say you’re making an app for tracking Supreme Court decisions. You could proceed as follows:
|Description||A pile of SCOTUS decisions|
|Data Type 1||String|
|Data Type 2||String|
|Data Type 3||String|
Custom app operation, or the ‘inner wheel’
Download and unzip your new app. To run it locally, you need to get MEAN (MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, Node.js). * Download and install node.js. This will also install the command line utility npm. * Download, install, and configure MongoDB. * Install Bower on the command line:
npm install -g bower * In your new application directory,
cd into the
public directory and run these two commands:
bower install. (AngularJS arrives with this bower command.) * Next,
cd .. to get back to the root of the application directory and run
npm install here. (ExpressJS arrives with this npm command.) * Run
node server.js. * Open a browser and visit localhost:8080. Your MEAN-stack app will be running there!
This application is not currently under active development. I can accept pull requests for bug fixes. If you envision improvements, feel free to fork and develop.