packdown
Creates a `package.json` from a dynamic source.
Last updated 6 years ago by joshuabc .
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packdown

packdown is a utility for generating a package.json file from a dynamic source.

Motivation

While working on a project which made heavy use of npm's scripts feature, I saw there were a lot of references to filepaths. There was an existing object in the system which contained references to these paths so that if they changed, files that referred to them wouldn't break. I wanted to use that object to DRY up the filepaths, but I couldn't.

Also, as the file got larger, I found myself wanting to organize it. I couldn't do that easily since I couldn't use newlines or comments in valid JSON.

This library is for you if, while writing your package.json ...

  1. You want to be able to utilize external libraries while constructing your package.
  2. You want to put newlines and comments wherever you darn well please.
  3. You want to write your package.json using CoffeeScript.

So you can turn this:

{
  "name": "anteater",
  "description": "Given a collection of ants, anteater will eat most of them.",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "scripts": {
    "build": "minify ./ui/all.js",
    "eat-ants": "node ./anteater/actions/eat-ants.js"
  },
  "dependencies": {
    "express": "*",
    "q": "*"
  }
}

Into this:

PathTo  = require './Pathfinder'
Version = require './Version'

module.exports =
  name        : 'anteater'
  description : 'Given a collection of ants, anteater will eat most of them.'
  version     : Version

  scripts:
    "build"    : "minify #{ PathTo.file.scriptManifest }"
    "eat-ants" : "node #{ PathTo.service.EatAnts }"

  dependencies:
    # Server
    "express": "*"

    # Utility
    "q": "*"

Usage

Step 0: Install

npm install -g packdown

Step 1: Create Your Package

packdown expects a Package.coffee file to be present in the directory in which it is run. It expects this file to export a JavaScript object, like so:

module.exports =
  name        : "anteater"
  description : "Given a collection of ants, anteater will eat most of them."

Step 2: Pack It Down

From the command line, run packdown. Your package.json will be generated in the current directory.

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