EasyBake provides an efficient environment for CoffeeScript library developers: CoffeeScript/Javascript-based configuration files (no coding needed), workflow (build, watch, clean, preview) tests (QUnit, Jasime, NodeUnit, server-side emulation with ModuleBundler), publishing (git, npm, NuGet). Replace your Cakefile with a Bakefile today!

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EasyBake provides YAML-based Cakefile helpers for common CoffeeScript library packaging functionality

Just include it as a development dependency to your package.json:

"devDependencies": {
  "coffee-script": ">=1.3.3",
  "easy-bake": ">=0.1.0"

Install it:

npm install

Create a YAML file to specify what needs to be built (for example easy-bake-config.yaml):

  join: your_library_name.js
  minimize: true
    - src/knockback_core.coffee
    - src/lib/**.*coffee
  join: helpers.js
  output: build
    - lib/your_helpers1
    - lib/your_helpers2

Include it in your Cakefile:


And that's it! You will have access to the following cake commands and options in your projects...

  1. 'cake clean' - cleans the project of all compiled files
  2. 'cake build' - performs a single build
  3. 'cake watch' - automatically scans for and builds the project when changes are detected
  4. 'cake test' - cleans, builds, and runs tests. Note: the tests require installing phantomjs: ('brew install phantomjs' or http://phantomjs.org/)


  1. '-c' or '--clean' - cleans the project before running a new command
  2. '-w' or '--watch' - watches for changes
  3. '-s' or '--silent' - does not output messages to the console (unless errors occur)
  4. '-p' or '--preview' - preview the action

EasyBake is designed to use phantomjs but you will need to install it yourself since there is no npm package for it. Look here for the instructions: http://phantomjs.org/

Also, if you are using TravisCI, you should add something like this to your project.json file:

"scripts": {
  "test": "node_modules/.bin/cake -c test"
and a .travis.yaml to your project root file like:

language: node_js node_js:

  • 0.7 # development version of 0.8, may be unstable


  • "export DISPLAY=:99.0"
  • "sh -e /etc/init.d/xvfb start"
and add test options to the set you want to test:

some_testing_group: output: build directories: - test/some_tests - test/some_more_tests options: test: timeout: 60000 runner: phantomjs-qunit-runner.js

by default, easy-bake looks for .html files in each each directory like, but you can list files individually if you like:

some_testing_group: ... options: test: timeout: 60000 runner: phantomjs-qunit-runner.js files: - */.html

**Note:** currently the library only has a test-runner for phantomjs-qunit-runner.js and phantomjs-jasmine-runner.js. Feel free to add more and to submit a pull request.
Building the library
1. install node.js: http://nodejs.org
2. install node packages: (sudo) 'npm install'
1. 'cake clean' - cleans the project of all compiled files
2. 'cake build' - performs a single build
3. 'cake watch' - automatically scans for and builds the project when changes are detected