Gulp automation tool
Angular projects require automation. Period.
In this series we will take a look at Gulp. Gulp is a task runner. It is the commander of our army of helper robots that take critical, yet totally mundane, tasks and perform them hundreds of times per day so we don't have to. When we sit down to work, we want to enter a single command, and then spend the rest of our day writing code, testing, and basically not thinking about how it is all glued together in the background.
Automation is critical to any project of significant size. We will start with the Eggly Bookmarks application, and develop proper build automation that will include production ready tools that you can start using in your applications today!
Let's look at the basics of setting up Gulp and Browserify. Creating a Gulp task from scratch, we'll cover how to utilise the Browserify API to generate a single
bundle.js file, catch and log any errors that occur in the compilation process, transform the stream into a format that can be consumed by
gulp.dest and finish by writing the bundle to a
Building upon the
watch task that we begin this lesson with, we’ll look at how to create a local development server using the
app directory as the web root. By using Browsersync to achieve this, we can also instruct all connected browsers to automatically reload each time our bundle is re-generated. Browsersync has a public
.stream() method that is designed exactly for this purpose.
Beginning with a single Gulp task capable of generating a one-time Browserify bundle, we enable file-watching and incremental rebuilds by incorporating Watchify. We add a second task
watch & refactor our initial code to enable the bulk of it to be re-used. We’ll look at exactly how to ‘wire’ these tools together and how the relationship between Watchify & Browserify can manifest into a seriously efficient workflow.