Bootstrap making web applications


Webapp Builder is a tool designed to make it easier to develop website with node, particularly by managing static assets. For a brief video describing a basic use case for a static website, check out this screencast.

npm install -g webapp-builder
webapp serve

This will start a web server on a random port and begin serving the current directory. On Mac OS X, it will open a brower window to the local URL automatically.

The above basic usage has the following built-in features configured by default:

  • Automatic reloading for all files: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files.
  • Packaging of CommonJS modules using modulr.
  • Compilation of CoffeeScript.
  • Cmpilation of LessCSS.
  • Advanced custom build rules by creating a Makefile.

There are 3 main commands webapp:

  • webapp serve - Starts a static asset server in the current directory. See webapp serve --help for all options.
  • webapp build - Builds every rule specified in the Makefile. See webapp build --help for all options.
  • webapp monitor COMMAND ARGS - Loads another node module COMMAND and runs it. While it is running, if any source file referenced changes, it will kill and restart the process.

If you ware developing a dynamic website build would like to take advantage of the automatic compilation and packaging that webapp provides, you can use it via the API.

var webapp = require('webapp-builder');
var express = require('express');
var app = express();
    watchFileSystem: true,
    fallthrough: false
app.listen(process.env.PORT || 5000);