base-app
Starting point for creating a base application, with a couple of light plugins for running tasks and writing to the file system, and a functional CLI.
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Starting point for creating a base application, with a few light plugins for running tasks and writing to the file system, and a functional CLI.

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Install

Install with npm:

$ npm install --save base-app

Quickstart

Below we provide a more detailed explanation of how to get started. But if you're familiar with node.js and prefer a fast-track:

Install

$ npm i -g base-app

Create an "app"

Then create a basefile.js with the following code:

module.exports = function(app, base) {
  app.task('default', function(cb) {
    console.log('task >', this.name);
    cb();
  });
};

Run base

In the command line, run:

$ base

If everthing installed correctly, you should see task > default in the command line.

CLI

Installing the CLI

To run base from the command line, you'll need to install base-app globally first. You can that now with the following command:

$ npm i -g base-app

This adds the base command to your system path, allowing it to be run from any directory or sub-directory in a project.

How the CLI works

When the base command is run, the globally installed base-app looks for a locally installed base module using node's require() system.

If a locally installed base is found, the CLI loads the local installation of the base library. If a local base module is not found, the globally installed base-app will be used.

Once the module is resolved, base applies the configuration from your basefile.js then executes any generators or tasks you've specified for base to run.

.cwd

Getter/setter that ensures the current working directory is always a fully resolved absolute filepath.

app.cwd = 'foo';
console.log(app.cwd);
//=> /User/dev/base-app/foo

File System API

.src

Glob patterns or filepaths to source files.

Params

  • glob {String|Array}: Glob patterns or file paths to source files.
  • options {Object}: Options or locals to merge into the context and/or pass to src plugins

Example

app.src('src/*.hbs', {layout: 'default'});

.symlink

Glob patterns or paths for symlinks.

Params

  • glob {String|Array}

Example

app.symlink('src/**');

.dest

Specify a destination for processed files.

Params

  • dest {String|Function}: File path or rename function.
  • options {Object}: Options and locals to pass to dest plugins

Example

app.dest('dist/');

.copy

Copy files with the given glob patterns to the specified dest.

Params

  • patterns {String|Array}: Glob patterns of files to copy.
  • dest {String|Function}: Desination directory.
  • returns {Stream}: Stream, to continue processing if necessary.

Example

app.task('assets', function(cb) {
  app.copy('assets/**', 'dist/')
    .on('error', cb)
    .on('finish', cb)
});

Task API

Methods for running tasks are from the base-task plugin, which uses composer. Additional documentation can be found on those libaries.

.task

Register a task

Params

  • name {String}: Task name to register (tasks are cached on app.tasks)
  • dependencies {String|Array|Function}: String, list or array of tasks.
  • callback {Function}: Function to be called when the task is executed. Task functions should either return a stream or call the callback to let composer know when the task is finished.

Examples

Register a task.

app.task('default', function() {
  // return the stream to signal "done"
  return app.src('pages/*.hbs')
    .pipe(app.dest('dist'));
});

Register a task with dependencies (other tasks to run before executing the task):

app.task('site', ['styles'], function() {
  return app.src('pages/*.hbs')
    .pipe(app.dest('dist'));
});

app.task('default', ['site']);

Get a task

var task = app.task('site');

.build

Run a task or array of tasks.

Example

app.build('default', function(err, results) {
  if (err) {
    console.error(err);
    return;
  }
  console.log(results);
});

.series

Compose task or list of tasks into a single function that runs the tasks in series.

Params

  • tasks {String|Array|Function}: List of tasks by name, function, or array of names/functions.
  • returns {Function}: Composed function that may take a callback function.

Example

app.task('foo', function(cb) {
  console.log('this is foo');
  cb();
});

var fn = app.series('foo', function(cb) {
  console.log('this is bar');
  cb();
});

fn(function(err) {
  if (err) return console.error(err);
  console.log('finished');
});
//=> this is foo
//=> this is bar
//=> finished

.parallel

Compose task or list of tasks into a single function that runs the tasks in parallel.

Params

  • tasks {String|Array|Function}: List of tasks by name, function, or array of names/functions.
  • returns {Function}: Composed function that may take a callback function.

