A Lineman Template for creating JavaScript libs for the web.
JavaScript CoffeeScript
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This is a hyper-focused template project for Lineman that's designed to make it an absolute breeze to develop and distribute JavaScript libraries for the web.

getting started

  1. clone & cd into this repo
  2. ensure you have Node and Lineman installed
  3. run lineman build

Now, if you crack open the dist directory, you should see two files:


/* your-lib-name-here - 0.0.1
 * A description about how Lineman helped you build your lib
 * https://your/lib/name/here
(function() {
 //... some JavaScript code

and your-lib-name-here.min.js:

/* your-lib-name-here - 0.0.1
 * A description about how Lineman helped you build your lib
 * https://your/lib/name/here
(function() {/* some minified JavaScript code */}).call(this);

Well that was fun! lineman build has created a little library distribution for us.

What's nifty is that the repo also benefits from the same lifecycle that Lineman provides for web apps. The gist is that means you can:

  • Get live compilation of CoffeeScript (or JSHinting) with lineman run
  • Use as many files as you like and know that they'll be concatenated for you
  • Write tests and run them with lineman spec during development
  • Run tests in CI with lineman spec-ci

See Lineman's README for more details.

making your lib

Once you've confirmed that everything's working, the next step is to make it your own!

First, take a look at the package.json and fill it out with the pertinent details about your library:

  "name": "your-lib-name-here",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "description": "A description about how Lineman helped you build your lib",
  "homepage": "https://your/lib/name/here",
  "author": {
    "name": "Justin Searls (or your name)",
    "company": "Test Double, LLC (or your company)"
  "dependencies": {
    "lineman": "~0.11.0"

Second, you'll probably want to remove the sample code at app/js/sum_to.coffee and spec/js/sum_to_spec.coffee.

Third, you'll probably want to call a friend over to your desk to show how easy it is as you write your library with Lineman.

Fourth, you'll want to delete this README and write your own! Good luck!


It's worth mentioning that lineman-lib-template will, by default, not include any JavaScript files you place in vendor/js in the distribution. However, some libraries may desire this behavior and it can be set with a flag at the top of config/application.coffee, just change false to true:

includeVendorInDistribution = true

publishing your lib to npm for use with Node.js

This template also provides an easy example of publishing your lib on Node if that's appropriate. Instead of pointing at the built distribution, consider exporting your goods from main.js. Take a look at the project as a silly little example (note that it is dumping the example method, sumTo onto global scope).