This past summer I set up a little 6-dollar-a-month Ditigal Ocean linux server to run crons jobs for different coding projects like my Plug-N-Play Twitter Engager and some stock analyzer scripts. It was a pretty barebones server instance so it took a bit of work to get into production-ready state. I've tried to compile the steps here so others (and future me) can reference it for a quicker setup. ?
Although I am a huge fan of lambda functions and s3 + cloudfront deployment stacks, in this current project I was using the botkit framework to make a slack chatbot. The framework is awesome, but the only catch was that it needs to be actually deployed on a real server so I had to put on my sys admin hat and fire up some ec2's. I ran into an interesting challenge in that the botkit server wants to run on localhost:3000, but in order to run it securely I need to use port 443. After unsuccessfully trying a few simpler hacks I bit the bullet and chose to use nginx as a reverse proxy here. I hadn't had much hands-on experience with nginx before this project so it was definitely a learning experience for me, and this post will be basically a walkthrough of the things I did to get it up and running.
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