Example

app.task('foo', function(cb) {
  setTimeout(function() {
    console.log('this is foo');
    cb();
  }, 500);
});

var fn = app.parallel('foo', function(cb) {
  console.log('this is bar');
  cb();
});

fn(function(err) {
  if (err) return console.error(err);
  console.log('finished');
});
//=> this is bar
//=> this is foo
//=> finished

Events

The following events are emitted by composer. See the composer docs for more details

starting

Emitted when a build is starting.

app.on('starting', function(app, build) {});

The event emits 2 arguments:

  1. the current instance of composer as the app and
  2. An object with build runtime information:
  • .date: an object with the .start time as a Date object.
  • .hr: an object with the .start time as an hrtime array.

finished

Emitted when a build is finished.

app.on('finished', function(app, build) {});

The event emits 2 arguments:

  1. app: instance of composer
  2. build: an object with build runtime information:
  • .date: object with .start and .end properties, with staring and ending times of the build as Date objects.
  • .hr: object with .start, .end, .duration, and .diff properties with timing information calculated using process.hrtime

error

Emitted when an error occurrs during a build.

app.on('error', function(err) {});

task:starting

Emitted when a task is starting.

app.on('task:starting', function(task, run) {});

task:finished

Emitted when a task has finished.

app.on('task:finished', function(task, run) {});

task:error

Emitted when an error occurrs while running a task.

app.on('task:error', function(err) {});

.dataLoader

Register a data loader for loading data onto app.cache.data.

Params

  • ext {String}: The file extension for to match to the loader
  • fn {Function}: The loader function.

Example

var yaml = require('js-yaml');

app.dataLoader('yml', function(str, fp) {
  return yaml.safeLoad(str);
});

app.data('foo.yml');
//=> loads and parses `foo.yml` as yaml

Plugin API

.use

Define a plugin function to be called immediately upon init. The only parameter exposed to the plugin is the application instance.

Also, if a plugin returns a function, the function will be pushed onto the fns array, allowing the plugin to be called at a later point, elsewhere in the application.

Params

  • fn {Function}: plugin function to call
  • returns {Object}: Returns the item instance for chaining.

Example

// define a plugin
function foo(app) {
  // do stuff
}

// register plugins
var app = new Base()
  .use(foo)
  .use(bar)
  .use(baz)

.run

Run all plugins

Params

  • value {Object}: Object to be modified by plugins.
  • returns {Object}: Returns the item instance for chaining.

Example

var config = {};
app.run(config);

Options API

.option

Set or get an option.

Params

  • key {String}: The option name.
  • value {any}: The value to set.
  • returns {any}: Returns a value when only key is defined.

Example

app.option('a', true);
app.option('a');
//=> true

.hasOption

Return true if options.hasOwnProperty(key)

Params

  • prop {String}
  • returns {Boolean}: True if prop exists.

Example

app.hasOption('a');
//=> false
app.option('a', 'b');
app.hasOption('a');
//=> true

.enable

Enable key.

Params

  • key {String}
  • returns {Object} Options: to enable chaining

Example

app.enable('a');

.disable

Disable key.

Params

  • key {String}: The option to disable.
  • returns {Object} Options: to enable chaining

Example

app.disable('a');

.enabled

Check if prop is enabled (truthy).

Params

  • prop {String}
  • returns {Boolean}

Example

app.enabled('a');
//=> false

app.enable('a');
app.enabled('a');
//=> true

.disabled

Check if prop is disabled (falsey).

Params

  • prop {String}
  • returns {Boolean}: Returns true if prop is disabled.

Example

app.disabled('a');
//=> true

app.enable('a');
app.disabled('a');
//=> false

.isTrue

Returns true if the value of prop is strictly true.

Params

  • prop {String}
  • returns {Boolean}: Uses strict equality for comparison.

Example

app.option('a', 'b');
app.isTrue('a');
//=> false

app.option('c', true);
app.isTrue('c');
//=> true

app.option({a: {b: {c: true}}});
app.isTrue('a.b.c');
//=> true

.isFalse

Returns true if the value of key is strictly false.

Params

  • prop {String}
  • returns {Boolean}: Uses strict equality for comparison.

Example

app.option('a', null);
app.isFalse('a');
//=> false

app.option('c', false);
app.isFalse('c');
//=> true

app.option({a: {b: {c: false}}});
app.isFalse('a.b.c');
//=> true

.isBoolean

Return true if the value of key is either true or false.

Params

  • key {String}
  • returns {Boolean}: True if true or false.

Example

app.option('a', 'b');
app.isBoolean('a');
//=> false

app.option('c', true);
app.isBoolean('c');
//=> true

.option.set

Set option key on app.options with the given value

Params

  • key {String}: Option key, dot-notation may be used.
  • value {any}

Example

app.option.set('a', 'b');
console.log(app.option.get('a'));
//=> 'b'

.option.get

Get option key from app.options

Params

  • key {String}: Option key, dot-notation may be used.
  • returns {any}

Example

app.option({a: 'b'});
console.log(app.option.get('a'));
//=> 'b'

.option.create

Returns a shallow clone of app.options with all of the options methods, as well as a .merge method for merging options onto the cloned object.

