generator-lessapp

Scaffold out a LESS front-end web app

Web app generator with LESS

Edited default Yeoman generator for scaffolding out a front-end web app with Twitter Bootstrap in LESS

  • CSS Autoprefixing
  • Built-in preview server with LiveReload
  • Automagically compile CoffeeScript & LESS
  • Automagically lint your scripts
  • Automagically wire up your Bower components with grunt-wiredep.
  • Awesome Image Optimization (via OptiPNG, pngquant, jpegtran and gifsicle)
  • Mocha Unit Testing with PhantomJS
  • Bootstrap in LESS (Optional)
  • Leaner Modernizr builds (Optional)

For more information on what generator-lessapp can do for you, take a look at the Grunt tasks used in our package.json.

  • Install: npm install -g generator-lessapp
  • Run: yo lessapp
  • Run grunt for building and grunt serve for preview*. --allow-remote option for remote access.

(HTML/CSS/JS/Images/etc)

Third-party dependencies are managed with grunt-wiredep. Add new dependencies using Bower and then run the Grunt task to load them:

$ bower install --save jquery
$ grunt wiredep

This works if the package author has followed the Bower spec. If the files are not automatically added to your source code, check with the package's repo for support and/or file an issue with them to have it updated.

To manually add dependencies, bower install --save depName to get the files, then add a script or style tag to your index.html or another appropriate place.

The components are installed in the root of the project at /bower_components. To reference them from index.html, use src="bower_components" or src="/bower_components". Treat the bower_components directory as if it was a sibling to index.html.

Testing Note: a project checked into source control and later checked out needs to have bower install run from the test folder as well as from the project root.

Note: grunt server was used for previewing in earlier versions of the project, and has since been deprecated in favor of grunt serve.

  • --skip-install

    Skips the automatic execution of bower and npm after scaffolding has finished.

  • --test-framework=<framework>

    Defaults to mocha. Can be switched for another supported testing framework like jasmine.

  • --coffee

    Add support for CoffeeScript.

See the contributing docs.

Note: We are regularly asked whether we can add or take away features. If a change is good enough to have a positive impact on all users, we are happy to consider it.

BSD license