Setting up Devlandia on Windows

What you'll need

To get started, you'll need a Github account and Juicebox AWS credentials. The Juicebox AWS credentials look like this and will be provided by Juice.

aws_access_key_id = XXX
aws_secret_access_key = YYY

Just hold on to them for now, you'll be entering them later.

Install Prerequisite Software

  • Install Visual Studio Code.
    • Be sure to select "Register Code as an editor for supported file types" and "Add to PATH"
  • Install Git for Windows.
    • Select "Use Visual Studio Code as Git's default editor".
    • Choose "Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt"
    • Choose "Use the OpenSSL library"
    • Choose "Checkout Windows-style, commit Unix-style line endings"
    • Choose "Use MinTTY"
    • Be sure that both "Enable file system caching" and "Enable Git Credential Manager" are selected.
  • Install Github Desktop
  • Install Python 2.7
    • Download the "Latest Python 2 Release"
    • Select the Windows x86-64 MSI installer
      • Install for all users
      • Choose "Add python.exe to Path"
  • Install NodeJS
    • Download either the LTS or the Current version and install.

Upgrading python

We need to upgrade pip, Python's package manager to the most recent version and we need virtualenv to be able to create virtual environments.

Start Powershell then run the commands that come after the > prompt.

> python.exe -m pip install --upgrade pip
> pip.exe install virtualenv
> pip.exe install virtualenvwrapper-win

We also need to enable the ability to run scripts in PowerShell, for virtualenv to properly work (Read About Execution Policies).

  • Start PowerShell as an administrator (open your start menu, type "powershell", right click on it, then choose "run as administrator")
  • In that shell, run set-executionpolicy RemoteSigned and answer "Y" to the prompt.
  • close the shell.

Install Docker for Windows

Download Docker here. To install it you will have to create a Docker ID.

When you install it, make sure NOT to use "Windows containers instead of linux containers". We want Linux containers! Don't worry, this is the default.

During the installation process, you will be logged out of your Windows account.

After installation, Docker doesn't start automatically. So you have to manually start it from the Start menu.

Once you do, you will see a prompt about enabling Hyper-V and Containers, which requires "Windows 10 Enterprise, Professional, or Education". Hit Ok and wait for your computer to reboot.

When it reboots, Docker should start automatically (You may want to disable auto-start-on-boot, but remember to start Docker every time you want to work on juicebox!). It'll pop-up a dialog asking for a username and password, but you don't need to enter anything there - just close the window.

That's it for the software needs!

Setting up Devlandia

The first step is to clone the Devlandia repo. Juice will give you access based onyour Github username.

First, check that you can access the devlandia repo. In a web browser, go to ( If you're logged in with your Github account, you should be able to see the repo. If not, check with Juice developer support.

Next, clone devlandia.

If you're an experienced developer, you can use HTTPS or regular ssh syntax based on your preference. The HTTPS URL will take advantage of the Windows Git Credential store.

If you're new, start Github Desktop. You'll need to log in with your Github account. Choose Clone a repository. The juiceinc repos should show up. Choose juiceinc/devlandia.

I'm going to assume that you cloned devlandia to the Documents\Github\devlandia directory in your home directory. This is the default location for Github desktop and will work great for us.

Now let's create a virtualenv for Devlandia. Go to a Powershell terminal.

> mkvirtualenv devlandia
> ~\Envs\devlandia\Scripts\activate.ps1

When you see the (devlandia) at the beginning of the prompt, you have the virtualenv activated. Success!

Let's install the devlandia dependencies into this environment:

(devlandia) > cd ~\Documents\Github\devlandia
(devlandia) > pip install -r requirements.txt

You will be prompted to log in with your github account to download the juiceinc/jbcli package.

Configuring Secrets for Devlandia/HSTM

Devlandia requires a number of secrets to get access to the AWS resources it needs.

To get started, the devlandia python requirements.txt includes the aws tool. Now that we have it installed in this virtual environment, let's configure AWS account.

> aws configure

Enter your AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY that was provided by Juice. Enter us-east-1 as the default region. Enter json as the default output format.

After running AWS configure, edit the .aws/config file. Duplicate the [default] block and name it hstm, like this

-- .aws/config

output = json
region = us-east-1

output = json
region = us-east-1

Now edit the .aws/credentials file and do the same thing to create a hstm credentials block.

-- .aws/credentials

aws_access_key_id = ********
aws_secret_access_key = *******
region = us-east-1

aws_access_key_id = ********
aws_secret_access_key = *******
region = us-east-1

Finally create a file called .config/juicebox/secrets.toml. This file stores your database connection string. Several secrets currently need to exist but aren't used. They have the value of "dummy" below. The one secret that is crucial is your database connection string. Fill in the username, password, domain, and database name using information you got from your team.

docker = "dummy"

docker = "dummy"

docker = "dummy"

docker = "dummy"

docker = "dummy"

docker = "redshift+psycopg2://{username}:{password}@{redshift-domain}:5439/{redshift-database}"

docker = "redshift+psycopg2://{username}:{password}@{redshift-domain}:5439/{redshift-database}"

Logging in and getting a Juicebox docker container

The first time you start you'll have to make sure you get a Juicebox docker container. To do this you have to get a login. After you get the login, copy the docker login comand and enter it at your command line.

> aws ecr get-login --registry-ids 423681189101 --no-include-email
docker login -u AWS -p KEYHERE

This will give you an output that looks like

docker login -u AWS -p ...

Copy that full output and run it on the command line. You should see

Login succeeded


Once the secrets are stored and you're logged into docker, let's try to actually start juicebox! Talk to your Juice rep to see what environment you should use. In this case we're using hstm-dev.

> cd environments/hstm-test
> jb start --noupgrade --noupdate

If you receive an error like:

pywintypes.error: (2, 'WaitNamedPipe', 'The system cannot find the file specified.')

then Docker for Windows isn't running. Make sure you have it installed and running.

Now that Juicebox is running, we need to add an application. Open another terminal, navigate to the ~/Juice/devlandia directory, and activate your virtual environment again. Then run the command to add a demo app or two:

> ~\Envs\devlandia\Scripts\activate.ps1
> jb add demo_api_starwars
> jb add datademo

You should now be able to navigate to http://localhost:8000/ and view an app!