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A Blueprint for Production-Ready Web Applications

By : Dr. Philip Jones
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A Blueprint for Production-Ready Web Applications

By: Dr. Philip Jones

Overview of this book

A Blueprint for Production-Ready Web Applications will help you expand upon your coding knowledge and teach you how to create a complete web application. Unlike other guides that focus solely on a singular technology or process, this book shows you how to combine different technologies and processes as needed to meet industry standards. You’ll begin by learning how to set up your development environment, and use Quart and React to create the backend and frontend, respectively. This book then helps you get to grips with managing and validating accounts, structuring relational tables, and creating forms to manage data. As you progress through the chapters, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of web application development by creating a to-do app, which can be used as a base for your future projects. Finally, you’ll find out how to deploy and monitor your application, along with discovering advanced concepts such as managing database migrations and adding multifactor authentication. By the end of this web development book, you’ll be able to apply the lessons and industry best practices that you’ve learned to both your personal and work projects, allowing you to further develop your coding portfolio.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Part 1 Setting Up Our System
Part 2 Building a To-Do App
Part 3 Releasing a Production-Ready App

Making the app production-ready

As our production infrastructure will run containers, we need to containerize our app. To do so, we’ll need to decide how to serve the frontend and backend, and how to build the container image.

Serving the frontend

So far in development, we’ve used npm run start to run a server that serves the frontend code. This is called server-side rendering (SSR), and we could continue to do this in production. However, it is much easier to utilize client-side rendering (CSR), as this does not require a dedicated frontend server. CSR works by building a bundle of frontend files that can be served by any server (rather than a dedicated frontend server), and we’ll use the backend server.

To build the frontend bundle, we can use the npm run build command. This command creates a single HTML file (frontend/build/index.html) and multiple static files (css, js, and media) in the following structure:

└── frontend...