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Generator North NPM version

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A Yeoman generator for North

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

He also likes to bundle up his Sassy friends. You only need to get his packaging tape once, and then he'll be set. His tape lives in the RubyGems package repository.

$ gem install bundler

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-north from npm, run:

$ npm install -g generator-north

Finally, initiate the generator:

$ yo north

Using the North generator

The North generator provides a simple way to scaffold out a project following the North standards. The main generator will create a full project for you with Sass, Compass, Bundler, Bower, and JSHint set up and ready to go. You can choose to initialize a task runner, either Grunt or Gulp, which will then come with a task for linting your JavaScript files (grunt lint or gulp lint). If you choose, you can also initialize your task runner of choice with a BrowserSync based static file server with code sync (live reloading), Compass watch/compile, and JavaScript watch/lint set up. There are also a handful of useful options you can use when initializing the North generator (space separated):

  • --init - Initialize the current directory instead of creating a new directory
  • --git - Initialize your project with Git
  • --skip-install - Skips the installation process for Bundler, Bower, and (if needed) NPM.

The North generator also provides a simple way to scaffold out the partial structure for new Components or Layouts. Run either of the following commands from either the root of your project (one step below your sass folder) or from within your sass folder:

$ yo north:component


$ yo north:layout

You will then be guided through the steps to create a new component or layout with your given name and be given the ability to add Aspects.

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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