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This is an app for the Elefant CMS that pre-compiles and compresses Javascript and CSS using the Assetic library.

It also supports compiling the following formats

Installation

  1. Drop this app into your apps/ folder.
  2. Open the file apps/assetic/conf/config.php and set the paths to your compressors/compilers of choice (SASS, CoffeeScript, Handlebars, etc).

By default, it will use JSMinPlus for JavaScript compression and CSSMin for CSS compression. Other options include UglifyJS2/UglifyCSS, and YUI Compressor.

Usage

To use Assetic on a single script:

<script src="{# assetic/js/my_script.js #}"></script>

This will output something like:

<script src="/cache/assetic/js_my_script.js?v=12"></script>

Similarly, you can do the same with CSS files:

<link rel="stylesheet" link="{# assetic/css/style.css #}" />

Will produce:

<link rel="styelsheet" link="/cache/assetic/css_style.css?v=12" />

To use Assetic on several scripts or stylesheets at a time:

<head>
{# assetic/myscripts?js[]=js/jquery.js&js[]=js/jquery.verify_values.js #}
</head>

This will produce:

<script src="/cache/assetic/myscripts.js?v=12"></script>

Note: Change myscripts to the name to use to save the cache file as. Otherwise, all.js will be used.

File lists can also be written over multiple lines, like this:

<head>
{# assetic/myscripts
	?js[]=js/jquery.js
	&js[]=js/jquery.verify_values.js #}
</head>

Recompiling later

To regenerate the scripts, log into Elefant and go to Tools > Assetic and click Recompile Assets. This will change the modification time on all templates, so that they are regenerated the next time they are run in the browser. The ?v= number will also regenerate so that browsers will automatically use the latest version at all times.

For development, you can also change the tags to use Elefant's {! !} tags instead, which will load the Assetic compilation process anew on each request:

<script src="{! assetic/js/my_script.js !}"></script>

It is smart enough to not regenerate the cache if the original files haven't changed, to reduce page load times during development.

How it works

The {# #} template tag will render the scripts the first time the layout is loaded and hard-code the resulting HTML into the template for subsequent requests, so the handler is only called the first time. This makes this plugin very fast for serving your optimized CSS and Javascript, since after the first load, the compiled scripts are called directly, bypassing the plugin entirely for subsequent requests.

You can achieve additional optimization by enabling GZIP output in your web server configuration.

Precompiling Handlebars templates

To precompile your Handlebars templates for faster execution on the client-side, which also includes only the much smaller Handlebars runtime without the compiler, follow these steps:

1. Save your Handlebars templates with a .handlebars file extension in your app's views folder. For example:

<!-- apps/myapp/views/hello.handlebars -->
<p>Hello {{name}}</p>

2. Include the following tag in your layout template to precompile them:

{! assetic/handlebars !}

3. After the above include has compiled the templates, you can include them via:

<script src="/cache/assetic/handlebars.compiled.js"></script>

This also includes the Handlebars runtime, minus the compiler, for you.

4. To call a template, simply refer to it like this:

<script>
$('#my-div').html (Handlebars.templates.my_template (data));
</script>

Alternately, you can run the Handlebars compiler from the command line like this:

$ cd /path/to/your/website
$ ./elefant assetic/handlebars

This replaces step 2 from the above, but note that you'll need to call it again whenever you modify a template, or run it with the --auto option to watch for template changes and automatically recompile them:

$ cd /path/to/your/website
$ ./elefant assetic/handlebars --auto
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