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README.md

Tina's Frontend Project Starter

A starter application for student projects in Bloc's Frontend Web Development Course.

Configuration

Start by cloning the repository:

$ git clone https://github.com/Bloc/bloc-frontend-project-starter.git <your-frontend-project-name>

The project uses Grunt to run tasks in development. Thoroughly review our resource on using Grunt before using this application. It may also help to review our resource on NPM and package.json files.

Install the project dependencies by running:

$ npm install

Run the Application

Run the application using the Gruntfile's default task:

$ grunt

The default task runs a simple server on port 3000. To view it in a any browser, go to http://localhost:3000.

Note that unless the application is run via Live Preview in Brackets, the browser will need to be refreshed to view the most recent changes.

Using without Angular

By default, the application is configured to be used in a Single-Page Application (SPA) with AngularJS. If you're working on a project that doesn't use AngularJS, see the instructions below for configuring the server to run in a non-SPA.

Use in Brackets Live Preview

To use the application with the Live Preview functionality of the Brackets text editor, go to File > Project Settings and add http://localhost:3000 to the Base URL field.

Screenshot of project settings URL in Brackets

The text in the application will not update on every keystroke, but changes will automatically push when you save the file.

Directory Structure

├── Gruntfile.js
├── LICENSE
├── Procfile
├── README.md
├── app
│   ├── assets
│   │   └── images
│   │       └── bloc-logo-white.png
│   ├── pages
│   │   └── index.html
│   ├── scripts
│   │   └── app.js
│   ├── styles
│   │   └── style.css
│   └── templates
│       └── home.html
├── package.json
└── server.js

All code, styles, markup, and assets should be saved to the app directory. Saving changes creates a new directory, dist, that holds final copies of the application content. dist is the directory the server uses to serve the content displayed by the browser. Do not edit files in dist because it will reset changes to your work every time you save. Restrict all edits to files in the app directory.

Assets/Images

Add images to the app/assets/images directory. To reference images in HTML, use the path /assets/images/<image file name>.jpg. For example, to include the image called bloc-white-logo.png, the path for the src attribute in the HTML would be:

<img src="/assets/images/bloc-white-logo.png">

Note: A sample image has been added to app/images. To remove the image from the application, run the following command from the root of repo:

$ rm -f app/assets/images/bloc-white-logo.png

To reference any other assets, like the music in Bloc Jams, use the path assets/<asset-type>/<asset-file>. The Gruntfile is pre-configured to handle assets in a subfolder with the .mp3 extension.

See lines 14 and 35 of Gruntfile.js for the accepted file extensions of assets.

Difference between Pages and Templates

The templates directory should hold any HTML files used as templates in Angular states configured by UI Router. All other HTML files belong in the pages directory.

Procfile

The Procfile is a file for providing instructions to Heroku servers that run after pushing new code to the repository. Do not change the contents of the Procfile or Heroku will throw an error when you attempt to visit your application.

For more information about how to use Heroku with Bloc's frontend applications, see our resource on using Heroku.

Configure Server for Non-SPAs

By default, bloc-frontend-project-starter is configured to be used with SPAs. If you're not building a project with Angular, then modify server.js with the following:

var Hapi = require('hapi'),
    path = require('path'),
    port = process.env.PORT || 3000,
    server = new Hapi.Server(port),
    routes = {
        css: {
            method: 'GET',
            path: '/styles/{path*}',
            handler: createDirectoryRoute('styles')
        },
        js: {
            method: 'GET',
            path: '/scripts/{path*}',
            handler: createDirectoryRoute('scripts')
        },
        assets: {
            method: 'GET',
            path: '/assets/{path*}',
            handler: createDirectoryRoute('assets')
        },
        templates: {
            method: 'GET',
            path: '/templates/{path*}',
            handler: createDirectoryRoute('templates')
        },
-        spa: {
+        staticPages: {
             method: 'GET',
             path: '/{path*}',
-            handler: {
-                file: path.join(__dirname, '/dist/index.html')
-            }
+            handler: createDirectoryRoute('/')
         }
     };
 
-server.route([ routes.css, routes.js, routes.images, routes.templates, routes.spa ]);
+server.route([ routes.css, routes.js, routes.images, routes.templates, routes.staticPages ]);
...

Optionally, delete the templates directory and all references to it in Gruntfile.js to remove unnecessary files (templates are only useful for SPAs). However, keeping them in the repository won't affect your application.

Grunt plugins

A list of the Grunt plugins in this application.

Watch

Grunt watch watches for changes to file content and then executes Grunt tasks when a change is detected.

Copy

Grunt copy copies files from our development folders and puts them in the folder that will be served with the frontend of your application.

Clean

Grunt clean "cleans" or removes all files in your distribution folder (dist) so that logic in your stylesheets, templates, or scripts isn't accidentally overridden by previous code in the directory.

Hapi

Grunt Hapi runs a server using HapiJS. Happy is a Node web application framework with robust configuration options.