SBT Resource Management
SBT Resource Management is a plugin designed to handle:
- Compiling SASS to CSS via compass.
- Combining and compressing CSS stylesheets via YUI Compressor.
- Deploying combined/compressed JS and CSS to Amazon S3.
Commands are provided for each of these steps, and some convention-based configuration is used to bundle JS and CSS into bundles that can be used in Lift. Notably, there is a component of the bundling process that requires support in the Lift app, not in sbt. More on that in a moment.
Adding as a plugin
To add sbt-resource-management to your project, add the following to your
addSbtPlugin("com.openstudy" % "sbt-resource-management" % "0.4.3-SNAPSHOT")
To get started you have to import the settings from this plugin:
If you're interested in deploying your assets to S3, you need to specify the access key, the secret key, and the name of the bucket in your build.sbt file. After your import of the default resource management settings, add the following lines to set up S3 deployment.
awsAccessKey := Some("YOUR_ACCESS_KEY") awsSecretKey := Some("YOUR_SECRET_KEY") awsS3Bucket := Some("YOUR_S3_BUCKET")
If you are using IAM roles to authorize your deployment machine to deploy to the S3 bucket, you can leave off the access key and secret key.
By default, the following directories/files are used; listed beside them are the variables that can be used to customize these:
scriptDirectories in ResourceCompile)
src/main/webapp/*/stylesheetsfor CSS (
styleDirectories in ResourceCompile)
src/main/webapp/**/*.coffeefor CoffeeScript (
coffeeScriptSources in ResourceCompile)
target/compiled-coffee-scriptfor compiled CoffeeScript (
compiledCoffeeScriptDirectory in ResourceCompile)
target/compressedfor compressed JS and CSS (
By default, Compass runs a normal
compass compile. If you wish to force
compilation every time, add the following line to your settings:
forceSassCompile := true
sbt resources:copy-scripts. This does two things:
- Compile any CoffeeScript (
resources:compile-coffee-script) to the compiled CoffeeScript directory.
For SASS files, you can run
sbt resources:compile-sass. Notably, this
compass command, so compass must be installed and you must
have a config.rb file in your project root. It also sets the
asset_domain environment variable to the value of awsS3Bucket, which is
used by compass to create proper asset paths, and sets the compass
environment to production. You can use this in your config.rb to act
differently in the face of production settings (we use this to enable
relative_assets only when the environment is NOT production and to
toggle the output style from between compressed and expanded).
awsS3Bucket setting is not set, then the asset_domain
environment variable is not set either.
Bundles and compression
SBT resource management offers a relatively simple way to bundle
combine them in production. By default, it looks in the
bundleDirectory in ResourceCompile) for two files:
scriptBundle in ResourceCompile) and
styleBundle in ResourceCompile).
These files take the following form:
first-bundle-name first-bundle-file-1 first-bundle-file-2 first-bundle-file-3 ... second-bundle-name second-bundle-file-1 ...
landing openstudy-base.js openstudy-analytics.js landing.js shim-and-shiv.js login-and-signup.js placeholders.js templates.js error-handling.js
The resulting bundle will be called landing.js in production, and will contain the contents of the files listed below it.
CSS is similar:
landing museo.css login.css landing.css
The resulting bundle here is landing.css.
You can also reference another bundle name in a bundle to include its files in the current bundle. For example:
super-landing landing more-landing.js massive-landing.js
The above super-landing.js bundle would include everything in the landing bundle, plus the more-landing.js and massive-landing.js files.
In the event that you need to deploy some bundles to buckets other than the
one specified in the
awsS3Bucket setting, the bundle file format supports
that as well. Simply add an arrow after the end of the bundle name and provide
the name of the bucket you wish to have that bundle deployed to. To define a
bundle that should go to assets2.openstudy.com, you would write something like
bundle-going-elsewhere->assets2.openstudy.com somescript.js somescript2.js rickroll.js
Scripts and CSS are combined and compressed with the two commands:
$ sbt resources:compress-scripts $ sbt resources:compress-styles
These read the above bundle definitions and create the appropriate
combined, compressed bundle files, dropping them in the compressed
target directory from above. Note that
compress-scripts first runs
copy-scripts, and so will compile CoffeeScript if needed.
