Serve Bootstrap is a stripped-down website prototype starting point for Serve.
It features HTML5 Boilerplate, Haml, Sass, Compass, your choice of grid frameworks, and lots of best practices.
Serve is distributed as a Ruby gem to make it easy to get up and running. You must have Ruby installed in order to download and use Serve. The Ruby download page provides instructions for getting Ruby setup on different platforms:
After you have Ruby installed, open up the command prompt and type:
gem install bundler
(OSX and Unix users may need to prefix the command with
Because we're using Bundler to handle gem dependencies, we can install all the required gems (including Serve itself!) by 'cd'-ing to the Serve Bootstrap directory and typing:
After Serve is installed, you can start it up in a given directory like this:
This will start Serve on port 4000. You can now view the prototype in your Web browser at this URL:
Learn more about Sass: http://sass-lang.org
Learn more about Compass: http://compass-style.org
Learn more about Haml: http://haml-lang.com/
Learn more about Markdown: http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax
Astute users may notice that this project is also a simple Rack application.
This means that it is easy to deploy it on Passenger or in any other
Rack-friendly environment. Rack it up with the
rackup command. For more
information about using Serve and Passenger see:
To export your project, use the "export" command:
serve export <project>:<output>
Where "project" is the path to the project and "output" is the path to the directory where you would like your HTML and CSS generated.
You can learn more about Serve on its GitHub project page: