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There are three main features I want to see in your midterm:

  • A relatively polished version of MangoExpress.
  • Running on EC2
  • Including at least three working unit tests
  • And incorporating Angular Routing

Mango Express

I’m not yet looking for a polished final version of your application. What I’m looking for here might be thought of as Version 0.5. It is a relatively stable proof of concept that shows where you would like to take the app by the end of the quarter.

The app should include:

  • NodeJs Express including jade and express routes
  • Angular controllers and factories, using ControllerAs rather than $scope for most of your work.
  • A MongoLab database
  • Bootstrap menus, buttons and any other features you find attractive

Running on EC2

This is the most problematic part. There is a tool called upstart that we will examine later that can keep your program running even after you exit your EC2 SSH session. However, we have not covered it yet. For now, I will settle for:

  • screen shots of your MangoExpress program running on EC2
  • And access to anything running on Port 80 of your EC2 instance

By Port 80, I mean the Apache server that you set up by installing LAMP. For now, you can just have the default page created when you installed the server. My goal here is just to have proof that your EC2 instance is up and running.

I will, of course, test your Mango Express on my home machine. In other words, it is important that the version of the program that you check in works, and that it looks more or less like the program in your screen shots. It need not be identical. If you make improvements after you take the screen shots, that is fine. Just don’t change the program beyond all recognition, and make sure it still works.

Unit Tests

We still have much work to do before we really understand unit tests. However, I would like to see that at least a few of tests run on your system. I’m looking for tests installed in your test folder, the one that is created when you type yo jasmine. I expect to be able to run the tests by loading your source in WebStorm, and right clicking on test/index.html and choosing run.

I want you to get all the tests from FacadeUi and MangoExpress working. Fr instance:

  • “Prove that Jasmine loaded”: that is, show that true equals true.
  • Show that you can your access a hint property in your controller.
  • And so on.

Unless you are absolutely sure you know what you are doing, don’t try to write “integration tests” against your MongoDb database factories beyond what we did in FacadeUi and MangoExpress. More specifically, don’t try to run tests that confirm that you can get hold of real database data. You should write integration tests that confirm you can use mock data from mock objects, just as you did in FacadeUI and MangoExpress.

Most of the code is written for you and you completed it in FacadeUI and MangoExpress. You do, however, need to change the data in ScienceFacade and ScienceSimpleData to match the data in your main program. For instance, if you are writing an application with the theme of music, then the data in SimpleScienceData must match the data in your main program. It must be about music. That is, if you have chosen music as a theme. You should probably also change the name of the those files. For instance, to MusicSimpleData and MusicFacade. Most of you have done this already.

Angular Routing

It would be great if you can complete this section, but it can be extra credit if you would like.

The key is that you have code in your program that looks somewhat like the code in this slide.

Start by adding Angular Route to your project:

bower install angular-route --save

Then you will need to create the main and about jade files


At this stage, it does not much matter what you put in about.jade. This will do:

p About 

In main.jade, you will want to put most of what you currently have in index.jade. I would leave only the jumbotron and its contents in index.jade. But of course you will want to add a menu:

extends layout
block content
					li(ng-class="{ active: isActive('/')}")
						a(ng-href='#/') Home
					li(ng-class="{ active: isActive('/about')}")
						a(ng-href='#/about') About

			h1= title
			p Welcome to #{title}


There are several ways to solve the next problem, but I created an app.js file in my public/javascripts directory. It can look more or less identical to the one in the Angular Routing assignment. You don’t need a main.js file on the client side, as you already have Control.js. You will, however, need an about.js file in the client. It can look very much like the corresponding file in the Angular Routing assignment.

One tricky thing can be setting up the routing on the server side. You are now going to load about.jade and main.jade from routes/index.js. That means you want to change the code in that file to look in the views directory for paramters. In particular, it should not look for them in the views/ScienceInfo directory, or its equivalent in your application.

So how are we going to load ScienceInfo files like physics, astronomy and radioactivety? One solution is to do this. Create a routes\science.js file with this content:

var express = require('express');
var router = express.Router();

/* GET home page. */

router.get('/:id', function(req, res, next) {
  res.render('ScienceInfo/' +, { title: 'Astronomy' });

module.exports = router;

In the root of your entire project, open up app.js. (This is not the app.js you may have added on the client side.) Around line 9 of app.js add this line:

var science = require('./routes/science');

Around line 26, add this line:

app.use('/ScienceInfo', science);

Okay, now you have a way to handle ScienceInfo routes. But there is one more step you need to take to complete the process. You also have to add ScienceInfo to the route you call when you load your equivalents of the astronomy, physics, etc files. This is the URL you will send back to your server from the client when loadDocument is called.

