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Offers you a Yeoman generator to initiate a Web application with Angular powered by GulpJS.


Why generator-gulp-angular ?

This generator combines the best features of other generators like generator-angular, ngTailor and generator-gulp-webapp into an optimal workflow for starting applications with AngularJS powered by Gulp!

generator-gulp-angular scaffolds an AngularJS application with a full-featured gulpfile.js, giving you immediate out-of-the-box access to all tasks for modern web development.

My intention is to create a generator that gives users total control over their development toolbox so they can immediately start projects with their preferred tools, such as specific UI frameworks or JavaScript preprocessors.


Create your project

Install the required tools: yo, gulp, bower

npm install -g yo gulp bower

Install generator-gulp-angular:

npm install -g generator-gulp-angular

Make a new directory, and cd into it:

mkdir my-new-project && cd $_

Run yo gulp-angular, optionally passing an app name:

yo gulp-angular [app-name]

Yo options

yo gulp-angular --help or yo gulp-angular -h for help. All options are not required. If not provided, default values will be used.

  • --app-path='src' customize Angular's app folder, relative to cwd, default is src
  • --dist-path='dist' customize build target folder, relative to cwd, default is dist
  • --e2e-path='e2e' customize e2e test specs folder, relative to cwd, default is e2e
  • --tmp-path='.tmp' customize pre-processing temp folder, relative to cwd, default is .tmp
  • --skip-install do not run bower install and npm install after generating the app, default is false (not skip)
  • --skip-welcome-message skip yo welcome messages, default is false (not skip)
  • --skip-message skip install messages, default is false (not skip)
  • --default use default configurations, default is false
  • --advanced prompt for advanced additional features, default is false

Paths configuration are stored in gulpfile.js. Change options.(src|dist|tmp|e2e) in gulpfile.js if you want to config paths after the app is generated.

Warning: The paths are also written in the index.html for the build with useref. If you want to change these paths, you also have to change the paths there in order to have the build task working.

Use Gulp tasks

  • gulp or gulp build to build an optimized version of your application in /dist
  • gulp serve to launch a browser sync server on your source files
  • gulp serve:dist to launch a server on your optimized application
  • gulp test to launch your unit tests with Karma
  • gulp test:auto to launch your unit tests with Karma in watch mode
  • gulp protractor to launch your e2e tests with Protractor
  • gulp protractor:dist to launch your e2e tests with Protractor on the dist files

More information on the gulp tasks in this

Directory structure

Best Practice Recommendations for Angular App Structure

The root directory generated for a app with name gulpAngular :

├──  src/
│   ├──  app/
│   │   ├──  components/
│   │   │   └──  navbar/
│   │   │   │   ├──  navbar.controller.js
│   │   │   │   └──  navbar.html
│   │   ├──  main/
│   │   │   ├──  main.controller.js
│   │   │   ├──  main.controller.spec.js
│   │   │   └──  main.html
│   │   └──  index.js
│   │   └──  index.(css|less|scss)
│   │   └──  vendor.(css|less|scss)
│   ├──  assets/
│   │   └──  images/
│   ├──  404.html
│   ├──  favico.ico
│   └──  index.html
├──  gulp/
├──  e2e/
├──  bower_components/
├──  nodes_modules/
├──  .bowerrc
├──  .editorconfig
├──  .gitignore
├──  .jshintrc
├──  bower.json
├──  gulpfile.js
├──  karma.conf.js
├──  package.json
├──  protractor.conf.js

Features included in the gulpfile

  • useref : allow configuration of your files in comments of your HTML file
  • ngAnnotate : convert simple injection to complete syntax to be minification proof
  • uglify : optimize all your JavaScript
  • csso : optimize all your CSS
  • rev : add a hash in the file names to prevent browser cache problems
  • watch : watch your source files and recompile them automatically
  • jshint : JavaScript code linter
  • imagemin : all your images will be optimized at build
  • Unit test (karma) : out of the box unit test configuration with karma
  • e2e test (protractor) : out of the box e2e test configuration with protractor
  • browser sync : full-featured development web server with livereload and devices sync
  • angular-templatecache : all HTML partials will be converted to JS to be bundled in the application
  • TODO lazy : don't process files which haven't changed when possible

Questions the generator will ask

  • jQuery: jQuery 1.x, 2.x, Zepto, none
  • Angular modules: animate, cookies, touch, sanitize
  • Resource handler: ngResource, Restangular, none
  • Router: ngRoute, UI Router, none
  • UI Framework: Bootstrap, Foundation, Angular Material, none (depends on the chosen CSS preprocessor)
  • UI directives : UI Bootstrap, Angular Strap, official Bootstrap JavaScript, Angular Foundation, official Foundation JavaScript, none (depends on the UI framework)
  • CSS pre-processor: Less, Sass with Ruby and Node, Stylus, none
  • JS preprocessor: CoffeeScript, TypeScript, ECMAScript 6 (Traceur and Babel), none
  • HTML preprocessor: Jade, Haml, Handlebars, none
  • TODO Script loader: Require, Webpack, none
  • TODO Test framework: Jasmine, Mocha, Qunit


All changes listed in the GitHub releases





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