Nest is a foundational framework for front end web applications. It provides the following:
- Development Server that compiles CoffeeScript, Sass etc... ( via Mincer, Express ).
- Build System for building and minifying the code (via Mincer, Uglifyjs, CSSWrig).
- Environment configuration that is available for the front end code.
- Autoprefix & Autopolyfill your code (TODO).
- Modular: third party modules can be built for it.
- Some configuration, some convention.
- Download and copy all of the external resources. (TODO)
The only conventions are the three main files, that will be build and used:
- index.html - The only html file that is serves the application
- application.css - The CSS for the application
And the location and naming of the configuration files:
- config/application.(coffee|js) - The main configuration file
- config/environments/development.(coffee|js) - The environment specific configuration
The following configurations are available for all built-in modules:
- assets: An array of directories for Mincer
- port: The port to run the server
- static: The static content for the server
- title: The title of the application
- buildDirectory: A relative path for the build directory
- externalCSS: These are the external CSS files that the application uses
Any other configuration that you specify here is available for the application.
title: "Test Application"
It creates a development server for serving the main files.
It builds all the main files (mainly for production). All of the main files are minified.
It will start a static server for the build directory, it is used in production.