node package manager



Node module for cranking out JavaScript packages. Builds with front-end source maps, tests, minifies, and versioning.



  • nodejs
  • npm install
  • npm install -g gulp

Gulp Commands

Each process is dependent upon the previous. If one fails the build process exits.

  • gulp (Creates .gitignore, MIT LICENSE,, and src folder if they're not created. Runs gulp deploy).
  • gulp test (Unit specifications)
  • gulp build (Test, folder clean-ups, minification, source maps, renaming)
  • gulp deploy (Test, build, versioning)
  • gulp deploy--version-down

Note: Look through the packagebuilder.js module for more commands, however, the main ones just use others as helper tasks to fix things the they couldn't could not do as one. Things like the deploy--version-down task was made because I bump the version by the wrong type sometimes and would have to go into each file to change and save then re-run gulp deploy so it makes it less tidious.



npm: npm install chickendinosaur-packagebuilder

How to use...

  • npm install gulp --save-dev. (recommended to put the version as '*' to always install the latest)

  • npm install chickendinosaur-packagebuilder --save-dev. (recommended to put the version as '*' to always install the latest)

  • Create gulpfile.js in the root directory of the project.

  • In the gulpfile.js copy and paste this line:


Now you can open up a terminal in the project folder and run any of the gulp tasks listed in the Gulp Commands section above on the project.

Note: Right now the source directory that the build needs is src/ in the main project directory which is the location of all the JavaScript that needs to get processed in the build task. You can change the locations of source files, distribution folder, etc. manually in the config.js that's included in the packagebuilder module under node_modules. However, this will be overwritten each time you reinstalled the package at the moment.

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