Power-up Your Front-End Development with Grunt
Power-up Your Front-End Development with Grunt
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Power-up Your Front-End Development with Grunt

Last updated on 2013-07-30

About the Book

As front-end developers, we find in our day-to-day tasks and flows that we could (and should!) automate to save time and avoid bugs and errors: compiling Sass stylesheets, running tests, pre-compiling Handlebar templates, linting our code, etc.

This books shows how to use Grunt, a JavaScript task runner, to automate some of the most common tasks we find in front-end projects. The approach of this book is eminently practical and includes plenty of source code.

This is a guide that serves both as an introduction to Grunt, as well as a collection of recipes on how to automatise some of the most common tasks, among them:

  • Lint JavaScript code
  • Compile Sass stylesheets
  • Run unit tests in the console and in a browser
  • Launch a local web server
  • Listen for file changes and re-compile assets (like Sass stylesheets)
  • Generate a tarball with a release of your app
  • Etc.

About the Author

Belén Albeza
Belén Albeza

Belén is a software engineer with experience in web & mobile development, as well as in the videogames industry.

She is now living in London and likes to play in Github, rant about proper HTML code, play Mass Effect and listen to rock music.

Table of Contents

  • About
  • Hello Grunt
    • Install Node and Grunt
    • Start the project
    • Recap
    • The code so far
  • Add a linter
    • Install the JSHint plugin for Grunt
    • Lint a single file
    • Lint the whole project
    • Customise the linter’s rules
    • Recap
    • The code so far
  • Integrate Sass
    • Install the Sass plugin
    • About the directory structure
    • Setup the task
    • Add another target to the task
    • Recap
    • The code so far
  • Start a local server
    • Install the connect plugin for Grunt
    • A basic web server
    • Serving multiple directories
    • Recap
    • The code so far
  • Run tests
    • Install the Jasmine plugin for Grunt
    • Run the tests in the console
    • Run the tests in a browser
    • Recap
    • The code so far
  • Housekeeping
    • Listen for changes
    • Open a browser automatically
    • Improve your workflow with custom tasks
    • Clean temporary files
    • Recap
    • The code so far
  • Generate a tarball
    • Generate a release
    • Compress files
    • Name the tarball with the version number
    • Clean up
    • Recap
    • The code so far

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