Startup Engineering – setting up a web development environment

In the second week they give a introduction in developing web apps in the cloud. They us a combination of Amazon Web Services (aws), Heroku and Github. Basiclly the use a virtual machine on the amazon cloud to develop, store the work on github and push it to heroku to distribute the work via the internet.

For preperation install Google Chrome and and the User Agent Switcher (to simulate mobile devices).  Then to use a terminal enviroment you should Cygwin (important to ssh into aws you have to install the ssh package) . Then you should sign up for aws, github, gravatar and heruku. I will not cover this, but you can find detailed instruction within the official course documents.

After the setup lets connect to AWS via Ciygwin:

[sourcecode language=”shell”]#Download the ssh.key (e.g. dennisseidel-cs184.pem)
#change to home directory
cd ~
#copy key into ssh directory
cp /cygdrive/c/Users/dennis/Downloads/dennisseidel-cs184.pem .ssh/
#//give file correct permissons
chgrp Users dennisseidel-cs184. && chmod 400
#ssh into aws
ssh -i  dennisseidel-cs184.pem

Install heroku and on your AWS Ubuntu:

[sourcecode language=”shell”]
# Execute these commands on your EC2 instance.
# Note that -qO- is not -q0-. O is the English letter, 0 is the number zero.
# 1) Install heroku and git
$ sudo apt-get install -y git-core
$ wget -qO- | sh
$ which git
$ which heroku
# 2) Login and set up your SSH keys (
$ heroku login
$ ssh-keygen -t rsa //alternatively if you allready created a ssh-key add it directly
$ heroku keys:add
# 3) Clone a sample repo and push to heroku
$ git clone
$ cd node-js-sample
$ heroku create
$ git push heroku master[/sourcecode]