ES6-based framework for Node.js

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Web framework built on Node.js.

This node framework is a production-ready Node.js framework that takes advantage of ECMAScript 6 through the use of Google Traceur. It is built on top of express at its core.

View the docs on Models, Controllers and Views

Prereqs and Opinions

  • Node.js and NPM
  • MySQL (you (currently) need MySQL to benefit from models, though you may use Cornerstone without)
  • Redis (for sessions) Memory not supported in 1.0.


The idea here is that you have your app in development on Git. Then you'll clone or deploy to your production server, and run CS in production mode.

> npm install -g cs
> cs init {{appname}}
> npm install
> cs run
> npm install -g cs
> git clone {{yourapp}} /your/app/dir
> cd /your/app/dir
> npm install

Add your Nginx Rule (Assumes your production port is 3000)

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name {{yourDomain.com}}
    access_log  /var/log/nginx/node.log;
    location / {

Create a service in /etc/init/node.conf

description "node server"

start on started mountall
stop on shutdown

respawn limit 99 5

    export HOME="{{APP DIR}}}"
    cd $HOME
    exec /usr/bin/node {{APP DIR}}}/index.js production >> /var/log/node.log 2>&1
end script

post-start script
end script

Restart Nginx

/etc/init.d/nginx restart
# get your files onto the live server and SSH in
> npm install -g cs
> cd {{app dir}}  
> npm install

You should probably still install the init script above

How to run

> cd {{app dir}}
> cs run
> start {{whatever you called the file in /etc/init/}}

note: If you're in your CS dir already, you can just run cs run
note: If you're running CS behind nginx, you don't need the word production



  • you can make any arbitrary configs you want
  • if you want comments or logic in the config file, you need to change it from .json to .js and then module.exports the object. module.exports = { ... }
  • Anything outside of the env key is the default. Everything inside the env key will overwrite those depending on the enviroment you run in. You run different arbitrary enviroments via cs run [myapp] [env]


    "name"      : "appname",
    "port"      : "8000"
    "session"   : "redis | memory",
    "debug"     : false | true,
    "db" : {
        "adapter"  : "mysql",
        "mysql"    : {
            "host" : "localhost",
            "user" : "root",
            "password" : "",
            "database" : "db"
    "env" : {
        "production" : {
            "port" : 80,
            "db" : { ... }
        "development" : {
            "debug": true

Directory Structure

  • ./public is your web root. All static files, js, css, images, etc. go here.
  • ./private is where you put things to be compiled such as stylus, coffeescript, or ES6 files. By default, stylus files will compile and minify files into public/css automatically.
  • ./services is the location of all services which are basically CS extended functionality


  • To run in debug mode, run > node index or > node index development (development is the default environment).
  • ./app.log is a log of all database queries.
  • In a view you have {{log variable}} to log a hbs variable to the node console
  • In a view you have {{log variable client=true}} to log a hbs variable to the browser console
  • log() is a convenient alias to console.log.
  • In the browser, CS is made global.
    • CS.private -- all variables available to your view that you passed
    • CS.public -- variables available to your JS files in CS.public
    • CS.session -- the session (which is available in your view)
    • CS.server -- server vars (which are available in your view)


// include and compile a template
var compiledHTML = app.util.include(path/to/file)(data);


Services are a way to share complete parts of CS that are just arbitrary functions.

  • Create services/yourservice/index.js
  • Create a package.json defining your attributes and dependecies
  • make sure your file module.exports = ...
  • You can export anything. A function, class an object.

Sample service package.json for gmail service

  "name": "gmail",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "Gmail SMTP sending",
  "main": "gmail.js",
  "keywords": ["gmail","email","smtp"],
  "author": "ConnectAi",
  "license": "BSD-2-Clause",
  "dependencies": {
    "emailjs": "~0.3.5"

Currently the services package.json don't do anything

ES6 Goodies

Read about the cool stuff ES6 can do you for you


  • Models

    • are ES6 Classes, inheriting from a base model.
    • Their functions are called Methods
  • Controllers

    • are objects.
    • The object's keys are Routes.
    • These routes are string that have Tokens "/:token1/:token2".
    • The functions in controllers are called Actions, which handle what happens for the specified route.
    • The tokens are matched and passed as Params in the actions
      • "/:token1/:token2"(req, res, next, param1, param2) {}
      • "/:id/:username?"(req, res, next, id, username) {}
  • Views

    • Are any HTML or hbs file. They can be included, compiled or parsed. You can put them in folders to organize. Views are rendered with a layout which is just another view defined in res.layout.