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Ncapsulate

Ncapsulate

Ncapsulate is a NuGet wrapper for NodeJS and libraries of the Node Ecosystem. Such tools currently include Bower, Gulp, Grunt, Npm, Karma, and support is easy to add for more.

Why Ncapsulate?

Ncapsulate's goal is to surround useful tools like NodeJS, NPM, Bower, Gulp and more while not requiring developers to install the tools or understand how to use their console, and console commands.

The goal is to make it portable and compatible with NuGet Package Restore. With those goals in mind, it allows larger .NET development teams to adopt different Front End Tools for building applicaitons, without affecting the developer that typcially works behind the scenes, and doesn't care about the front end world. While giving the Front End Developers the ability to adopt modern tools, and processes to create exceptional User Experiences.

How does it work?

Ncapsulate plays off the fact that Node can run as a single executable, and then uses Nuget dependencies so that you only need to install tools you plan on using.

In addition since the user is downloading Node as a Nuget package, Ncapsulate also provides extra (optional) MSBuild tasks, so that integrating any of the tools is extremely easy, and allows you to follow other build patterns, such as incremental builds, so tasks only run if they are needed. This allows JavaScript projects to only impose a 1 build slow down on Back-end developers that may not do any work in the JavaScript space.

Example

There is an example solution that uses Ncapsulate. This example takes the latest SPA template from Visual Studio and converts it to using Ncapsualte for a few tasks.

  1. Dependencies are installed using Npm and Bower
  2. It is built with RequireJS
  3. Unit tests are run through Karma
  4. Demonstrates both Gulp and Grunt, keep in mind in most cases you'll either pick Grunt or Gulp, not both!

https://github.com/Blacklite/Ncapsulate.Example

Installing

Visual Studio

Search for Ncapsulate.Node in the Nuget Package Manager

Package Manager Console

Install-Package Ncapsulate.Node

Configuration

Once installed you will have 3 new items in your solution.

CMD files

node.cmd and npm.cmd are shortcuts to run those commands from the command line without having to install node locally for a developer. These can be "excluded" from the project if you do not want the clutter, but they must be committed to source control, so that they exist for the tooling to work correctly.

Targets

You will also have a new folder App_Build, this folder will contain .targets files for each dependnency you have installed. These can be removed safely if you do not need them.

Targets are very useful though, these allow you to change your projects build without needing to manually edit the project xml, which forces you to unload the project. In these targets files we have some examples of using Inputs/Outputs to create incremental builds that only change as dependent files change.

Ncapsulate.Node

Ncapsulate Node

This is the primary package, and it includes both Node and Npm since they are generally both required for anything else to work.

Features

  • Node
  • NPM

Tasks

NpmInstall

This task allows you to invoke npm install without using the command line. In addition this task also allows you to specify a specific dependency if for example you do not want to use package.json for keeping node packages.

Usage

    <NpmInstall [Module=""] />

NpmUpdate

This task allows you to invoke npm update without using the command line. In addition this task also allows you to specify a specific dependency if for example you do not want to use package.json for keeping node packages.

Usage

    <NpmUpdate [Module=""] />

Ncapsulate.Bower

Ncapsulate Bower

This is a package that brings in bower integration to Ncapsulate.

Tasks

BowerInstall

Installs the bower packages much like calling bower install from the command line In addition this task also allows you to specify a specific dependency if you for example do not want to use a bower.json file for keeping bower dependencies.

Usage

    <BowerInstall [Module=""] />

BowerUpdate

Installs the bower packages much like calling bower update from the command line In addition this task also allows you to specify a specific dependency if you for example do not want to use a bower.json file for keeping bower dependencies.

Usage

    <BowerInstall [Module=""] />

Ncapsulate.Grunt

Ncapsulate Grunt

This is a package that brings in grunt integration to Ncapsulate.

Tasks

Grunt

Allows you to run a specific grunt task as part of your build process. Tasks are optional and will default to default just like calling grunt from the command line.

You can specifiy the grunt file if it differs from the default gruntfile.js, as well as set Force and Verbose for additional needs.

Usage

    <Grunt [Tasks=""] [Gruntfile=""] [Force="true|false"] [Verbose="true|false"] />

Ncapsulate.Gulp

Ncapsulate Gulp

This is a package that brings in gulp integration to Ncapsulate.

Tasks

Gulp

Allows you to run a specific gulp task as part of your build build process. Tasks are optional and will default to default just like calling gulp from the command line.

You can specifiy the gulpfile if it differs from the default gulpfile.js, as well as you can set optional parameters, since by default gulp does not have the concept of force or verbose. Though you can define custom ones, for example being able to have different builds for Release or Debug.

Usage

    <Gulp [Tasks=""] [Gulpfile=""] [Params=""]/>

Ncapsulate.Karma

Ncapsulate Karma

This is a package that brings in karma integration to Ncapsulate.

Tasks

Karma

Starts a single run of Karma with the given settings. This allows you to customize the karam run based on various items such as browsers or reporters, much like running against the command line.

Usage

    <Karma [Configfile=""] [Port=""] [LogLevel=""] [Reporters=""] [Browsers=""] [CaptureTimeout=""] [ReportSlowerThan=""] />

For Developers

Build Tasks

Build tasks are used to create additional Ncapsulate packages. The process is generally very similar per dependency so these are helper tasks that let you create a dependency with very little fuss.

GetVersion

Gets the version of the given npm dependency.

Usage

<GetVersion Name="bower">
  <Output TaskParameter="Version" ItemName="BowerVersion" />
</GetVersion>

InstallModule

Installs the given modules to prepare them for being included in a nuget package. This will also squish the node_modules directories.
NOTE: This can at times cause issues with different versions of dependences, if there is a breaking change. So be mindful that your dependency works as expected

Usage

<InstallModule Modules="bower" />

NcapsulateTask

This is a base class that can be used to execute commands against node. This is used to construct custom tasks like <BowerInstall Name="" /> to create tasks that can be consumed by your end users.

Contributing

Any additional help would be great, I welcome any pull requests to add new dependencies that you feel might be benefical. Once we execeed 10 or so npm packages I would like break each project out into seperate git repo's to increase seperation.