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Projmate Core Package

Projmate core

The core for Projmate, a cross-platform, declarative and more intuitive project administration.


I want files to be pretty, uncompressed and commented when I'm developing, but in production I want the same files to be preprocessed, minified, compressed and made into a single CommonJS module in the browser.

  • File sets - higher order than plugins
  • Build environments - development, test, production
  • Pipes and filters - how to process files in file sets
  • Rich, cross-platform shell object - works on Windows too
  • Create projects - get started from a git repo skeleton
  • Serve files through local HTTP/HTTPS with valid certificate
  • CommonJS in the browser (RequireJS also supported)
  • Components

pm run

The following examples read

To build stylesheets in development mode

pm run stylesheets

To build pages/stylesheets in production mode

pm run pages stylesheets -e production

To build pages/stylesheets and watch

pm run pages stylesheets --watch --serve

To build pages/stylesheets, watch and serve

pm run pages stylesheets --watch --serve

Disable loading of files for mocha, etc

_files: { load: false }


# Static server options (--serve) 
exports.server =
  httpPort: 80
  httpsPort: 443
  dirname: "build"
# Tasks to run 
exports.project = (pm) ->
  = pm.filters()
  writeToBuild = f.writeFiles(lchomp: "src"destinationDir: "build")
      _desc: "Build browser-compatible CommonJS module"
        include: [
      development: [ true)
        f.commonJsify(name: "app"baseDir: "src/js/app_js")
      production: [ true)
        f.commonJsify(name: "app"baseDir: "src/js/app_js")
        f.addHeader(text: "/** Your web are belong to us */")
      _desc: "Build pages from templates"
        include: ["pages/**/*.jade"]
      development: [
        f.template(engine: "jade"$match: /jade$/)
        f.writeFiles(lchomp: "pages"destinationDir: "build")
      _desc: "Cleans the project of all files that can be regenerated"
      development: ->
        $.rm "-rf""build"
      _desc: "Runs everything"
      _pre: ["clean""appjs""pages"]


  • Reserved task properties are prefixed with _, eg _files.
  • Tasks define one or more build environment actions.

pm create

Creating a project skeleton. Idea from visionmedia/ngen.

  1. Must have a top-level __meta.js file containing a single variable meta. The meta declares user inputs. All properties of type string are required input fields. Function properties, are evaluated after reading inputs from user. Functions are evaluated in a sandbox, KISS.

  2. Files and directories are renamed using {{pm__PROPERTY}} tokens. For example, given a file named skeleton/{{pm__name}}.txt and user input for name property is "hello", the file is renamed to skeleton\hello.txt.

  3. Similarly, text files may use {{pm__PROPERTY}} for replacement during project creation.

The {{pm__PROPERTY}} convention was chosen due to popularity of mustachey projects. Having to escape curly braces everywhere would not be fun.

Projmate skeletons

pm create <short-url> <projmate-project-name>
Short Url Description
projmate/skeleton-backbone-spa Backbone example
projmate/skeleton-filter Create a filter
projmate/skeleton-task Create a task processor
projmate/skeleton-skeleton Create your own skeleton


pm create projmate/skeleton-backbone-spa bb-example


Copyright (c) 2013 Mario Gutierrez

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