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dFiddle

JSFiddle et al. are all great when there's a need to fiddle with CSS/JavaScript/HTML snippets or share code during discussions on stackoverflow or newsgroups. Unfortunately, due to the nature of Durandal which encourages you to break down apps into many smaller modules and then use composition to stitch them back together, those apps are no longer at their sweet spot. There's no easy way to deal with multiple smaller external files in tools like JSFiddle. dFiddle to the rescue!

What is it?

A cut down version of Durandal, hosted as a Github repo with only one gh-pages branch. By cutting things down to the bare minimum, dFiddle allows bringing up live Durandal fiddles in minutes.

Basic Usage

  1. Fork dFiddle on GitHub (hint: there's a fork button in the upper right) and optionally clone it to your local machine
  2. For each example in the Durandal Starter Kit you'll find a fiddle version that can be used as a starting point for your own code.
  3. You're in the mood for creating more examples? Great! Simply create sub-folders in a samples sub-category folders e.g. samples/viewCompostion and add it to sampleGroups in index.js. Check out https://github.com/dFiddle/dFiddle-1.2/blob/gh-pages/App/samples/viewComposition/index.js#L9 for the exact syntax.

Advanced Usage

  1. See above.
  2. Go free style by replacing every bit in the solution with your own code.

Note: If your are trying to get a BreezeJS application up and running you might be better off by hosting your solution on Microsoft Azure, as this would allow you to work with the ASP.NET Web API, which you would have to mock up on GitHub otherwise. The same goes for fiddles that leverage other data technologies.

Sharing the Fiddle

Once you make your first commit the live version will become available at an URL like http://Your_User_Name.github.io/dFiddle-1.2. The published Url can be found under Repo | Settings | GitHub Pages. According to GitHub, it may take up to ten minutes for changes to be visible.

Totally optional: Whenever you find a solution for a specific issue, send a pull request so that it can be integrated.