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    'All my friends KNOW the low-coder'

    mbake CLI is open source and extensible low-code productivity bundler/builder that leverages Pug and JAMstack.


    MetaBake(mbake) provides a bundler/builder for a developer to write cleaner code quicker, with pug and livereload out of the box.

    You can gradually adopt it while it allows you to develop quicker - and with clean simplicity - Static Websites, Custom Elements, custom CMS/E-Commerce, CRUD and all sorts of dynamic Web Apps.

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    You should know HTML, CSS and JavaScript - that is all we use. If you need to catch up, we recommend this book: 'Design and Build Websites' by Jon Duckett.

    Quick start

       npm i -g mbake
       mbake -w . /* for a base website */
       cd website
       mbake -w . /* to run the watcher livereload */

    INTUITION in 4 Minutes

    Building sites take a few moments, just add index.pug and dat.yaml files in the folder, and compile it with mbake . from the root folder of your site.


    Create a folder called 'one'. In the folder 'one', create file index.pug

       p Hello #{key1}

    and create file dat.yaml

    key1: World

    Note: to create a new page|screen in mbake, create a new folder with an index.pug and day.yaml in each folder.

    Now make with mbake:

    mbake .

    This will create index.html. Of course you can use regular Pug syntax to include other Pug files or Markdown. (INTUITION Markdown flavor includes CSS support):


    And example Markdown file with CSS nested classes. Title is nested in 2 levels, .column class CSS and second level .stick CSS class

    :::: column col-2
    ::: stick

    So if you write a Markdown file, it will be included in index.html


    This will start a webserver and auto-refresh browser, and watch for file changes to auto build:

    mbakeX -w .

    Instead of . you can specify any path. Also, the fact that we are generating this static content allows us to have the entire Web App served by a CDN


    CSS can be hard to work with, so people use Sass/Scss. Create a style.scss file:

    $font-stack: Helvetica, sans-serif;
    $primary-color: #333;
    body {
       font: 100% $font-stack;
       color: $primary-color;

    Create file style.yaml in assets folder, to compile your scss to css

    - style.scss

    and run

    mbake -s .

    It will create a css file in assets/css with auto-prefixes.

    So the structure of asset folder should look something like that:

       css/style.css /* this is going to be compiled from style.scss */
       scss/style.scss /* your working area */
       style.yaml /* with `scss` files that need to be compiled */


    TypeScript is supper-set of JavaScript. Write a ts file, like foo.ts:

    foo(i:number) {
        console.log('oh hi')

    and run

    mbake -t .

    Lots of time you use .ts to call DB services: such as Google FireStore.

    Examples - Website

    There are 12 very different examples included in the mbake CLI. One is just a website:

    mbake -w

    That will extract an example website in the current folder. ( Obviously you can create any layout with any combination of css and other libraries, but here is how we laid out an example/starter website).

    mbake -f .

    This emits a Pug file that you should include in your Pug's layout head section. In turn, the included file calls a mbToolBelt.js from a CDN.


    While you can build websites: you can also build full webapps, eg. CRUD.

    Other examples include:

    • Using markdown CSS effect: allows non-programmers to write interactive stories
    • Slide show with markdown
    • Dashboard example
    • Ads example


    Advanced Front End w/ Pug

    mbake CLI Docs

    Git Repo

    Pug example



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