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Building Star Wars Crawler with Azure Static Web Apps - Part 3

Deploying the Application to Azure Static Web Apps

We have our application working locally now, nothing better than making it available to the world so that we can show everyone what we have developed.

In this case we are going to use Azure Static Web Apps.

But firstly, what is Azure Static Web Apps? Azure Static Web Apps is a service that automatically builds and deploys full stack web apps to Azure from a code repository. Belo you can see the whole workflow around the ASWA:


And we're going to deploy our application using directly in the Visual Studio Code using the extension:

Open up VS Code and let's get into the Azure Portal right there! Click on the Azure icon and sign in with your Azure account:


Go to the Create Static Web App with a + sign:


Now, follow these steps:

  1. Include a app name. Ex.: intro-starwars-app
  2. Select a region for hosting our app.
  3. Now, choose the build preset to configure default project structure. In this case we are not using frameworks. Just JavaScript, HTML and CSS. In this case choose: custom
  4. Now we need to include the location of our application. For our application will be: /public
  5. The final step is to include the location of our build output. In this case, remove build and leave blank

A box will open, click on the link: Open Actions in GitHub


Once you click it, you will be redirected to the GitHub Actions repository page showing the entire build workflow (C.I and C.D).


Now let's return to the Azure Static Web Apps Extension and right click on Browser Site


And see the app in action!


If you want, you can see the deployed application HERE - Star Wars Intro App

Final Words

Today we have learned how to create a Star Wars Intro App using: HTML, CSS and JavaScript/Node.js. And finally we hosted our application using the Azure Static Web Apps service.

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Top comments (1)

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Tim Moss

Just in case anyone else has the same issue.

I hit a strange and somewhat nasty problem working through this example.
At some point, when I cut and paste the intro.js file from here into VS Code,
the text got subtly reformatted.

Every line of the code was prefixed with a single space

  • maybe to line up with the */ at the end of the "header" comment.

Unfortunately this meant that some of the code didn't work/trigger as expected.
e.g. the star-field worked, but the start button, scrolling/crawling of the text did not!

Since the only diffence in the code was this preceding space on each line it was pretty tricky to spot!
Was using "Inspect" function in Edge comparing my SWA and Glaucia's working SWA

  • seaping between 2 tabs showed the JS code moving left and right by once space (otherwise identical)

Not sure if this is a common thing or down to some extension I have in VS Code trying to be a bit too clever!

Thanksfully it was easy to fix once I found it.

  • Turn on "column editing mode" in VS Code
  • Select the "column" of unwanted spaces
  • Delete then save the file
  • recommit and syncrhonise
  • Boom! the static web app worked as expected