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What is Yeoman?
Trick question. It's not a thing. It's this guy:
Basically, he wears a top hat, lives in your computer, and waits for you to tell him what kind of application you wish to create.
Not every new computer comes with a Yeoman pre-installed. He lives in the npm package repository. You only have to ask for him once, then he packs up and moves into your hard drive. Make sure you clean up, he likes new and shiny things.
$ npm install -g yo
$ gem install bundler
Yeoman travels light. He didn't pack any generators when he moved in. You can think of a generator like a plug-in. You get to choose what type of application you wish to create, such as a Backbone application or even a Chrome extension.
To install generator-north from npm, run:
$ npm install -g generator-north
Finally, initiate the generator:
$ yo north
Using the North generator
grunt lint or
--init- Initialize the current directory instead of creating a new directory
--git- Initialize your project with Git
--skip-install- Skips the installation process for Bundler, Bower, and (if needed) NPM.
The North generator also provides a simple way to scaffold out the partial structure for new Components or Layouts. Run either of the following commands from either the root of your project (one step below your
sass folder) or from within your
$ yo north:component
$ yo north:layout
You will then be guided through the steps to create a new component or layout with your given name and be given the ability to add Aspects.
Getting To Know Yeoman
Yeoman has a heart of gold. He's a person with feelings and opinions, but he's very easy to work with. If you think he's too opinionated, he can be easily convinced.