Params

  • options {Options}: Object to merge onto the returned options object.
  • returns {Object}

Example

var opts = app.option.create();
opts.merge({foo: 'bar'});

Data API

.data

Load data onto app.cache.data

Params

  • key {String|Object}: Key of the value to set, or object to extend.
  • val {any}
  • returns {Object}: Returns the instance of Template for chaining

Example

console.log(app.cache.data);
//=> {};

app.data('a', 'b');
app.data({c: 'd'});
console.log(app.cache.data);
//=> {a: 'b', c: 'd'}

// set an array
app.data('e', ['f']);

// overwrite the array
app.data('e', ['g']);

// update the array
app.data('e', ['h'], true);
console.log(app.cache.data.e);
//=> ['g', 'h']

.data.extend

Shallow extend an object onto app.cache.data.

Params

  • key {String|Object}: Property name or object to extend onto app.cache.data. Dot-notation may be used for extending nested properties.
  • value {Object}: The object to extend onto app.cache.data
  • returns {Object}: returns the instance for chaining

Example

app.data({a: {b: {c: 'd'}}});
app.data.extend('a.b', {x: 'y'});
console.log(app.get('a.b'));
//=> {c: 'd', x: 'y'}

.data.merge

Deeply merge an object onto app.cache.data.

Params

  • key {String|Object}: Property name or object to merge onto app.cache.data. Dot-notation may be used for merging nested properties.
  • value {Object}: The object to merge onto app.cache.data
  • returns {Object}: returns the instance for chaining

Example

app.data({a: {b: {c: {d: {e: 'f'}}}}});
app.data.merge('a.b', {c: {d: {g: 'h'}}});
console.log(app.get('a.b'));
//=> {c: {d: {e: 'f', g: 'h'}}}

.data.union

Union the given value onto a new or existing array value on app.cache.data.

Params

  • key {String}: Property name. Dot-notation may be used for nested properties.
  • array {Object}: The array to add or union on app.cache.data
  • returns {Object}: returns the instance for chaining

Example

app.data({a: {b: ['c', 'd']}});
app.data.union('a.b', ['e', 'f']}});
console.log(app.get('a.b'));
//=> ['c', 'd', 'e', 'f']

.data.set

Set the given value onto app.cache.data.

Params

  • key {String|Object}: Property name or object to merge onto app.cache.data. Dot-notation may be used for nested properties.
  • val {any}: The value to set on app.cache.data
  • returns {Object}: returns the instance for chaining

Example

app.data.set('a.b', ['c', 'd']}});
console.log(app.get('a'));
//=> {b: ['c', 'd']}

.data.get

Get the value of key from app.cache.data. Dot-notation may be used for getting nested properties.

Params

  • key {String}: The name of the property to get.
  • returns {any}: Returns the value of key

Example

app.data({a: {b: {c: 'd'}}});
console.log(app.get('a.b'));
//=> {c: 'd'}

Glob patterns

Glob patterns may be passed as a string or array. All of these work:

app.data('foo.json');
app.data('*.json');
app.data(['*.json']);
// pass options to node-glob
app.data(['*.json'], {dot: true});

Namespacing

Namespacing allows you to load data onto a specific key, optionally using part of the file path as the key.

Example

Given that foo.json contains {a: 'b'}:

app.data('foo.json');
console.log(app.cache.data);
//=> {a: 'b'}

app.data('foo.json', {namespace: true});
console.log(app.cache.data);
//=> {foo: {a: 'b'}}

app.data('foo.json', {
  namespace: function(fp) {
    return path.basename(fp);
  }
});
console.log(app.cache.data);
//=> {'foo.json': {a: 'b'}}

About

<summary> Contributing</summary>

Pull requests and stars are always welcome. For bugs and feature requests, please create an issue.

<summary> Running Tests</summary>

Running and reviewing unit tests is a great way to get familiarized with a library and its API. You can install dependencies and run tests with the following command:

$ npm install && npm test
<summary> Building docs</summary>

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You might also be interested in these projects:

  • base-fs: base-methods plugin that adds vinyl-fs methods to your 'base' application for working with the file… more | homepage
  • base-pipeline: base-methods plugin that adds pipeline and plugin methods for dynamically composing streaming plugin pipelines. | homepage
  • base: Framework for rapidly creating high quality, server-side node.js applications, using plugins like building blocks | homepage

Author

Jon Schlinkert

License

Copyright © 2018, Jon Schlinkert. Released under the MIT License.


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