Starting the Application

We're mostly a Rails app, with a bit of Webpack sprinkled in. For most cases, simply running bin/rails server will do. If you're working with Webpack though, you'll need to run the following:

  • Run bin/startup to start the server, Webpack, and our job runner delayed_job. bin/startup runs foreman start -f Procfile.dev under the hood.
  • alias start="bin/startup" makes this even faster. 😊
  • If you're using pry for debugging in Rails, note that using foreman and pry together works, but it's not as clean as bin/rails server.

Here are some singleton commands you may need, usually in a separate instance/tab of your shell.

  • Running the job server (if using bin/rails server) -- this is mostly for notifications and emails: bin/rails jobs:work
  • Clearing jobs (in case you don't want to wait for the backlog of jobs): bin/rails jobs:clear

Current gotchas: potential environment issues with external services need to be worked out.