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project bootstrapping with an emphasis on simplicity.


how to


[sudo] npm install -g kindling


In order to bootstrap a project using one of the default templates you simply run kindling and specifiy a template and project name. For example, let's create a new browserify project called kittycannon:

kindling --template browserify --name kittycannon

available templates

kindling comes with a few templates to get you started. While they are usable as-is, the whole point of kindling is make the creation of custom templates as simple as possible.

how templates work

Templates are directories with in '~/.kindling/node_modules/kindling-*' with a 'template' directory. To create a new template simply use the TODO kindling-kindling template and publish to npm as kindling-{name}. Upon use of a template, kindling will walk the template looking for any instances of __somelowercasevariable__ and prompt for a value. For example, a template including this:

 * __description__
 * @package __name__
 * @author __author__ <__email__>

Will prompt:

description: Rainbow catsplosion.
author: Nyan Cat

Which will generate:

 * Rainbow catsplosion.
 * @package myAwesomeProject
 * @author Nyan Cat <>

Post Processing

By default, kindling will look for a makefile and (if found) will run make generator after all other template processing has been completed. This is particularly handy for dealing with template dependencies that may change over time (like git repositories or even NPM modules). For example:

    npm install

.PHONY: generator

Or... heck, let's go crazy nuts and automate setting up our git repo:

    git init
    git remote add origin
    npm install

.PHONY: generator


npm test


  • C, C++, and PHP often use the __SOMETHING__ pattern for macros. For this reason, kindling will ignore any variable instances that are specified in caps. This works fine for C and C++ users, but given that such macros in PHP are case insensitive, PHP users should keep this limitation in mind while designing templates.
  • "Good coders code. Great reuse." quote shamelessly stolen from Peteris Krumins' blog (which you should read).
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