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Get started

Malvid can be integrated into your project in two ways: Using the CLI or using the API of Malvid. This guide covers the first way and shows you how to create a simple project.

1. Setup your project

Create a new folder called src and a folder called button inside the src folder. Than add a button.html, button.ejs and button.data.json to it.

You can fill them with the following content:

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
	<head>

		<meta charset="utf-8">

	</head>
	<body>

		<a class="#">Button</a>

	</body>
</html>
<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
	<head>

		<meta charset="utf-8">

	</head>
	<body>

		<a class="<%= href %>"><%= label %></a>

	</body>
</html>
{
  "href": "#",
  "label": "Button"
}

This is just an example. The button.html should be generated by combining the button.ejs and button.data.json. This is your part and you can use whatever you want to generate the HTML. Typing the file by hand is okay for this guide, but you don't want to manually write your button.html in a real project.

It's also worth to note that you don't want to make the layout (<html>, <body> etc.) part of your component. The layout should be wrapped around the components during your compilation process to make them reusable.

2. Create a configuration

Your first component is ready. You can now create a configuration file to adjust the UI of Malvid to your needs. This step is optional and can be skipped if you wish to stay with the default configuration.

Create a file named malvidfile.json in the root folder of your project.

{
  "src": "src/",
  "pattern": "**/*.ejs"
}
  • src specifies the folder Malvid should look into. It typically contains your project or components.
  • pattern uses the same patterns the shell uses. It specifies the component files Malvid should look for. The given pattern will match all files inside the src folder ending with ejs.

3. Run Malvid

First, install or update to the newest version of Node.js. Malvid is written in Node.js, but you only need to know the basics of Node.js and JavaScript to use it.

You can install Malvid using npm or you can run it directly using npx. If you wonder what npm or npx are: Both tools ship with Node.js and you should already have them installed now. The first one (npm) is a package manager while npx is a shortcut to run packages from npm.

The command should be executed from your project's root.

npx malvid src/index.html src/index.html.json

4. View the UI

Your project now contains two files generated by the Malvid CLI: index.html and index.html.json. The complete structure should look like this:

.
├── malvidfile.json
├── (node_modules)
├── (package.json)
├── src
│   ├── index.html
│   ├── index.html.json
│   ├── button
│   │   ├── button.html
│   │   ├── button.ejs
│   │   └── button.data.json

Fire up a static file server of your choice and navigate to the HTML file. Here's an example using http-server with the entry folder pointing to src/ and caching disabled:

npx http-serve ./src -c-1

Malvid UI in a browser

What's next

This was just a taste of what Malvid can do for you. Try the official Skeleton project for a more practical example. Skeleton is a HTML5 Boilerplate built upon Rosid and Malvid. JS (with Babel, UglifyJS), SASS (with cssnano, Autoprefixer) and Nunjucks can be used right out of the box.

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