Flexible Front End Dev Server

Steckling - Flexible Front End Dev Server

  • one file for configuration and invokation
  • has a extendible static file server
  • has a extendible asset pipeline
  • can execute tasks, write your own tasks
  • can fetch files from the web
  • can create files from templates via prompt
  • can deploy files from the asset pipeline
npm install steckling

Or name it as you want. In this file you can configure Steckling and have to invoke the module to make it work. The configuration only applys to the folder where steckling.js resides.

A minimal setup would be:


Lets start it:

❯ node steckling.js
22:54:02 - INFO  - SERVER - Server started on port 7777
22:54:02 - INFO  - SERVER - I am a lonely Steckling. See Readme at http://localhost:7777

If there are no files in the current directory except steckling.js then this readme will be served on localhost. Nicely formated.

The whole directory you started steckling.js on will be served as a static file server.

Let's create a file: docs/index.html

<html lang="en">

Now this file now can be served on localhost:7777/docs/index.html. And since its a index.html also on localhost:7777/docs.

The Steckling directory is not only a file server but also a asset pipeline which will be served on localhost:7777/assets.

Let's create another file: src/home.js

console.log('home file');

You already know that you could serve that file with the file server on localhost:7777/src/home.js.

But we can access JS files with the asset pipeline too on localhost:7777/assets/src/home.js.

Hey, you want to write your code in CoffeeScript? Let's create another file: src/

console.log 'nav file'

Now that uncompiled file can be accessed on the file server localhost:7777/src/

The compiled JavaScript is accessible on the asset pipeline. localhost:7777/assets/src/ and localhost:7777/assets/src/nav.js.

We want to merge our two JS files together. No problem with the asset pipeline.

Let's create bundle: src/bundle.js

//= require ./home
//= require ./nav

Now you can access that compiled and merged bundle of home.js and on localhost:7777/src/bundle.js. Simple as that to structure your JS and CSS projects.

A configuration object can be passed to Steckling. Let's update steckling.js:

var config = {};

You easily can add custom paths to the default static file server.

var config = {
  routes: {
    '/'    : 'docs',             // map docs folder to root url
    '/test': ['spec', 'specs']   // map spec and specs folder to /test path

This would result in the following urls:



You can map folders to the root url of the asset pipeline.

var config = {
  assets: ['src', 'vendor']

Would result in these urls:

  • finish readme