There is a combination command,
runs both the compression commands.
When sbt-resource-management compresses your resources, it also drops
stylesheet.bundle files. These files describe the "versions" of the
resulting bundles. By default, they are in the bundles directory at
scriptBundleVersions in ResourceCompile)
styleBundleVersions in ResourceCompile). An example of a
checksum-in-filename=false base-libs=eb973464460455b7b3369d2423cbce28 feed=52f1ad2c66be23b554dfc46a987040e7 group=1f8a721879bbfdd24f23e455a6b67bf5 hi-im-ie8-and-i-dont-have-a-proper-ecma-implementation-but-ten-percent-of-our-users-still-use-me=ec4fa5b263f0aa8c2a1b3d0cc1bd40eb jquery-address=1d3f939fe75ebe1e8975f1728c0925ee landing=477cfa71fab9c9c36833b4af0b362688 loading=cda37f6b044678b545f227cece6055fb profile=2a9097d76cb16b8875bd5b15f14eddb3 search-landing=c6fe1030bb5a2fff52d90744627e19d8 settings=f2854751746eae5b427ff929c6652544 single-pane=10a20a17c6b0862baca031cff63c2765
The versions here are MD5 hashes, and can be used to append a cache-buster querystring to your script and link tags. Also note the checksum-in-filename entry at the top, which is explained below.
You can also "mash" the scripts, meaning create the joined bundle files
without YUI compression, by running
Deployment to S3
If you defined the AWS settings above, SBT resource management can also push your compressed script and CSS bundles to S3. Just run:
$ sbt resources:deploy-scripts $ sbt resources:deploy-styles
Once again, there is a combination command,
resources:deploy-resources, that runs both the deploy commands.
Checksums as part of the filename
As noted by @eltimn and
recommended by Google,
"Most proxies, most notably Squid up through version 3.0, do not cache
resources with a "?" in their URL even if a Cache-control: public
header is present in the response." sbt-resource-management supports
including the checksum as part of the filename by setting the
checksumInFilename in ResourceCompile setting to true. It is false by
As seen above, the bundle-version files left by sbt-resource-management include a line indicating whether the bundles were generated with their checksums included in the filenames or not. This information can then be used to construct the appropriate filename.
Bundles: the Lift side
The Lift side of bundles is provided by a simple singleton object,
called Bundles and set up at Boot as two snippets:
style-bundle. The source for the relevant snippets is at
https://gist.github.com/2790765 . Somewhere in your Boot process, you
This will install the snippets. You can then refer to any of the bundles in your bundle files by name:
<tail> <lift:style-bundle name="feed" /> <lift:script-bundle name="feed" /> <lift:script-bundle name="tools" /> <lift:script-bundle name="group" /> <lift:script-bundle name="loading" /> </tail>
Notably, the bundle snippets above will include the expanded, unbundled files in development mode, and only try to include the bundled files in production mode. When the bundled files are included, the version files from the above bundling step are used to append the proper version to the script and link tags, either as a querystring parameter or as part of the filename, depending on the checksum-in-filename setting. When the non-bundled files are included, Lift's internal attachResourceId is used to attach the cache-busting querystring. attacheResourceId by default attaches a different unique id every time the server is run, but uses the same one within the same server run. You can change that by replacing LiftRules.attachResourceId.
sbt-resource-management is provided under the terms of the MIT License. See the LICENSE file in this same directory.
sbt-resource-management is copyright me, Antonio Salazar Cardozo, and licensed uner the terms of the MIT License. No warranties are made, express or implied. See the LICENSE file in this same directory for more details.
I have a rather sporadically updated blog at http://shadowfiend.posterous.com/.
I am the Director of Engineering at OpenStudy, where we're working on changing the face of education as we know it using Scala, Lift, and a variety of other cool tools.