My preferred Node.js application setup:
- Hapi: clean Node.js Web application framework.
- AngularJS: Client-side Model-View-Whatever (MVW) framework.
- Angular UI Router
- Angular UI Bootstrap
- Browserify: CommonJS-style imports for the client.
- Bootstrap: CSS for developers who don't do CSS.
- Font Awesome
Live reload works, but you will need to use the Chrome extension.
Unfortunately, testing is a real mess right now largely due to incompatibilities between Karma and Browserify. The current version of the karma-browserify project uses an older version of the Browserify library. There's a known issue regarding the way karam-browserify uses an old feature of Browserify that breaks the test harness. I also suspect the use of aliases is also not supported (discovered during my initial experimentation). When I get some time, I'm going to try to dig into both frameworks to see if I can find a work around.