node package manager

bna

Build commoNjs App

bna

A humble little utility for people who use CommonJS "require". It does a few things:

  • figure out true npm package dependencies by scanning "require" in source code, because code never lies (almost).
  • code "fusion": generate a single js that merges all required code together. The resulting js can be run in any javascript runtime (provided any of the required code also run anywhere, of course). :
    • properly handles circular require, as nodejs does.
    • able to handle dynamic requires (require anything other than a string literal), in most cases.
    • support react jsx file.
    • sourcemap files will be fused if exists.
    • also detect the nodejs binary modules (.node files): it will copy them to where the generated js is
    • real time file watch: re-fuse if any of the dependencies change.

npm install -g bna

To get help

bna

Go to your node projects' root directory (where package.json is), run

bna .

This will spit out the npm package dependencies.

Figure out the true npm package dependencies by analyzing javascript source code. During a development lifecycle, modules required change constantly and after a while you can't really trust package.json. bna will scan your js code to figure out what modules that you code truely "require".

  • bna ignores the files excluded in .npmignore

Fuse generates a single js file application for application distribution. Send user two files: ./node + myapp.js, instead of ./node + myapp.js +

  • the required module name is case sensitive for fuse. So watch out on osx and windows where the file path is case insensitive. TODO: worth fixing?

Example:

# generate a single runnable js
bna -f bin/myprogram.js 
Generated myprogram.fused.js

# then obfuscate/minify it
uglifyjs myprogram.fused.js -c -m > myprogram.fused.min.js

While in development, it's convenient to add file watchers for hot reloading:

bna -f app.js -w

When app.js or any of the dependencies change, fuse will re-run. The dependencies here refer to all of the javascript files that app.js require directly or indirectly.

Same idea as browserify or webpack.

  1. handles circular require properly
  2. handles require non-string literal properly (except in the most contrived corner cases)
  3. does not poly-fill the nodjs apis for browser. For non IO related nodejs apis, you can find the pure JS implementation easily in github.

Default react native server does not resolve linked npm module, bna does.

TODO: write a guide here

If you find this useful, make sure you head to https://marijnhaverbeke.nl/fund/ to make a donation. Facebook should have bankrolled him, as react-native switched to acorn. But until then, let us the 99% support each other.

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