Personal Project notes for the first week of February

Posted by Elf Sternberg as Uncategorized

It’s been awhile since I worked on a personal project.   I have an idea for a simple to-do list, just like everyone else’s.  But mine will be better!  I promise!  It will!  Or, at least, it’ll be mine.  Basically what it comes down to is that I hate every to-do list.  There are a few that are wonderful, but they’re not portable.  There are a few that are portable, but none of them are wonderful.

After a few preliminary sketches, stealing from all the best, I created a new directory and installed grunt, gruntc (a bash front-end to grunt that will look for a grunt.coffee file first, and use it instead of grunt.js; it uses a shadow .grunt.js file).  I’ve created a package.json file and a banner file (used by Grunt), called Omnipotence.  I’ve also created src and app directories, and installed Twitter Bootstrap as a vendor file. As I’m putting this project together, from the beginning, I start to feel a little overwhelmed.  Now, instead of require.js, there’s this thing called “components” that TJ has put out.  It’s designed to replace all of the ad-hoc construction we do with Javascript and make it systematic, but I barely know where to start.

I kinda want to use bacon.js in my project, but I wouldn’t know where to start. I loathe grunt.js’s opacity.   But Brunch’s tersness hurts just as hard.  Makefiles were fairly explicit, but they don’t handle the recursive issue of a standard build project.   Grunt-HAML is just broken; it doesn’t seem to work with Grunt 0.3 at all, and with Grunt 0.4 it mangles and underscore code you may have wanted to deploy client-side.

Still, something resembling progress is being made.

3 Responses to Personal Project notes for the first week of February

Mike A.

February 9th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

If it isn’t too long, could you post a sample of your Makefile?

My JavaScript experience doesn’t lend itself to envisioning a build chain that would require its own Makefile.


Elf Sternberg

February 11th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

This is just the start. It’s not terribly exciting, but it does the job. It looks like “post code” in comments strips out whitespace; try to remember that after every target rule the recipe has to be indented by a tab.

app_sources = src/app.coffee
app_objects = app/app.js

home_sources = src/index.haml
home_objects = app/index.html

default: build

build: app bootstrap $(app_objects) $(home_objects)

mkdir -p $@

$(app_objects): app/%.js: src/%.coffee
coffee -o $(@D) -c $< $(home_objects): app/%.html: src/%.haml haml --unix-newlines --no-escape-attrs --double-quote-attributes $< > $@

bootstrap: app
cp bootstrap-extras/variables.less vendor/bootstrap/less
cd vendor/bootstrap && make build
cd vendor/bootstrap/bootstrap && tar cf - .| (cd ../../../app && tar xvf - )

rm -fr app
cd vendor/bootstrap && git reset --hard HEAD

Mike A.

February 16th, 2013 at 10:37 am


If you were going to create an alternative to grunt and Brunch, which features would you borrow from each, and which would you avoid?

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