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README.md

Play - BrowserSync

This project is a proof of concept to enable all the awesome features of BrowserSync in top of a Play Framework server. Also using Gulp to demonstrate how to both compile and reload assets.

Blog post

You can find my blog post explaining quickly all about that project on my website.

Setup

This setup assumes you already have sbt and NPM installed on your machine.

  1. Go to the root of the project
  • Run npm install to grab some dependencies
  • Open 2 shells
  • Run sbt run in the first one and wait for it to finish. You should have a Play server running now.
  • Run gulp in the second one, this will start a BrowserSync proxy on top of the Play server (run npm install -g gulp if you don't have gulp yet).
  • Enjoy the result at http://localhost:9001

Live-reloading

BrowserSync is configured to listen to the following files and live-reload them:

  • app/views/index.scala.html : a Scala template, will trigger a full reload of the page, and so on a compilation of the template by Play
  • public/javascript/main.js : a JavaScript file, will trigger a full reload of the page
  • resources/less/main.less : a LESS file, watched by Gulp, that will be automatically compiled to public/stylesheets/main.css, which is watched by BrowserSync and will be hot deployed (the page will be repainted with the new CSS without a full reload)

Multi-device sync

The 2nd killer feature of BrowserSync (after the live-reloading) is to sync your app across several devices. Meaning that you can open http://localhost:9001 in several browsers, in several devices (desktop, tablet, smartphone, ...) and start interacting with them. All basic actions, like clicking, touching, scrolling, ... will been replicated on all devices. This is pure awesomeness.

Author

Just me... Paul Dijou

License

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                    Version 2, December 2004

 Copyright (C) 2014 Paul Dijou

 Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim or modified
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  0. You just DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO.