skeleton

Express 3.0 framework-less app structure generator

Express 3.0 framework-less app structure generator
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$ npm install -g skeleton
$ skeleton myapp
$ skeleton --directory ~/Desktop myapp
$ skeleton --renderer jade --css less myapp
$ skeleton myapp --js js
$ node server.js
$ node server.js -p 1337
$ skeleton --help
 
  Usage: skeleton [options] myapp
 
  -h, --help       display this help message
  -v, --version    display the version number
  -f, --force      force on non-empty directory
  -n, --nolog      do not print any message to process.stdout
  -d, --directory  the output directory (default: ./)
  -r, --renderer   template engine [ejs, jade] (default: ejs)
  -c, --css        stylesheet engine [stylus, less, css] (default: stylus)
  -j, --js         javascript engine [coffee, js] (default: coffee)
$ npm test
  • Clean encapsulated Object-Oriented framework base (see #not-quite-a-framework)
  • CoffeeScript only. No js/compilation whatsoever
  • Automatically load lib/** & app/controllers/** files
  • Use connect-assets; The “Rails 3.1-style asset pipeline for Node.js”
  • Partials/layout (removed from Express 3.0) via express-partials*
    • *At least until layout support is added to ejs
    • *Not in the package when using Jade
  • Heroku-ready (see https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/nodejs)

I guess this could be considered the generator part of a framework. It does create a view-controller user interface which does a bunch of things a framework would do, but once your project is generated it is up to you.

See example.

myapp
├─┬ app
│ ├── app.coffee
│ ├─┬ assets
│ │ ├─┬ css
│ │ │ └── styles.styl
│ │ └─┬ js
│ │   └── scripts.coffee
│ ├─┬ controllers
│ │ └── application_controller.coffee
│ ├─┬ helpers
│ │ └── index.coffee
│ ├─┬ routes
│ │ └── index.coffee
│ └─┬ views
│   ├── 404.ejs
│   ├── index.ejs
│   └── layout.ejs
├─┬ config
│ └── boot.coffee
├─┬ lib
│ └─┬ myapp
│   └── my_custom_class.coffee
├── package.json
├── Procfile
├── public
├── README.md
└── server.js

Copyright (c) 2012 Etienne Lemay etienne@heliom.ca, @EtienneLem

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