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boilerplate

Tools and conventions for authoring and publishing boilerplates that can be generated by any build system or generator.

boilerplate

Tools and conventions for authoring and publishing boilerplates that can be generated by any build system or generator.

Install with npm:

$ npm install boilerplate --save

Welcome to boilerplate! Here you'll find both the tools and conventions for creating project boilerplates.

What does this do?

  1. Makes it easy to create and publish new projects from boilerplates that have reusable [scaffolds][scaffold], templates, styles, themes, data etc.
  2. To uncouple these "non-moving-parts" from any particular build system or generator, so we can easily generate new projects by simply passing the boilerplate config object to your build system or project generator of choice!

Example

In the following example, we define:

  • scaffolds for our marketing and developer sites
  • targets inside each scaffold (site and blog)
  • files configurations inside each "site" and "blog" target

The configuration is similar to how grunt tasks would be defined.

var boilerplate = require('boilerplate');
 
boilerplate({
  marketing: {
    site: {
      src: 'templates/mktg/*.hbs',
      dest: 'site/'
    },
    blog: {
      src: 'content/blog/*.md',
      dest: 'site/blog/'
    }
  },
  developer: {
    site: {
      src: 'templates/dev/*.hbs',
      dest: 'site/developer'
    },
    blog: {
      src: 'content/dev/blog/*.md',
      dest: 'site/developer/blog/'
    }
  }
});

The Boilerplate library "expands" this configuration into a normalized object that can easily be passed to gulp, grunt, assemble, metalsmith, or even yeoman, for scaffolding out various parts of a blog, website, web application or whatever you think a boilerplate might be useful for!

Just to show how easy it is to convert an existing project into a Boilerplate project using the most popular boilerplate of them all: html5-boilerplate.

(Get hands-on with the h5bp recipe)

Install h5bp

First, install boilerplate and html5-boilerplate:

$ npm i boilerplate && git clone https://github.com/h5bp/html5-boilerplate.git vendor/h5bp

Define the boilerplate

The following examples returns a normalized configuration object for every file in the html5-boilerplate project, organized exactly the way the project itself is organized.

var Boilerplate = require('boilerplate');
var h5bp = new Boilerplate({
  options: {
    cwd: 'vendor/h5bp/dist'
  },
  root: {src: ['{.*,*.*}'],   dest: 'src/'},
  css:  {src: ['css/*.css'],  dest: 'src/'},
  doc:  {src: ['doc/*.md'],   dest: 'src/'},
  js:   {src: ['js/**/*.js'], dest: 'src/'}
});
console.log(h5bp);

Results in the following object:

{
  options: {
    cwd: 'vendor/h5bp/dist'
  },
  config: {},
  targets: {
    root: {
      options: {
        cwd: 'vendor/h5bp/dist'
      },
      files: [
        {
          src: [
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/.DS_Store',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/.editorconfig',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/.gitattributes',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/.gitignore',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/.htaccess',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/404.html',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/apple-touch-icon.png',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/browserconfig.xml',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/crossdomain.xml',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/favicon.ico',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/humans.txt',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/index.html',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/LICENSE.txt',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/robots.txt',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/tile-wide.png',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/tile.png'
          ],
          dest: 'src/',
          options: {
            cwd: 'vendor/h5bp/dist'
          },
          name: 'scaffold'
        }
      ]
    },
    css: {
      options: {
        cwd: 'vendor/h5bp/dist'
      },
      files: [
        {
          src: [
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/css/main.css',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/css/normalize.css'
          ],
          dest: 'src/',
          options: {
            cwd: 'vendor/h5bp/dist'
          },
          name: 'scaffold'
        }
      ]
    },
    doc: {
      options: {
        cwd: 'vendor/h5bp/dist'
      },
      files: [
        {
          src: [
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/doc/css.md',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/doc/extend.md',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/doc/faq.md',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/doc/html.md',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/doc/js.md',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/doc/misc.md',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/doc/TOC.md',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/doc/usage.md'
          ],
          dest: 'src/',
          options: {
            cwd: 'vendor/h5bp/dist'
          },
          name: 'scaffold'
        }
      ]
    },
    js: {
      options: {
        cwd: 'vendor/h5bp/dist'
      },
      files: [
        {
          src: [
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/js/main.js',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/js/plugins.js',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/js/vendor/jquery-1.11.3.min.js',
            'vendor/h5bp/dist/js/vendor/modernizr-2.8.3.min.js'
          ],
          dest: 'src/',
          options: {
            cwd: 'vendor/h5bp/dist'
          },
          name: 'scaffold'
        }
      ]
    }
  }
}

What is a boilerplate?

A boilerplate is a project with generic, reusable code, files or content that is intended to be used as a starting point for creating new projects.

What does this project provide?

What does this NOT provide?

Workflows and tools for actually generating new projects from a boilerplate. This is a job much better suited for build systems like assemble, gulp, grunt, broccoli, and yeoman.

If you publish a library that works with Boilerplate, please let us know about it!

The following table describes the difference between boilerplates, scaffolds and templates.

type description
template Resuable file, code or content which contains "placeholder" values that will eventually be replaced with real values by a rendering (template) engine
scaffold Consists of one or more templates or source files and serves as a "temporary support structure" that may be used to initialize a new project, or to provide ad-hoc "components" throughout the duration of a project.
boilerplate Boilerplates consist of all of the necessary files required to initialize a complete project.

As of May 11, 2016:

Statements   : 100% (40/40)
Branches     : 100% (24/24)
Functions    : 100% (4/4)
Lines        : 100% (39/39)

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Pull requests and stars are always welcome. For bugs and feature requests, please create an issue.

Generate readme and API documentation with verb:

$ npm install verb && npm run docs

Or, if verb is installed globally:

$ verb

Install dev dependencies:

$ npm install -d && npm test

Jon Schlinkert

Copyright © 2016, Jon Schlinkert. Released under the MIT license.


This file was generated by verb, v0.9.0, on May 11, 2016.