The fix is simple. In Control.js update loadDocument. You will need to include /ScienceInfo/ in the route you pass to $http.get:

myController.loadDocument = function() {
            $http.get('/ScienceInfo/' + myController.subject.toLowerCase())
            // etc. The rest is the same

Now your routes should be working, and you should be able to load your jade files. Here is break down of what we have done:

  • main.jade and about.jade are loaded from the routes in routes/index.js. These are triggered when you select items from the menu. These routes pass through the client side public/javascripts/app.js. file.
  • The loading of your equivalent of the astronomy etc files are triggered in Control.js when loadDocuments is called. On the server side, these requests pass through the routes in routes/science.js.

To test the route for the custom files such as astronomy, enter a URL like this in the address field of your browser:

To test main, enter something like either of these:

The former will probably resolve your angular routes, while the latter will not. The second URL, can, however, prove that your route to views/main.jade is set up correctly.

After doing all this, you may find that your unit tests are no longer running. To get the unit tests back on their feet you will need to add, at minimum, angular-route.js to index.html. I think you will also need to load the client side version app.js, but I’m not sure of that.

You may find that the unit tests on the client side (Test.js) won’t pass the test that asks for the length of the hint in the input control. To fix that, place this code at the top of your client side tests:

 // Wait half a second to allow main (myController) to load
 beforeAll(function(done) {
     setTimeout(function() {
         var value = 0;
     }, 500);

The goal is to main.js time to load. In some cases, you may need to wait longer than 500 milleseconds, depending on performance on your machine.

NOTE: When I talk about the client side, I’m talking about the files in the public directory. In particular, I’m usually talking the files in the public/javascripts directory.

Extra Credit

Set up Grunt and jshint to process all your java script files when the command grunt jshint is issued at the command line. Your result.xml file should come back clean. If it does not, which might be understandable at this stage, add a comment to your submission explaining why you did not fix some of the errors mentioned in jshint report.

Including your screen shots of your EC2 instance on your EC2 Apache web server. For instance, create a custom index.html file and in that file use image tags to include your screen shots of your Mango Express server running on your EC2 instance.


For the midterm, we should rename methods in Control.js like loadScientists. Unless you are still working with Scientists, then loadScientists doesn’t make sense any more. (I would of course, greatly prefer that you are not working with Scientists on the midterm. Have some fun and come up with something new.

And the field names should change to fit in with your new data. For instance, firstName and lastName no longer make sense. This means that the names in your collection/table should change also.

Because they are executed in callbacks, I believe it is better to write myController.loadDocument rather than this.loadDocument.

Load Marie

The Load Marie button, or some variant of it, should still be available. It should use a directive, the way the Load Marie button does. Perhaps it would be something like “Load Current Record”.


You may get an EADDRINUSE error. This occurs if you already running a program, such as the midterm, on Port 30025, and you try to load another program, or another instance of the same program, on the same port.

NOTE: * The message EADDRINUSE stands for Error ADDRess IN USE. In our case, it usually means you already have a program running on port 30025.*

One thing we can do, which I meant to mention on Wednesday, is run our upstart driven applications on a different port. If you want to keep your midterm running all the time with upstart, then stop the program, open up bin\www, and set the port to 30026 rather than 30025.

Here are the steps in order of execution:

sudo stop midterm
sudo start midterm

Let’s all try to pick 30026 as the alternate port number. That way we won’t have to guess what it is.

If you make this change, and you want me to see your running midterm, then be sure to tell me the port you are running on. Providing a link to your project would be the simplest way to convey your selection and to allow me to see your application.

Also, of course, you will need to use the appropriate security group in AWS console to punch another hole in the firewall for your server. We are already opening ports 22, 80, 443, 30025. We would need to add 30026. That would be in the EC2 dashboard, your Security Group. If you have more than one security group, you can check your running instance to see which security group you are currently using.

Turn it in

Include at least two screen shots of the app running on EC2. Attach the screen shots directly to the assignment submission. Use PNG or JPG format for the images. Do not embed the screen shots in Word, and do not place them in a zip file. Simply attached the raw PNG or JPG files directly to your assignment submission.

Put your source for the project in a folder called Week08-Midterm and check it into your repository. Be sure to include up to date package.json, bower.json and bowerrc files.