For the impatients
npm install -g gulp npm install -g bower npm install bower install gulp
How it works
I've read quite a few blog posts, tutorials, etc. and eventually - based on what I've learned - created an Angular boilerplate with a simple approach based on components that I'm happy to work with. It should easily scale to any size of project, from tiny single-directive apps as this boilerplate, to larger component-based mayhems.
App.js defines an angular app and requires all the external componentes, injecting them as requirements in the main app.
Components are defined through an
index.js file, automagically recognized by browserify as the main entry point for the specific module.
A component definition is hence made through 3 main steps:
creating the angular module and exporting it from
// init module and export module.exports = angular.module('components.welcome', );
requiring all the elements needed for the module from
// require here all the components imported by this module: require('./welcome.js');
from the element itself, attach the angular service/directive/etc. by requiring the component export and attaching definitions, e.g.
// require the angular module defined by this component var ngModule = require('./'); // attach the directive/service/controller defined by this component ngModule.directive('welcomeMsg', [WelcomeMsg]);
the whole component is then required by the main app and injected into its dependencies, e.g.:
// require list of components require('./components/welcome');
this way, adding additional components is as simple as dropping a new directory containing all the required scripts and importing it into the main app. Or, on the other hand, deleting a component only requires to delete its specific require and dependency injection.
gulp defines the following tasks:
- default via
gulp: builds the app defined in
scripts/app.jscalling browserify on it.
- watch via
gulp watch: watches for changes and calls the main build task.
- lint via
gulp lint: this is called automatically by build + watch
This app is just a simple boilerplate for an angularjs app compiled with gulp+browserify. If anyone comes with clever (and simple) suggestions to improve it, more than welcomed!