A visual explorer for the biological Tree of Life.
- package.json: Contains npm project information, such as package dependencies.
- package-lock.json: Auto-generated by npm. Used for replicable installations.
- LICENCE.txt: This project’s license (MIT).
Client & Server
- src: Contains most of the client-side code.
- index.html: Holds code for the main page, into which code from ‘src’ will be included.
- public: Contains files to be copied unchanged in the production-build of the UI.
- backend: Contains code for the server, and for generating tree-of-life data.
- vite.config.js: For configuring Vite.
- tailwind.config.js: For configuring Tailwind.
- postcss.config.js: For configuring Tailwind.
- tsconfig.json: For configuring Typescript.
- .gitignore: Lists files to be ignored if using Git.
- DEPLOY.md: Instructions for deployment on an Apache server on Ubuntu.
- prebuild.sh: Bash script for automating some steps of deployment.
Note: Running your own version of the client and server should be straightforward,
but generating the database that they use takes a long time. More details are
- If you don’t have npm or Node.js installed, you can download a Node installer from
https://nodejs.org/en/download, which includes npm. This project was coded using version 16.
- In this directory, run the command
npm install, which install packages listed in
package.json, creating a
node_modulesdirectory to hold them.
npm run devstarts the dev server.
If you don’t have Python 3 installed, see https://www.python.org/downloads.
The package manager Pip is included.
The database used by the server is generated using scripts in
See it’s README for instructions. You’ll likely need to install a few
packages using Pip.
The dev server is started by running
To run it, you’ll need to install jsonpickle. This can be done using
python -m pip install jsonpickle.
If you want to keep the installed package separate from your system’s packages,
it’s common practice to use venv.
./server.py, which starts a basic HTTP server that provides
tree-of-life data on port 8000.
- In this directory, or somewhere in
npm run dev. This starts a dev server that
provides Tilo’s user interface on port 3000.
- Open a web browser, and navigate to http://localhost:3000.
Deploying the Website
This is significantly dependent on the server platform.
instructions for deployment on an Apache server on an Ubuntu system.
Tilo is licensed under the MIT Licence.