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Intershop Progressive Web App

Guide - Intershop Progressive Web App - Getting Started

Getting Started

Quick Start

Before working with this project, download and install Node.js with the included npm package manager.
Currently Node.js 14.x LTS with the corresponding npm is required.

After having cloned the project from the Git repository, open a command line in the project folder and run npm install.

The project uses Angular CLI which has to be installed globally.
Run npm install -g @angular/cli once to globally install Angular CLI on your development machine.
Use ng serve --open to start up the development server and open the Progressive Web App in your browser.

The project can alternatively be run in production mode with npm start.

Visual Studio Code Remote Development

An alternative development setup for the PWA is provided when using Visual Studio Code Remote - Containers to work in an isolated pre-configured project development environment.

As prerequisite Docker has to be installed on your development machine.
Furthermore, Visual Studio Code with the Remote - Containers extension has to be used as IDE.

After cloning your local working copy (e.g. with VS Code), VSCode will ask you if you want to reopen the folder in a container.
By doing this, VS Code will prepare the environment for you inside the container.
It installs Node.js LTS, Angular CLI and also performs all required setup steps to get you started in an isolated environment.

Open a console in VS Code and run ng serve to start developing.


Before customizing the PWA for your specific needs, have a look at our Customization Guide and also have a look at the current PWA Guide first.

Development Server

Run ng serve or ng s for a development server.

For more information consult the chapter in the Development Guide.

Warning: Do not use webpack-dev-server in production!


Deployments are generated to the dist folder of the project.

Use npm run build to generate an Angular Universal enabled version.
On the server the dist/server.js script has to be executed with node.

Alternatively, you can use npm run build client to get an application using browser rendering.
All the files under dist/browser have to be served statically.
The server has to be configured for fallback routing,
see Server Configuration in Angular Docs.

For a production setup we recommend building the docker image supplied with the Dockerfile in the root folder of the project.
Build it with docker build -t my_pwa ..
To run the PWA with multiple channels and Google PageSpeed optimizations, you can use the nginx docker image supplied in the sub folder nginx.

We provide templates for Kubernetes Deployments and DevOps for Microsoft Azure.

Progressive Web App (PWA)

To run the project as a Progressive Web App with an enabled Service Worker, use npm run start to build and serve the application.
After that open http://localhost:4200 in your browser and test it or run a PWA audit.
Currently only localhost or will work with the service worker since it requires https communication on any other domain.

Running Tests

Run npm test to start an on the fly test running environment to execute the unit tests via Jest once.
To run Jest in watch mode with interactive interface, run npm run test:watch.

Run npm run e2e to execute the end-to-end tests via cypress.
You have to start your development or production server first as cypress will instruct you.

Head over to the Testing Concept documentation for more information.

Code Style

Use npm run lint to run a static code analysis.

For development make sure the used IDE or editor follows the EditorConfig configuration of the project and uses Prettier to help maintain consistent coding styles (see .editorconfig and .prettierrc.json).

Use npm run format to perform a formatting run on the code base with Prettier.

Type Safety

The Intershop PWA has both TypeScript's noImplicitAny and Angular's strictTemplates compile options active to ensure everything is typed correctly.

Learning the TypeScript typing system can be quite hard and it can take years to finally master it, but it also helps to avoid bugs by passing around untyped data.
Typing can be especially tedious when it comes to tests, but there it is as important as in the production code.
If the tests are running successfully on untyped (and sometimes outdated) data, nobody will be the wiser.

Almost everything can be typed correctly without using any.
If generic typing is not possible, you can use unknown or object for utility functions.
In most other cases, the typings can be correctly applied.

We encourage everybody to up their game about strict typing with TypeScript, but as always, there are ways around it.
We supply a in the source root, that can be used for Angular builders in the angular.json to disable all safety features.
However, we don't support doing this for production builds.

Pre-Commit Check

npm run check is a combination task of lint, format and test that runs some of the checks that will also be performed in continuous integration on the whole code base.
Do not overuse it as the run might take a long time.

Prefer using npx lint-staged to perform a manual quick evaluation of staged files.
This also happens automatically when committing files.
It is also possible to bypass verification on commit, following the suggestions of the versioning control tool of your choice.

Code Scaffolding

With the integrated intershop-schematics this project provides the functionality to generate different code artifacts according to our style guide and project structure. ng generate will use our custom schematics by default, e.g. run ng generate component component-name in the shared folder to generate a new shared component. ng generate --help gives an overview of available Intershop-specific schematics.

The Angular CLI default schematics are still available and working.
However, they need to be prefixed to use them, e.g. ng generate @schematics/angular:guard.
A list of the available Angular CLI schematics can be fetched with ng generate @schematics/angular: --help.

Further Help

To get more help on the Angular CLI, use ng help or check out the Angular CLI Documentation.


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