Project Configurations

Stay committed to your decisions but stay flexible in your approach - Tony Robbins


Blix follows a fractal style for file management on the frontend. By default all frontend projects have a src folder that is transpiled and output to a dist folder. Within the src folder there are common that may have additionally directories or files based on what type of project it is. I.e. a React project with Redux will have a src/reducers directory while a project without a state management solution won't.

Here's a look at the consistent files/folders that will be built regardless of frontend type

|── src
    |── api
    |── components
    |── index.js 
  1. The api folder provides a simple way to decouple service logic and with our generators can help you connect to a resource quickly and consistently.
  2. The components folder is pretty self explanatory. We should note however, that for React projects we encourage a component to have it's own folder, with the component file, a test file, a css file, and if a redux project: a container.

Projects with Client Side Routing

Projects that use packages like react-router or vue-router have a views folder within src. We find that instead of having a component from within the src/components folder it tends to be much cleaner to use a component as a "view" and import the components, styling, and services you need for that page.

Views Example

|── src
    |── views
        |── Home.js
        |── Login.js
        |── Account.js

Projects with State Management

For React with Redux projects the src folder contain actions and reducers directories along with a configStore.js file.

Redux Example

|── src
    |── actions
        |── index.js
    |── reducers
        |── rootReducer.js
        |── User.js
    |── configStore.js


All backends follow the MVC pattern and currently only use Express. If you're familiar with Ruby on Rails this will be immediately familiar.

Backend Example

|── server
    |── controllers
    |── helpers
    |── models
    |── views 
    |── routes.js
    |── server.js

All routes are stored in the routes.js file for ease of lookup. The helpers folder is perfect for things like authentication handlers. For applications with client side routing it would be best to make an endpoint for each route server side. So if you're in a project that serves a frontend you should see a index.html file in views under a folder: home and a route r.get('/', Home.index) in routes.js. To make a new page route use: r.get('/page', Home.index). This will serve the index.html which calls the JS file with the routing library which will load to the JS "page" you need. This will help prevent unnecessary 404's.

Common Folders


Blix stores scripts and their templates within a scripts folder in the project.

|── scripts 
    |── templates 


Tests are typically found in the test folder with Cypress tests being a rare exception.

|── test 
    |── unit
    |── e2e


In projects with SQL databases you'll find a db folder.

|── db
    |── migrations 
Last Updated: 12/3/2018, 1:10:11 AM