Node-Brackets is a Node.js module implemented as Connect middleware which integrates Adobe Brackets code editor in Node.js based web applications. It provides exceptionally convenient way to manage, edit and test project files directly on the server via web browser. Brackets doesn't have to be installed on client machines, it opens in a web browser and communicates with the server over standard HTTP or HTTPS protocol.
This module might be useful for remote development, real-time changes and testing, development form a thin client or device such as tablet, or it could be used in conjunction with other modules for collaboration.
Install from npm:
$ npm install brackets
Create test app:
$ mkdir my-app $ cd my-app $ npm install connect . . . $ npm install brackets . . .
Add index.js file to my-app directory and enter the following code:
var connect =brackets = ;;console;
Start the app:
$ node index
Open Google Chrome bowser and type http://localhost:3000 in the address bar. At this point you should see “Hello World”. Navigate to http://localhost:3000/brackets. Now you should see Brackets UI and the contents of your working directory, including Brackets source.
To limit the access to specific directory/s you can pass an argument to brackets function.
brackets("resources"); the directory "./resources/" will become the project root.
brackets(["controllers", "views", "public"]); the directory "./controllers/" will become the initial project root and the other folders will be accessible via Recent Projects dropdown (the small arrow above the navigation tree).
NOTE: the specified directories must exist, otherwise an exception will be thrown.
There is an example project based on Express MVC example, located in https://github.com/rabchev/node-brackets-module/tree/master/examples/express-mvc.
If you want to be able to see your code changes immediately on the live site, without manually restarting Node, you could use node-supervisor or similar module.
Authentication and authorization are outside the scope of this module. They should be done by other modules, configured to intercept the request prior to Node-Brackets.
Since Node-Brackets exposes server files for modification over HTTP/HTTPS, it is absolutely critical to properly protect your network or file system. It is strongly recommended not to use this module on production sites, unless you truly understand the security of your system.
Delete command doesn’t refresh correctly the active documents tabs and an error message is displayed if an open document is deleted.
Delete command is currently added as an extension, but I believe it should be Brackets core function in the future and therefore I’m not planning to spend more time on Delete.
Check for updates command doesn’t work.
This is due to Cross-Origin Resource Sharing not allowed by http://dev.brackets.io/updates/stable/en-US.json. I believe this issue can be resolved only by Brackets team.
Show Developer Tools - doesn't work.
Will be fixed.
Performance data always shows 0.
Will be fixed.
Live Preview - doesn't work.
Will be fixed.
- Move "Find in Files" on the server-side – performance optimization.
- Make global install - for easer project creation.
- Integrate NPM in the UI
- Integrate Supervisor, possibility Brackets to be served from second port.
Updating Brackets source code
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