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Asset

Asset manager for lazy people (think homebrew for assets). Somewhat defunct unless someone wants to maintain it, otherwise I recommend component, a more robust successor.

Installation

$ npm install -g asset

Usage

 Usage: asset [command] [options]

 Commands:

   install <name ...>   installs the given asset <name ...>
   search  [query]      search available assets with optional [query]
   info  <name ...>     display verbose information for the given asset <name ...>
   none                 install dependencies from ./assets.json

 Options:

   -c, --compress    compress assets
   -o, --out <dir>   output directory defaulting to ./public
   -V, --version     output program version
   -h, --help        display help information

Examples

Installing Several Assets

By default asset installs to ./public.

  $ asset raphael jquery

   install : raphael@1.4.7
   install : jquery@1.5.2
  download : jquery@1.5.2
  complete : jquery@1.5.2 public/jquery.js
  download : raphael@1.4.7
  complete : raphael@1.4.7 public/raphael.js

Asset names accept an optional version and modifiers, taking the form:

<name> ['@' version] [':' 'compress']

To install all assets (that support compression) as compressed, we can use the --compress flag:

  $ asset jquery raphael --compress

However this can be done at the asset-level as well using the :compress modifier:

  $ asset jquery@1.4.3:compress raphael

        install : jquery@1.4.3
        install : raphael@1.4.7
       download : jquery@1.4.3
       complete : jquery@1.4.3 public/jquery.min.js
       download : raphael@1.4.7
       complete : raphael@1.4.7 public/raphael.js

Install Destination

Tweak the output directory with -o, --out <dir>.

  $ asset raphael g.raphael g.pie -o public/javascripts

   install : raphael@1.4.7
   install : g.raphael@0.4.1
   install : g.pie@0.4.1
  download : raphael@1.4.7
  complete : raphael@1.4.7 public/javascripts/raphael.js
  download : g.raphael@0.4.1
  complete : g.raphael@0.4.1 public/javascripts/g.raphael.js
  download : g.pie@0.4.1
  complete : g.pie@0.4.1 public/javascripts/g.pie.js

Alternatively passing a directory name containing "/" will work as well, since asset knows this is not an asset, and becomes equivalent to --out <dir>:

   $ asset raphael jquery public/javascripts

Dependency Resolution

Asset currently supports extremely basic dependency mapping, for example below is the output of installing g.pie, which depends on g.raphael, which in turn depends on raphael itself.

$ asset g.pie

      install : g.pie@0.4.1
   dependency : g.raphael@0.4.1
      install : g.raphael@0.4.1
   dependency : raphael@1.4.7
      install : raphael@1.4.7
     download : raphael@1.4.7
     complete : raphael@1.4.7 public/raphael.js
     download : g.raphael@0.4.1
     complete : g.raphael@0.4.1 public/g.raphael.js
     download : g.pie@0.4.1
     complete : g.pie@0.4.1 public/g.pie.js

Asset Information

Inspect verbose asset information:

$ asset info jquery g.raphael

         name : jquery
  description : jquery core framework
          url : http://code.jquery.com/jquery-{version}.min.js
      version : 1.5.2
     filename : jquery.js

         name : g.raphael
  description : charting for raphael
          url : https://github.com/DmitryBaranovskiy/g.raphael/raw/v{version}/g.raphael-min.js
      version : 0.4.1
     filename : g.raphael.js
 dependencies : raphael

Installation Destination

To install a specific version, we can use the @ character:

  $ asset jquery@1.5.0

Search Repository

We can search the repository with an optional query, listing available assets and their default versions:

 $ asset raphael

  install : raphael@1.4.7
 download : raphael@1.4.7
 complete : raphael@1.4.7 public/raphael.js

assets.json

By adding ./assets.json you can store application dependencies, and install them quickly and easily with a single command asset. For example this file may contain one or more deps:

 {
     "g.raphael": "0.4.1"
   , "jquery": "1.5.2"
   , "modernizr": "1.7"
 }

Installed with the command:

 $ asset

    install : g.raphael@0.4.1
 dependency : raphael@1.4.7
    install : raphael@1.4.7
    install : jquery@1.5.2
    install : modernizr@1.7
   download : jquery@1.5.2
   complete : jquery@1.5.2 public/jquery.js
   download : raphael@1.4.7
   complete : raphael@1.4.7 public/raphael.js
   download : g.raphael@0.4.1
   complete : g.raphael@0.4.1 public/g.raphael.js
   download : modernizr@1.7
   complete : modernizr@1.7 public/modernizr.js

Configuration

By default options must be passed via the CLI, however asset will also check the ./.asset and ~/.asset JSON configuration files, so for example a project may set { "out": "public/javascripts" } if we are mainly working with javascript, however the CLI options will always take precedence.

The Repository

By default the repo bundled with asset is used, however the ~/.assets configuration file is checked first. Perhaps down the road if/when asset becomes more flexible a repo will be hosted, for now simply fork the project edit ./assets.json, and send a pull request.

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2011 TJ Holowaychuk <tj@vision-media.ca>

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS', WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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