motley

cyberpunking the internets

Cyberpunking the internets. That's what you should be doing right now, and the Motley node.js framework makes it easy! Lovingly crafted in an efficient Model-View-Controller style, Motley combines the best tools for making websites:

...with stupidly awesome gist integration, allowing you to kickstart a prototype or venture into complete application development, all with just a couple shell commands.

It's worth noting that if you're coming from express.js, Motley emulates many express/connect features, such as middleware, views, and sessions. In most cases, you'll be able to use your favorite connect/express middleware and port your apps with ease.

$ npm install -g motley

$ motley-init my-project 
$ motley my-project
server running at http://localhost:3000/

$ motley-init --gist [--public] [--open] [my-project]

This will:

  • prompt you for your github credentials, which are then exchanged for an access token and cached at ~/.gist-login
  • create a gist containing a new motley project, optionally public with --public
  • check out the gist's git repo via ssh, giving you version control
  • optionally open your browser and point it to the gist with --open

Then you have a brand new web app, runnable with the motley binary, tied to a private git repo, backed by gist.github.com, and all you had to do was type motley-init!

Simply run motley in the project directory, the web server will start, and edit the source code to do what you want!

Example apps using Motley:

Developed by Terra Eclipse

Terra Eclipse, Inc. is a nationally recognized political technology and strategy firm located in Aptos, CA and Washington, D.C.


  • Copyright (C) 2014 Carlos Rodriguez (http://s8f.org/)
  • Copyright (C) 2014 Terra Eclipse, Inc. (http://www.terraeclipse.com/)

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