Hello Poet!


The first time I get a glimpse on Poet was about two years ago. I just started to teach Node.js in class and I was looking around for suitable projects. The idea to have a blog written completely by my self has never left me since then. Finally I had the last a few days time free to start my own written blogging app with Poet. There was great help from Jordan Santell maintaining Poet, and from his homepage http://jsantell.com. Also from Loïc Guillois and his poet powered blog Loïc Guillois | conception d'applications Web, Mobile et TV. Both sources together give me the starting point I needed.

You need a webspace with node support

After a brief search in the world wide web, I decided to use uberspace.de.

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Ubersprace is young, sympathetic and you get a linux command line.

[wolffwo@dubhe poetBlog]$ uname -or
2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64 GNU/Linux
[wolffwo@dubhe ~]$ cat /etc/issue
CentOS release 6.6 (Final)
Kernel \r on an \m

Setting up the first node server on Uberspace

There is already node installed, but I update to version v0.12.7 simply by

[wolffwo@dubhe ~]$ echo 'export PATH=/package/host/localhost/nodejs-0.12/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bash_profile
[wolffwo@dubhe ~]$  source ~/.bash_profile
[wolffwo@dubhe ~]$  node -v

Before starting to explain the details, let's have a look at the file structure of the project.

│  package.json
│  server.js
│  README.md
│   │ hello.md
│   │
│   └───css
│       │layout.css
    │  layout.jade
    │  index.jade
    │  ...  
        │   postSnippet.jade
        │   pagination.jade

Create all directories and files before fill in the content!

Let's start with the package.json file. This file can be created in any directory, I will use as basic directory basicPoetDir in the home folder.

  "name" : "myPoetMiniHackBlog",
  "version" : "0.0.1",
  "main" : "server.js",
  "private" : true,
  "dependencies" : {
    "poet"    : ">= 0.1.6",
    "jade"    : ">= 0.27.5",
    "express" : "= 3.0.0rc5"

and install all dependencies with the node package manager:

[wolffwo@dubhe ~]$ npm install

The File server.js realized the basic poet app:

  express = require('express'),
  app = express(),
  Poet = require('../lib/poet');

var poet = Poet(app, {
  postsPerPage: 3,
  posts: './_posts',
  metaFormat: 'json',
  routes: {
    '/myposts/:post': 'post',
    '/pagination/:page': 'page',
    '/mytags/:tag': 'tag',
    '/mycategories/:category': 'category'

poet.init().then(function () {
  // initialized

app.set('view engine', 'jade');
app.set('views', __dirname + '/views');
app.use(express.static(__dirname + '/public'));

app.get('/', function (req, res) { res.render('index');});

console.log('Server running at');

To get the app working you must create two directories: views and default

[wolffwo@dubhe ~]$ cd html
[wolffwo@dubhe html]$ mkdir views default

Inside the views directory you must store the template files layout.jade

doctype html
    title= 'Poet Demo'
    link(rel='stylesheet', href='/css/layout.css')
    link(rel='stylesheet', href='/css/style.css')  
          a.brand(href='/') Poet Demo
      block content
        h4 categories
      - each cat in getCategories()
          a(href=categoryURL(cat)) #{cat}
        h4 tags
      - each tag in getTags()
        - var numberTag = "tagCloundCategory_" + postsWithTag(tag).length
          a(href=tagURL(tag)) #{tag}
      h1 footer

and index.jade

extends layout

block content
  - var posts = getPosts(0,5)
  - var page  = 1
  - each post in posts
    include includes/postSnippet

  include includes/pagination

What is still missing is the bridge from the apache web server to the node service. This is easiest to adjust with a .htaccess file. The .htaccess file must be created in DocumentRoot (the directory http in the home folder) of the apache web server.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule (.*) http://localhost:66666/$1   [P]

So now you can start your node powered blog app for the first time:

[wolffwo@dubhe basicPoetDir]$ node server.js
Server running at

[wolffwo@dubhe ~]$ uberspace-setup-service poetBlog ~/poetBlog/node_modules/nodemon/bin/nodemon.js ~/poetBlog/ Creating the ~/etc/run-poetBlog/run service run script Creating the ~/etc/run-poetBlog/log/run logging run script Symlinking ~/etc/run-poetBlog to ~/service/poetBlog to start the service Waiting for the service to start ... 1 2 started!

Congratulations - the ~/service/poetBlog service is now ready to use! To control your service you'll need the svc command (hint: svc = service control):

To start the service (hint: u = up): svc -u ~/service/poetBlog To stop the service (hint: d = down): svc -d ~/service/poetBlog To reload the service (hint: h = HUP): svc -h ~/service/poetBlog To restart the service (hint: du = down, up): svc -du ~/service/poetBlog

To remove the service: cd ~/service/poetBlog rm ~/service/poetBlog svc -dx . log rm -rf ~/etc/run-poetBlog

More information about controlling daemons can be found here: https://uberspace.de/dokuwiki/system:daemontools#wenn_der_daemon_laeuft ```