Full Stack Development with Ember and Golang

One of my personal 2016 resolution was learning Go, and get familiar with writing restful API using Go. After couple of months learning Go, I started a simple application that use Go, and Ember to develop a Todo app. Yes, you read it right, I’m also creating another Todo app. Yet this one is different from the other you have seen because it’s built with Go for backend api, and Ember for frontend.

The source code can be found here: https://github.com/pmkhoa/restful-api-go-and-ember

Backend overview


Todo model includes Id, Name, Completed, Due

package main
import "time"
type Todo struct {
    Id          string `json:"id"`
    Name        string `json:"name"`
    Completed   bool `json:"completed"`
    Due         time.Time `json:"due"`
type Todos []Todo

We create type Todo, and Todos to hold our Todo object, and Todo list


Bootstrap http server, response to request made from the client. For our server code, we use httprouter to for our api handler, and enable CORS so that our frontend app can talk to the server when they’re on different domains.

package main
import (
    ... // import our dependencies here
func main() {
    router := httprouter.New()
    router.GET("/todos", TodosIndex)
    router.GET("/todos/:todoId", ShowTodo)
    // More routes are defined similarly

    // Enable the CORS
    c := cors.New(cors.Options{
        AllowedOrigins: []string{"*"},
        AllowedMethods: []string{"GET", "POST", "DELETE", "PUT", "PATCH", "OPTIONS"}

func TodosIndex(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request, _ httprouter.Params) {
    w.Header().Set("Content-Type", "application/json; charset=UTF-8")
    err := json.NewEncoder(w).Encode(todos)
    if err != nil {

func ShowTodo(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request, params httprouter.Params) {
    todoId := params.ByName("todoId")
    todo := RepoFindTodo(todoId)
    w.Header().Set("Content-Type", "application/json; charset=UTF-8")
    err := json.NewEncoder(w).Encode(todo)
    if err != nil {
// more handlers can be defined with other httprouter 

Data fixture

Definining Data fixture for findTodo, updateTodo, deleteTodo, createTodo. I’m using a simple data fixture to handle model operations. There will be another blog post that integrate this application with Postgres for data persistent.

// repo.go
package main
import (
var currentId int // keep track of our current todo
var todos Todos
func init() {
    // When initialize the app, we will create two sample todos
    RepoCreateTodo(Todo{Name: "Test Todo 1", Completed: false})
    RepoCreateTodo(Todo{Name: "Test Todo 2", Complete: false})
func RepoCreateTodo(t Todo) Todo {
    currentId += 1
    t.Id = strconv.Itoa(currentId)
    todos = append(todos, t)
    return t
func RepoFindTodo(id string) Todo {
    for _, todo := range todos {
        if todo.Id == id {
            return todo

Frontend overview

Simple Ember app that lists all todos, and all user to create todo. If you’re interested in learning Ember for building frontend. Feel free to check out the github repo for this.

Future development

Eventhough this was a very simple app, I have learnt a lot from building it from the ground up. Using Go for backend API is quite astonishing and simple, I think it’s a great choice for anyone who is looking for a fast, simple way to build API. There are a lot of things the can improve from this app.

  • Write README
  • Better handling errors for both backend & frontend
  • Write integration test & unit tests
  • Use Postgres for data persistent.

If you’re interested in all the source code, feel free to check it out here: https://github.com/pmkhoa/restful-api-go-and-ember

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