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February 28, 2017 - Anastasia

Scaffolding Project as Important Part of Development

For the last several years we can see that frontend industry has grown really fast and continues to. There are numerous technologies released every day to improve user interface and user experience. From small libraries to huge frameworks frontend developers discover something new that can improve web applications. All new web components need to be installed, configured for your project and then compiled together for release versions. There are tools specially created for this kind of purposes and they can help you much during the whole development process. Scaffolding is created for the purpose of managing frontend deployment and are usually a part of the application stack. Scaffolding helps to prevent repetitive actions, automatize and enhance the workflow, therefore it is ideal solution when saving as much time as possible and not losing the quality – is your main priority. Get acquainted with one of the best scaffolding tools – Gulp task runner in our dedicated article.

The best scaffolding tools will help you to make the workflow more logical

Node.js Package Manager №1: npm

Today we are going to talk about npm (node package manager), because this one deserves to be mentioned for sure. After installing Node.js and npm you can get all tools for coding that you need, just by using couple of commands in terminal. Numerous tools and frames, available through npm, allow you to create high-quality web apps on JavaScript. From npm developers tend to install tools for running and testing projects, bundling and minimizing files. Compilers for new preprocessors, last language versions which aren’t supported by browsers yet are popular kind of downloads as well, because they help to reduce developing time and make workflow more concise and comfortable. Using Node.js package manager we are also able to install Bower which contains many popular frontend components for UI and UX. You don’t need to download and integrate each component separately through the code, only one command in terminal and that’s it. Such a function is a great time-saver for developers! As the output programmer gets json file with information about all components, that had been used in current project development, which is also very convenient.

As it is stated on the official website:

The npm registry hosts over a quarter million packages of reusable code — the largest code registry in the world.

Therefore, you may not even know about a bigger half of the ready solutions on how to automatize many coding processes. Since the number of Node.js packages is really insane, you may firstly be scared with the thought, that you’ll have to scroll infinitely in the search of the right Node.js packages exactly for your issue. Don’t be. Just check out Node-Modules and npm search. In case you already know what kind of package you need, insert the full name of it, but don’t forget, that you may search by the keyword only, for ex. “assets”, and the whole range of possible solutions will be shown in the list.

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Scaffolding Project Smartly

In order to create a scaffold for the main workflow we may choose one of the popular tools: Gulp, Grunt, Yeoman or Slush. They help us to fully control project development: bundle and minimize files, build release distributives and integrate the latest tools for technologies like Sass for CSS, Pug for HTML and ES6 for JavaScript. However, these are not the only tools we would potentially need to develop an app of the highest quality. Eslint and Karma tools for testing a ready product are also quite useful when it comes to closing the project in the right way, because even if programmers did everything right, some bugs still may appear after code writing is finished.   

We can make a bit of conclusion here and mention once more, that scaffolding project really improves its workflow and saves your time. This is why developers of Mobilunity use the best scaffolding tools like Gulp to manage the workflow in the smartest way.

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