Using heroku for Sencha Touch demo site

I needed to put a demo Sencha Touch app to showcase some of features of the framework. I wanted to put this somewhere that I could easily put up and take down if required. Currently I have no domain space that was suitable so decided to use Heroku for the job mainly to see what steps were required to get such a thing working with node.js.

The solution was quick and easy to implement.

Firstly I created a node.js script  to do the serving of the page. The script was not all that different from the example in this tutorial, which used the node-static npm

var static = require('node-static'),
  http = require('http'),
  util = require('util');
var webroot = './sencha',
  port = process.env.PORT || 5000;

var file = new(static.Server)(webroot, {
  cache: 600,
  headers: { 'X-Powered-By': 'node-static' }
http.createServer(function(req, res) {
  req.addListener('end', function() {
    file.serve(req, res, function(err, result) {
      if (err) {
        console.error('Error serving %s - %s', req.url, err.message);
        if (err.status === 404 || err.status === 500) {
          file.serveFile(util.format('/%d.html', err.status), err.status, {}, req, res);
        } else {
          res.writeHead(err.status, err.headers);
      } else {
        console.log('%s - %s', req.url, res.message);
console.log('node-static running at http://localhost:%d', port);

I knew this script was very basic but as I didn’t have much time to do this (literally an evening), and it worked I decided to go with it.

I put all the sencha code into a sub folder called “sencha” and saved the javascript above as server.js. I then tested running it locally by using command “node server.js”. Browsing to http://localhost:5000 brings up ./sencha/index.html, which in turn should load up the sencha app. It seems node-static, like any web server, defaults to index.html in the absence of any specific request.

This all worked fine so to get the app on heroku. I had to add a Procfile and a package.json file. The Procfile just had one line; web: node server.js. The package.json file contained the node-static npm version:

  "name": "static",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "dependencies": {
    "node-static": "0.6.4"

You must have the correct version for any npm’s used or heroku will crash when deploying. To make sure you have this, execute the following locally:npm list. This will list all npms saved and their versions.

Once you have everything in place you can deploy to Heroku using their instructions:


Deploying To Heroku using Git as a newbie

After preparing a simple node.js app, I deployed it to Heroku. by going through the following terminal commands (also see heroku guide)

git add .
git commit -msg "first commit"
heroku create stack --cedar
git push heroku master
heroku ps:scale web=1
heroku ps
heroku logs

Once deployed the app errored. So I rebulit and redeployed. When you do this several times in a short space of time it’s worth remembering the following…

Heroku locks on to a deployment environment using your git config. What I mean by this is when you do git commit and then git push heroku master, git is told about the url it is pushing to.

So when you do

git remote -v

This tells you what environments git has remote repositories stored at. I was mistakenly creating new cedar stacks and trying to deploy to them after destroying previous “erroring” stacks and kept getting a similar error to this: ! No such app as fierce-fog-63. What I should have done is kept the existing heroku stack (fierce-fog-63) and deployed to that instead.

So to remove the link between git and the remote repository and create a new link to a stack you have just created, you execute the following:

git remote rm heroku
git remote add heroku

where is the heroku url you are deploying to.

More info on this at