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    Offers you a Yeoman generator to initiate a Web application with the following workflow:

    Why generator-gulp-angularfire ?

    This generator combines the best features of other generators like generator-gulp-angular, generator-angular, ngTailor and generator-gulp-webapp into an optimal workflow for starting applications with AngularJS powered by Gulp & Firebase!

    generator-gulp-angularfire scaffolds an Angularfire application with a full-featured gulpfile.js, giving you immediate out-of-the-box access to all tasks for modern web development with Firebase.

    My intention is to create a generator that gives users total control over their development toolbox so they can immediately start projects with their preferred tools, such as specific UI frameworks or JavaScript preprocessors.


    Create your project

    Install the required tools: yo, gulp, bower

    npm install -g yo gulp bower

    Install generator-gulp-angularfire:

    npm install -g generator-gulp-angularfire

    Make a new directory, and cd into it:

    mkdir my-new-project && cd $_

    Run yo gulp-angularfire, optionally passing an app name:

    yo gulp-angularfire [app-name]

    Use Gulp tasks

    • gulp or gulp build to build an optimized version of your application in /dist
    • gulp serve to launch a browser sync server on your source files
    • gulp serve:dist to launch a server on your optimized application
    • gulp wiredep to fill bower dependencies in your .html file(s)
    • gulp test to launch your unit tests with Karma
    • gulp protractor to launch your e2e tests with Protractor
    • gulp protractor:dist to launch your e2e tests with Protractor on the dist files

    Directory structure

    Best Practice Recommendations for Angular App Structure

    But I recommend keeping to a division by file type: scripts, styles, partials.

    Features included in the gulpfile

    • useref : allow configuration of your files in comments of your HTML file
    • ngMin : convert simple injection to complete syntax to be minification proof
    • uglify : optimize all your JavaScript
    • csso : optimize all your CSS
    • rev : add a hash in the file names to prevent browser cache problems
    • watch : watch your source files and recompile them automatically
    • jshint : JavaScript code linter
    • imagemin : all your images will be optimized at build
    • Unit test (karma) : out of the box unit test configuration with karma
    • e2e test (protractor) : out of the box e2e test configuration with protractor
    • browser sync : full-featured development web server with livereload and devices sync
    • ngHtml2js : all HTML partials will be converted to JS to be bundled in the application
    • TODO lazy : don't process files which haven't changed when possible

    Questions the generator will ask

    • jQuery: jQuery 1.x, 2.x, Zepto, none
    • Angular modules: animate, cookies, touch, sanitize
    • Resource handler: ngResource, Restangular, none
    • Router: ngRoute, UI Router, none
    • UI Framework: Bootstrap, Foundation, none (depends on the chosen CSS preprocessor)
    • TODO Bootstrap directives : UI Bootstrap, Angular Strap, none (only if you chose Bootstrap)
    • TODO CSS preprocessor: less, sass, none
    • TODO JS preprocessor: CoffeeScript, TypeScript, ECMAScript6 (Traceur)
    • TODO HTML preprocessor: Jade ?
    • TODO Script loader: Require, Browserify, ES6 with Require?, none
    • TODO Test framework: Jasmine, Mocha, Qunit

    Known issue

    Protractor tests are not stable with PhantomJS, at least not on my Mac. I'm getting unpredictable disconnections between webdriverjs and phantomjs.

    I tried many configurations for Protractor without success, any hint would be appreciated.



    • Improves scaffolded code.


    • Initial commit
    • Scaffolds a working Angularfire application


    @Swiip and his generator-gulp-angular project.




    npm i generator-gulp-angularfire

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