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This is a front-end boilerplate to aid in standing up a client-side application quickly. It's is intended to be platform agnostic and easy to extend for your needs. The only dependencies it has are node.js and npm. It utilizes gulp as well as webpack to compile and minify files and also includes bower for library package management.

What it includes

  • SCSS compiling to CSS (using node sass so there is no ruby depency)
  • JS module bundling (using webpack)
  • Nunjucks static HTML compiling
  • Library package management via bower
  • Static webserver using Connect and LiveReload
  • Production minification of CSS and JavaScript
  • Image optimization
  • Heroku configuration files and instructions for deploying static files to staging server with basic auth

How do I get set up?

  • Install node.js and npm
  • Run npm install from the root of the directory
  • Run bower install to install any library dependencies (initially includes jQuery)
  • Run gulp or gulp build to build the project files one time. The files are compiled from /src to /web.

Other gulp tasks and options available

  • gulp watch will build the site and start watching files (.scss, .html, media files (any file in /src/media), .js, or .json) for changes. Incremental builds will occur depending on the type of file that was updated (i.e. changes to .scss files will only rebuild the css).
  • gulp --prod will rebuild the site and minify the CSS and JS (intended for production releases). The HTML templates will include the minified versions of the bundled CSS and JS files automatically.
  • gulp --serve or gulp watch --serve will start up a static local webserver using Connect middleware and LiveReload.

Deployment to Heroku

  • Sign up with a Heroku account
  • Install the Heroku Toolbelt
  • Update the username and password fields on line #3 to your liking
  • If you don't have a git repo already run git init to initialize a git repo
  • Run heroku create to add a new Heroku app
  • Make sure that you're using the ruby buildpack by running the following command
    heroku buildpacks:set
  • Add a second buildpack to allow node to build
    heroku buildpacks:add --index 1
  • Run git add . and git commit -m "you git message here"
  • Run git push heroku master
  • When that's done deploying run heroku open to view your site in the browser.