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    ES6Kadoo is a boilerplate for writing ES6 Javascript libraries that run on both Node.js and ECMAScript 2015 (ES6) compliant browsers.

    The build doesn't require a transpiler (like babel) or a builder (like browserify, webpack or rollup) to produce a module that runs in the browser from source files that use import and export statements. It is useful if you want to keep your source code quite pure.

    ES6Kadoo relies on Kadoo to drastically reduces the amount of extra code added to your library (go to kadoo for details).

    ES6Kadoo relies on Mocha and Chai for unitary testing. It relies on Istanbul for code coverage.

    ES6Kadoo uses Travis CI for continuous integration and Coveralls.io to display test coverage.

    ES6Kadoo is a fork of the boilerplate ES6lib.

    Quick Startup

    You can easily get your first ES6Kadoo library running in a couple of minutes by just typing a few command lines. But first, you need to create an empty folder. It will contain your library.

    Then, you just need to create a package.json file that contains:

      "name": "NameOfYourProject",
      "scripts": {
        "create": "npm install @mobilabs/es6kadoo && npm run populate",
        "populate": "es6kadoo populate --name $npm_package_name --author $npm_package_config_name --acronym $npm_package_config_acronym --email $npm_package_config_email --url $npm_package_config_url && npm install && npm run build && npm run test && npm run report"
      "config": {
        "name": "John Doe",
        "acronym": "jdo",
        "email": "jdo@johndoe.com",
        "url": "http://www.johndoe.com/"

    Replace NameOfYourProject by your project name and fill writer with your credentials.

    And finally, type in the terminal:

    npm run create.

    That's almost all! When the script has been executed, your folder contains the following files:

    Your project Folder
          |_ lib
          |   |_ lib.js           // Your built UMD module,
          |   |_ lib.mjs          // Your built ES6 module,
          |_ src
          |   |_ ...              // The source files of your library,
          |   |_ ...
          |   |_ ...
          |_ tasks
          |   |_ ...              // The Gulp tasks to build your project,
          |_  test
          |     |_ main.js        // Your Mocha, Chai test file,
          |_ .eslintignore        // Files to be ignored by ESLint,
          |_ .eslintrc            // A Configuration file for the ESLint linter tool (if you use it),
          |_ .gitignore           // Files that Git must ignore (if you use git),
          |_ .npmignore           // Files that Npm must ignore (optional),
          |_ .travis.yml          // A configuration file for Travis CI (if you use it),
          |_ .CHANGELOG.md        // The changes between your different versions,
          |_ .gulpfile.js         // The main Gulp task,
          |_ index.js             // The link to your ES5 library,
          |_ LICENSE.md           // The license that applies to your library (here MIT),
          |_ package-lock.json    // The NPM dependency tree,
          |_ package.json         // The NPM package file,
          |_ README.md            // Your README file,

    This folder is now a NPM package.

    How to build it

    The file gulpfile.js contains the build instructions. These instructions populate the folder lib from the sources files included in the folder src.

    gulpfile.js implements two operations for the build:

    • the command npm run build creates the library at the execution,
    • and the command npm run watch updates the library when one of the source files is modified.

    How to test it

    Your package.json file contains three scripts to test your UMD library:

    • npm run test,
    • npm run check-coverage,
    • npm run display-coverage.

    npm run test executes the tests and computes the test coverage.

    npm run check-coverage checks if the test coverage matches the requirements. Here 100%.

    npm run display-coverage opens your browser and reports the test coverage.

    How to create a distribution version

    Your package.json file contains a script to build a distribution library:

    • npm run makedist

    The script makedist adds a license header to the library and creates a minified version.

    How to use it

    On Node.js

    Create a new project folder aside your project. Then, install your package by typing:

    npm install ../your_project_library

    Open a Node.js session and type:

    > var mylib = require('mylib');
    > mylib.getString();
    'I am a string!'
    > mylib.getArray();
    [ '1', '2', '3' ]

    Inside the browser

    Inside the browser, pick-up the JS file lib/mylib.js and add it as a script in your HTML file. mylib is an immediately-invoked function expression. It attaches the mylib variable to the current context.

    <!DOCTYPE html>
        <script src="./path_to_your_lib/mylib.js"></script>


    <!DOCTYPE html>
        <script type="module">
          import mylib from './<path_to_your_lib>/mylib.mjs';





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