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Yeoman generator

This is a yeoman generator for ArcGIS API for JavaScript applications.

Getting Started

What is Yeoman?

Trick question. It's not a thing. It's this guy:

Basically, he wears a top hat, lives in your computer, and waits for you to tell him what kind of application you wish to create.

Not every new computer comes with a Yeoman pre-installed. He lives in the npm package repository. You only have to ask for him once, then he packs up and moves into your hard drive. Make sure you clean up, he likes new and shiny things.

npm install -g yo

Yeoman Generators

Yeoman travels light. He didn't pack any generators when he moved in. You can think of a generator like a plug-in. You get to choose what type of application you wish to create, such as a Backbone application or even a Chrome extension.

To install generator-arcgis-js-app from npm, run:

npm install -g generator-arcgis-js-app

Finally, initiate the generator inside application folder:

yo arcgis-js-app


yo arcgis-js-app application-name

You will be asked:

  • Application name if not provided
  • Description of application
  • ArcGIS API Version (3.x or 4.x)
  • Use Stylus or Sass
  • Email to be used in package information

Will create component and tests. Updates intern.js with test suite.

What is used?


grunt - default task, will output code to a dist folder with sourcemaps.

grunt dev - will start a local server on at http://localhost:8282/ and watch for changes. Uses livereload to refresh browser with each update.

http://localhost:8282/dist/ - application

http://localhost:8282/node_modules/intern/client.html?config=tests/intern - test suites

grunt build - build the application and output to a release folder.

grunt e2e - runs all tests using local chromedriver.

Still a beta


Uses for testing.

It is recommended that you use NPM 3.x to install dependencies, as this will reduce the time it takes for Babel to transpile ES2015 code.

Getting To Know Yeoman

Yeoman has a heart of gold. He's a person with feelings and opinions, but he's very easy to work with. If you think he's too opinionated, he can be easily convinced.

If you'd like to get to know Yeoman better and meet some of his friends, Grunt and Bower, check out the complete Getting Started Guide.



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