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scaffold

Conventions and API for creating declarative configuration objects for project scaffolds - similar in format to a grunt task, but more portable, generic and can be used by any build system or generator - even gulp.

scaffold

Conventions and API for creating declarative configuration objects for project scaffolds - similar in format to a grunt task, but more portable, generic and can be used by any build system or generator - even gulp.

Install with npm:

$ npm install --save scaffold

What is a scaffold? | gulp-scaffold-example

There are many definitions for the word "scaffold", here a scaffold is defined as: a declarative configuration for one or more templates or source files, which are intended to serve as a "temporary support structure" to be used for initializing a new project, providing ad-hoc "components" throughout the duration of a project, and so on.

A typical scaffold configuration might include:

  • paths or glob patterns for source files or templates
  • destination paths or directories to use for generated files
  • data for rendering templates
  • options

See the comparison table for more information.

The following scaffold configuration expands into an object that can be passed to gulp, grunt, assemble, metalsmith, yeoman or any other build system for scaffolding out various parts of a blog or site:

var Scaffold = require('scaffold');
var scaffold = new Scaffold({
  posts: {
    src: 'templates/post.md',
    dest: 'blog/' 
  },
  components: {
    cwd: 'content',
    src: ['templates/*.hbs'],
    dest: 'blog/'
  }  
});

Example result

The above scaffold might expand into something like the following:

{
  options: {},
  blog: {
    options: {cwd: 'blog'},
    files: [
      {
        src: ['content/post.md', 'content/about.md'],
        dest: 'src/posts/'
      },
      {
        src: ['data/ipsum.json'],
        dest: 'src/data/'
      }
    ]
  },
  components: {
    options: {cwd: 'ui'},
    files: [
      {
        options: {cwd: 'templates/layouts'},
        src: ['default.hbs', '3-column.hbs'],
        dest: 'src/templates/layouts'
      },
      {
        options: {cwd: 'templates/components'},
        src: ['button.hbs', 'modal.hbs', 'navbar.hbs'],
        dest: 'src/templates/partials'
      },
      {
        src: ['scripts/button.js'],
        dest: 'src/assets/js/'
      },
      {
        src: ['data/ipsum.json'],
        dest: 'src/assets/data/'
      }
    ]
  }
}

Since we're just creating an object (with zero application logic), anything can obviously be extended, overridden, etc.

Install with npm:

$ npm install --save scaffold

Create an instance of scaffold:

var Scaffold = require('scaffold');
var foo = new Scaffold({
  // config/options here   
});

Scaffold uses expand-target and expand-files as dependencies. Visit those projects for the full range of available features and options:

The following are just a few random examples of what a scaffold could be, but there are many more use cases.

Blog posts

Create a scaffold for adding blog posts to a project:

var blog = new Scaffold({
  post: {
    cwd: 'content',
    src: 'content/post.md', 
    dest: 'src/posts/'
  }
});

UI components

Create a scaffold for adding UI components to a project:

var components = new Scaffold({
  foo: {
    options: {cwd: 'scaffolds'},
    files: [
      {src: 'templates/component.hbs', dest: 'src/templates/'},
      {src: 'scripts/component.js', dest: 'src/scripts/'},
      {src: 'styles/component.css', dest: 'src/styles/'},
    ]
  }
});

Scaffold

Create a new Scaffold with the given options

Params

  • options {Object}

Example

var scaffold = new Scaffold({cwd: 'src'});
scaffold.addTargets({
  site: {src: ['*.hbs']},
  blog: {src: ['*.md']}
});

.isScaffold

Static method, returns true if the given value is an instance of Scaffold or appears to be a valid scaffold configuration object.

Params

  • val {Object}: The value to check
  • returns {Boolean}

Example

Scaffold.isScaffold({});
//=> false 
 
var blog = new Scaffold({
  post: {
    src: 'content/post.md',
    dest: 'src/posts/'
  }
});
Scaffold.isScaffold(blog);
//=> true 

.addTargets

Add targets to the scaffold, while also normalizing src-dest mappings and expanding glob patterns in each target.

Params

  • targets {Object}: Object of targets, options, or arbitrary properties.
  • returns {Object}

Example

scaffold.addTargets({
  site: {src: '*.hbs', dest: 'templates/'},
  docs: {src: '*.md', dest: 'content/'}
});

.addTarget

Add a single target to the scaffold, while also normalizing src-dest mappings and expanding glob patterns in the target.

Params

  • name {String}
  • config {Object}
  • returns {Object}

Example

scaffold.addTarget('foo', {
  src: 'templates/*.hbs',
  dest: 'site'
});
 
// other configurations are possible 
scaffold.addTarget('foo', {
  options: {cwd: 'templates'}
  files: [
    {src: '*.hbs', dest: 'site'},
    {src: '*.md', dest: 'site'}
  ]
});

.Target

Getter/setter for the Target constructor to use for creating new targets.

  • returns {Function}: Returns the Target constructor to use for creating new targets.

Example

var Target = scaffold.get('Target');
var target = new Target();

.name

Getter/setter for scaffold.name. The name property can be set on the options or directly on the instance.

  • returns {Function}: Returns the Target constructor to use for creating new targets.

Example

var scaffold = new Scaffold({name: 'foo'});
console.log(scaffold.name);
//=> 'foo' 
 
// or 
var scaffold = new Scaffold();
scaffold.options.name = 'bar';
console.log(scaffold.name);
//=> 'bar' 
 
// or 
var scaffold = new Scaffold();
scaffold.name = 'baz';
console.log(scaffold.name);
//=> 'baz' 

Many definitions exist for the terms "boilerplate", "scaffold" and "template". The following definitions describe these concepts as it relates to this project.

type description
template Resuable file, code or content which contains "placeholder" values that will eventually be replaced with real values by a rendering (template) engine
scaffold Consists of one or more templates or source files and serves as a "temporary support structure" that may be used to initialize a new project, or to provide ad-hoc "components" throughout the duration of a project.
boilerplate Boilerplates consist of all of the necessary files required to initialize a complete project.

v0.3.0

  • breaking change: targets are now stored on the targets object
  • feature: now emits files when a files object is expanded.

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