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Excited to dive into Ember JS? It’s the perfect pick for crafting cutting-edge web applications, delivering blazing-fast performance and limitless scalability. And the best part? The vibrant support community is always there to lend a hand when things don’t go as planned.
In this guide, you’ll learn all the necessary Ember JS installation steps, plus get an introduction to the key features you should know.
Let’s get started!
What is Ember JS?
Now that you know the basics, let’s take a look at the installation process.
How to Get Started with Ember?
The process of creating your dream Ember desktop application is easier than ever. To get you started, here are the steps to use Ember:
1. Install Ember CLI
You can install the latest version of Ember Command Line Interface (CLI) by running the following command.
To verify that your installation was successful, run:
If a version number is shown, you’re ready to go.
2. Create a new Ember app with Ember CLI
We can create a new project using Ember CLI’s new command. It follows the pattern ember new <project-name>. In our case, the project name would be super-rentals. We will also include a –lang en option. This sets our app’s primary language to English and improves the website’s accessibility.
This should have created a new folder for us called super-rentals. We can navigate into it using the cd command. All commands should be run within the super-rentals folder.
This folder has the following structure:
3. Starting and stopping the development server
Ember CLI comes with a lot of different commands for a variety of development tasks.
It also comes with a development server, which we can launch with the ember server command:
The development server is responsible for compiling our app and serving it to the browsers. It may take a while to boot up. Once it’s up and running, open your favorite browser and head to http://localhost:4200. You should see the following welcome page:
You can exit out of the development server at any time by typing Ctrl + C into the terminal window where Ember server is running.
4. Edit files and live reload
The development server has a feature called live reload, which monitors your app for file changes, automatically re-compiles everything, and refreshes any open browser or web pages too.
5. Get familiar with the application structure
Ember-cli guide has a deep walk-through on each application element. I’ll cover the most important parts:
- app/: In this folder, we will have all of our application code – templates, routes, components, and more. Each element can be generated with ember-cli.
- public/: contents of this folder will be put into the root path of your application. Here you can put static files like fonts, images, and alike.
- node_modules/: folder for development dependencies installed by npm
- package.json: file that lists all npm dependencies
- ember-cli-build.js: build instructions for Broccoli. Here we register CSS/JS files from bower_components that we want to use.
config/environment.js: application configuration file.
Core Features of Ember JS
Ember is well-known for its robust architecture and core features that make it ideal for developing powerful web applications.
Here are some of Ember’s most prominent features:
At its core, Ember’s UIs are HTML driven – every part of the UI that is shown to the user is defined in an HTML template somewhere in your application. Because of this, templates are central to Ember and one of the most important parts of the framework.
Ember router is a core feature of EmberJs that translates an URL into a series of templates and represents the state of an application. The Ember uses the router to map the URL to a route handler. The router matches the current URL to other routes which are used for loading data, displaying the templates, and setting up an application state.
Route handler performs some actions such as:
- It provides the template.
- It defines the model and it will be accessible to the template.
- If there is no permission for the user to visit a particular part of an app, then the router will redirect to a new route.
Ember object that lives for the duration of the application and can be made available in different parts of your application. Services are useful for features that require shared state or persistent connections. Example uses of services might include:
- User/session authentication
- Server-sent events or notifications
- Server-backend API calls that may not fit EmberData
- Third-party APIs
The essential features of Ember Data are a powerful set of tools for formatting requests, normalizing responses, and efficiently managing a local cache of data.
Another great feature of Ember is its ability to integrate with hundreds of addons and plugins.
Below are some of our favorite Ember addons:
Ember-cli aims to bring convention over configuration to build tools. A command line utility based on broccoli.
- A standard file and directory structure
- Development server with live reload
- A testing framework
- Dependencies managed via npm.
- ES6/ES7+ syntax support (using Babel)
- Asset management (including combining, minifying, and versioning)
Other features include:
- Blueprints, which are code generators for creating models, controllers, components, and so on that are needed in an application. Custom blueprints can also be created.
- Addons which provide the ability to extend the features of Ember CLI. Addons can be installed by typing ember install <addon-name>. Over two thousand addons are currently available including add ons for CoffeeScript, LESS, Sass, Compass and Mocha.
The Ember Inspector is an extension currently available for the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers for debugging Ember applications. Features include the ability to see which templates, components, and views are currently rendered, see the properties of any Ember object with a UI that computes bindings and computed properties, and access one’s application’s objects from the console. If Ember Data is used, one can also see the records loaded for each model.
Your judgment on choosing the best framework will always depend on how you would like your project or website to be built/developed. Ember.js is a great choice for any developer who wants to create large-scale applications and websites with complex user interfaces.
By taking advantage of the powerful features that Ember provides, developers can quickly build desktop and mobile applications without having to worry about boilerplate code or memory management issues. If you’re looking for an all-in-one framework with everything you need, then Ember is a great choice!
Start Building Your Ember App with Us!
Users enjoy Ember apps for its reliability and scalability. What’s more, its huge library of plugins and add-ons makes it a great choice for those looking to build their dream app.
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