Transparent file compilation and dependency management for Node's connect framework in the spirit of the Rails 3.1 asset pipeline.
.coffee(CoffeeScript) files as compiled
.jstogether using Snockets
.styl(Stylus) as compiled
.less(Less) as compiled
- Serve files with an MD5 hash suffix and use a far-future expires header for maximum efficiency
- Avoid redundant git diffs by storing compiled
.cssfiles in memory rather than writing them to the disk—except when you want them (e.g. for deployment to a CDN).
First, install it in your project's directory:
npm install connect-assets
Also install any specific compilers you'll need, e.g.:
npm install coffee-script npm install stylus npm install nib npm install bootstrap-stylus npm install less
Then add this line to your app's configuration:
Finally, create an
assets directory in your project and throw all your
.coffee files in /assets/js and
.less files in /assets/css.
connect-assets provides two global functions named
css. Use them in your views. They tell connect-assets to do any necessary compilation, then return the markup you need. For instance, in a Jade template, the code
!= css('normalize') != js('jquery')
(where `!= is Jade's syntax for running JS and displaying its output) results in the markup
<link rel='stylesheet' href='/css/normalize.css'> <script src='/js/jquery.js'></script>
You can indicate dependencies in your CoffeeScript files using the Sprockets-style syntax
#= require dependency
js function at that file, two things can happen:
- By default, you'll get multiple
<script>tags out, in an order that gives you all of your dependencies.
- If you passed the
build: trueoption to connect-assets (enabled by default when
If you want to bring in a whole folder of scripts, use
#= require_tree dir
See Snockets for more information.
Note: CSS concatenation is not supported by connect-assets directly, because Stylus and Less already do a fine job of this. Stylus and Less are basically supersets of CSS, so just rename your
.css files to
.less and learn about the @import (Stylus, Less) syntax.
If you like, you can pass any of these options to the function returned by
'assets'): The directory assets will be read from
global): The object the
jshelper functions will attach to
builtAssets): Writes built asset files to disk using this directory in
productionenvironment, set to
- ... see the source (
src/assets.coffee) for more.
You can also set the "root path" on the
js helper functions (by default,
To override these roots, start a path with
'/'. So, for instance,
<link rel='stylesheet' href='/css/style.css'>
<link rel='stylesheet' href='/style.css'>
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