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the end of javascript fatigue: an opinionated set of tools for front-end apps

# npm install -g ahdinosaur/uify 


you want to build a front-end app, but which tool should you use?

i've written, copied, and re-written my front-end tools over and over again. i've learned heaps along the journey and am settling into preferred patterns.

here's a grab bag of documented tools to get you building apps again. :)


  • generate new projects with ease
  • uses the cutting-edge browserify compiler
  • exposes your entry file as require('app')
  • flattens configuration from many sources as require('config')
  • applies es2020, a transpiler for the better subset of ES6
  • provides source maps for improved debugging
  • live reloads your app whenever you change a file
  • applies compression when in minify mode


uify <subcommand> [options]
  --version, -v         print version
  --help, -h            print help
uify[subcommand](options, callback)


TODO create new uify project.

uify create my-super-cool-project
? Version: (0.0.0) 1.0.0
? Description: () Some description of your app
? License: (Use arrow keys)
> Apache-2.0
? App directory: (app)
? Build directory: (build)
uify.create(options, callback)


live development server for your front-end app.

in your JavaScript code,

  • require('app') will return the entry module.
  • require('config') will return your config
uify start [options]
  --entry, -e           path to the entry source file for browserify (default: ".")
  --output, -o          path to the output directory where files are built to (default: "build")
  --plugin, -p          name or path to any additional browserify plugin(s) (default: [])
uify.start(options, callback)


TODO build and git push to a remote server, like Github pages.

uify deploy
uify.deploy(options, callback)


build project with browserify.

if watch enabled, use watchify.

in your JavaScript code,

  • require('app') will return the entry module.
  • require('config') will return your config
uify build [options]
  --entry, -e           path to the entry source file for browserify (default: ".")
  --output, -o          path to the output directory where files are built to (default: "build")
  --watch, -w           watch source tree and rebuild using watchify (default: false)
  --minify, -m          compress bundle using uglifyify, exorcist, and bundle-collapser (default: false)
  --plugin, -p          name or path to any additional browserify plugin(s) (default: []), callback)

build accepts the following options:

  • entry (e): entry source file that browserify uses to recursively walk require'd modules, resulting in a source tree. (default: resolved entry file of current working directory.)
  • output (o): output directory where files are built to. (default: directory of entry source file.)
  • watch (w): watch source tree and rebuild using watchify. (default: false)
  • minify (m): compress bundle using uglifyify, exorcist, and bundle-collapser. (default: false)

callback(err) is called if bundle process fails.

callback(null, stats) is called on build (or re-build) with a stats object:

  • time: milliseconds to bundle
  • bytes: bytes in bundle


serve static assets with serve-static.

serve accepts the following options:

  • directory (d): directory to serve
  • watch (w): inject livereload script into html with inject-lr-script
  • minify (m): compress assets using compression
uify serve
  --directory, -d       directory to serve static assets (default: "build")
  --port, -p            port of http server (default: 5000)
  --watch, -w           inject LiveReload script into html files (default: false)
  --minify, -m          compress assets with gzip (default: false)
uify.serve(options, callback)

callback(err) is called if bundle process fails.

callback(null, server) is called with http.Server instance once server is listening


see watch-lr docs


TODO git push to a remote server (like GitHub pages).

uify push
uify.push(options, callback)



The Apache License

Copyright © 2016 Michael Williams

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