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README.md

Estático Nou

Refactored https://github.com/unic/estatico with separate packages for every task. Mono-repo based on Lerna.

What is this?

Estático is basically a set of (mostly) gulp.js tasks to build a static frontend. At Unic we use it to develop frontend prototypes / pattern libraries.

The goal is to provide a thin wrapper on top of de-facto-standards like webpack, Babel, Sass, ESLint or stylelint, to name the most important ones.

As you can see in our boilerplate, we rely on the default configuration files for aforementioned tools, which should make your code very portable. Specifically, you could decide on using webpack without our wrapper task and would still get the same result. However, using the tasks will give you the following advantages:

  • Sensible and battle-tested defaults for tools like webpack and Sass.
  • "Smart" file watching based on a dependency graph of your code. This makes sure that editing a Sass or Handlebars partial will only rebuild the necessary files.
  • Extended logging, making use of gulp's loglevel flag. So running a task with -LLLL will give you more detailed infos than with -L.
  • Config validation using joi, trying to make sure that you know why a task might be failing instead of just throwing an exception.

When could I use this?

It very much depends on what you are creating. We often build rather static frontend prototypes containing only small application parts. There, a setup based on Gulp task has proven to be very helpful and flexible.

If the asset pipeline part isn't that important, a static site generator like 11ty might be a better fit. It is also possible to combine Estático with tools like Fractal, which would take care of the templating and component previewing part.

For a JavaScript application we would rather recommend using the corresponding tools like Vue CLI, Create React App or Angular CLI.

How can I use it?

The tasks and helpers are npm packages published in our @unic scope. The READMEs explaining how to install and use them are both available on npmjs.com and in the corresponding directories of this repo (see links above).

The estatico-boilerplate package is meant as a demo project / boilerplate. Therefore it is not available on npm but rather needs to be cloned locally (see instructions on how to do this).

What does it contain?

Tasks

Helpers

How can I contribute?

  • Clone this repository
  • Install lerna globally: npm i -g lerna
  • Bootstrap (installing dependencies and linking them): lerna bootstrap

If bootstrapping fails, reducing the concurrency might help: lerna bootstrap --concurrency=1

Every package in packages/ can be developed separately.

Manage npm dependencies

Since lerna does magic things with packages (symlinking local ones etc.), we need to use lerna add to add new dependencies to a package. Examples: lerna add node-sass --scope=@unic/estatico-sass or lerna add left-pad --dev --scope=@unic/estatico-boilerplate.

To remove dependencies, delete them from the corresponding package.json.

Run lerna bootstrap after any change (either adding or removing).

Boilerplate

As described above, the estatico-boilerplate package is meant as a demo project. I has the main packages specified as dependencies and Lerna takes care of linking them locally. So a change to estatico-stylelint will immediately be available in estatico-boilerplate. This is very useful when working on task packages since the corresponding changes can immediately be tested in the boilerplate.

Tests

To run all tests in every package we can call lerna exec -- npm test. For a specific one we can use lerna exec --scope=@unic/estatico-stylelint -- npm test (or npm run lerna-test after navigating into a package).

Release

npm release will run lerna publish --conventional-commits and generate a CHANGELOG via Conventional Changelog. For this changelog to be properly created, the correct commit message format needs to be used.

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