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browserify v2 middleware for express

Basically just brings back the features that were originally in browserify v1

This is how you use it in an Express project.

var browserify_express = require('browserify-express');
var bundle = browserify_express({
    entry: __dirname + '/app/js/entry.js',
    watch: __dirname + '/app/js/',
    mount: '/js/myapp.js',
    verbose: true,
    minify: true,
    bundle_opts: { debug: true } // enable inline sourcemap on js files  
    write_file: __dirname + '/public/js/myapp.js',
    ignore: ['optional.js'] // optional array of files to ignore 

In this example:

  • watch for changes to files in the directory defined in watch, this can also just watch a single file.
  • make the bundle accessible at '/js/myapp.js'
  • minify the bundle using uglify-js2
  • print messages to the console to show re-bundling and times
  • pass opts.debug to browserify.bundle
  • pass recursive:false to node-watch (see all options for node-watch)
  • write the file to disk at the specified path

using coffee-script

This is supported by default however all your require()'s must include the .coffee extensions, it will not pick it up by default.

e.g. require('../views/')