Apollo Universal Starter Kit

Apollo Universal Starter Kit is an SEO-friendly, fully-configured, modular starter application that helps developers to streamline web, server, and mobile development with cutting-edge technologies and ultimate code reuse.
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Apollo Universal Starter Kit

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Official Website

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Apollo Universal Starter Kit is an SEO-friendly, fully configured, modular starter project for developing Universal
JavaScript applications. You can use this kit to create your applications in JavaScript or TypeScript for all major
platforms – mobile, web, and server.

Apollo Universal Starter Kit is built with Apollo, GraphQL, React, Angular, React Native, Expo, Knex.js,
and Express with support for relational databases such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, and SQLite.

TypeScript is our language of choice and we use it across the entire project. However, you can freely mix vanilla
JavaScript (the ES6 and ES7 syntax) and TypeScript when creating your modules.

The starter kit also integrates Twitter Bootstrap, Ant Design, and NativeBase
to provide great possibilities for styling for your web and mobile applications.

Table of Contents

Why Use Apollo Universal Starter Kit
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Developing client-server-mobile projects in JavaScript never was a trivial task. Not only do you have to spend time
installing the application dependencies and configuring them, but you're also constrained to implement many basic
functionalities over and over again. And you never have time to develop a starter codebase that you can reuse across
all of your projects.

To relieve you from the burden of configuring the project, developing the application structure, and implementing
typical features, we created Apollo Universal Starter Kit.

Apollo Universal Starter Kit provides you with a client-server-mobile application that you can employ as a foundation
for developing new web or mobile projects using popular tools from the JavaScript ecosystem. But our starter kit does so
much more than just creating a mix of popular JS technologies — it's powered by a few custom libraries and
solutions to simplify managing project configurations, creating new modules, building GraphQL queries, and perform many
other tasks.

The starter kit also consists of many modules that you can augment and adapt to develop your specific application. Also,
you can use those prebuilt modules as a reference when implementing basic features for your applications even if you
create them using other technologies.

Architecture and Implemented Modules

Among all the approaches to building the application architecture, we opt for the disposable fractal-based modular
. Thanks to it, it's possible to remove any built-in module from Apollo Universal Starter Kit without
breaking the application. We recommend that you develop your custom modules with the same idea in mind when using our
starter kit.

Apollo Universal Starter Kit comes with the following modules:

If you don't want to use the pre-built modules in your project, you can remove them using a dedicated CLI. For module
names, see the names of directories under modules.

To learn more about the features and modules available in Apollo Universal Starter Kit, follow to the dedicated section
Features and Modules.


Here's a demo of Apollo Universal Starter Kit in action:

You can try out the latest version of Apollo Universal Starter Kit deployed on Heroku. If you want to see the mobile
React Native application in action, check out this demo on


| Branch | Description |
| ------------ | ------------------------------------------------------------------- |
| stable | The latest stable version of the kit (recommended) |
| master | The kit version with the latest features. May not work consistently |
| single | A single-package Apollo v2 version of the kit |
| apollo1 | The Apollo v1 version of the kit |
| cli-crud | This kit version features a CLI to generate CRUD implementations |

First Run of Apollo Universal Starter Kit

Verify if you use Node.js 6.x or higher (Node.js ^10 is recommended) before running the starter kit.

  1. Clone the stable branch of Apollo Universal Starter Kit.

git clone -b stable
cd apollo-universal-starter-kit

NOTE: The master branch is not recommended for development. Use it at your own risk.

NOTE: If you're going to use Windows to develop with Apollo Universal Starter Kit, you need to additionally enable
symlinks before you run the project.

For Windows 10:

NOTE: You can remove the unnecessary stacks from Apollo Universal Starter Kit by using the CLI. Consult a
respective CLI section. Alternatively, you can use the capabilities of your operating system. For example, by running
the command below, you can remove all Scala server files:

find . -name server-scala | xargs rm -rf

If you don't need the ready-made modules, you can also remove them using the custom CLI.

  1. Install the dependencies. Make sure that you use Yarn 1.0.0 or higher.


You can use NPM instead of Yarn to handle the starter kit dependencies and to run scripts. Throughout the Apollo
Universal Starter Kit documentation, we'll always use Yarn.

  1. Seed sample data to the database. The command below will create new tables with sample data in SQLite:

yarn seed

SQLite is a typical default relational database installed in most Linux distributions including Mac OS X; otherwise,
consult SQLite installation guide.

  1. Run the starter kit in development mode:

yarn watch

The server application will be running on http://localhost:3000, while the client application will be running on
http://localhost:8080. The terminal will tell your the exact ports.

For more information about running this starter kit for mobile development or Docker, consult the Getting Started

Project Structure

The project structure presents generally accepted guidelines and patterns for building scalable web and mobile

The structure is fractal meaning the available functionality is grouped primarily by feature rather than by file type.
But the current structure isn't prescriptive, and you can change it however you like.

├── config # Various application configurations
├── docs # Documentation
├── node_modules # Global Node.js modules
├── modules # All the prebuilt project modules
├── packages # Available packages
│ ├── client # React client
│ ├── client-angular # Angular client
│ ├── client-vue # Vue client
│ ├── common # Common code
│ ├── mobile # React Native mobile client
│ ├── server # Node.js and Express server
│ └── server-scala # Scala server
└── tools # All build and CLI-related files

Inside modules, you'll find all the prebuilt modules that Apollo Universal Starter Kit comes with. Each module under
modules contains sub-directories with module implementations for different technologies. For example, if you look up
the module modules/core, you'll see the following sub-modules:

├── modules # Available packages
│ ├── core # The core module
│ ├── client-angular # Core functionality for Angular app
│ ├── client-react # Core functionality for React app
│ ├── client-react-native # Core functionality for React Native app
│ ├── client-vue # Core functionality for Vue app
│ ├── common # React Native mobile client
│ ├── server-scala # Core functionality for Scala server
│ └── server-ts # Core functionality for Express server
└── tools # All build and CLI-related files

Apollo Universal Starter Kit Documentation

Follow to the documentation concerning different aspects of how to run, configure, and develop with Apollo Universal
Starter Kit.



Community Support

Commercial Support

The SysGears team provides comprehensive support for commercial partners. Our team can guide you when you're using
Apollo Universal Starter Kit to build your application.

You can contact us via Skype or email [email protected]


Thanks a lot to all the wonderful people who contributed to Apollo Universal Starter Kit!


Thanks a lot to all our backers!


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Copyright © 2016-2019 SysGears (Cyprus) Limited. This source code is licensed under the MIT license.