adhesive

Simple build tool that combines your JS and outputs a source map, with JSON configuration.

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adhesive

adhesive is a simple build tool that uses UglifyJS to concatenate your JavaScript and make you a nice source map.

I expect this to be most useful for simple, front-end focused projects, particularly those that are already working with a traditional list of <script> tags in index.html (and where you may not want to rock the boat). There are more sophisticated versions of this out there, but adhesive has some advantages:

  • There is very little configuration, so it won't take you more than a few minutes to get it working.
  • It outputs source maps so you can easily debug the minified version of your code.
  • It's so simple that you can grab the repo and modify it to your heart's content — without spending very long learning how it works.

adhesive doesn't bother with css. I usually have compass watching my scss files and combining them already.

Installation

You need to install Node if you haven't already. Then:

npm install adhesive -g

Or you can clone this repository, cd into into it, and run npm install, then npm link. That's a good option if you want to try modifying adhesive.

Usage

adhesive <config_path> [--debug | --dont-minify | --help]

Your config file must have a .json extension. You may omit the extension when invoking adhesive. For example, if your configuration file is named build.json, the following are equivalent:

adhesive build
adhesive build.json

Flags

--debug

  • Compiles a source map and saves it alongside the built JavaScript (in previous versions you could put the source maps in a different folder, but it was very confusing to configure so I've removed it).

--no-uglify

  • Will tell adhesive to only concatenate your code (no uglifying), which is useful if you need to debug something in a browser that doesn't support source maps.

--help

  • Displays this information in the terminal.

Automation

Nodemon

I recommend using nodemon with adhesive to recombine your code each time you make a change. Thanks to source maps, this allows you to have a nice workflow that is pretty much identical to using <script> tags:

npm install nodemon -g
nodemon adhesive build --debug

Important: note that if you install adhesive from npm or use npm link, you'll need to use nodemon's --exec mode:

nodemon --exec adhesive build --debug --watch src-js

You'll notice that I used the --watch option to specify the watch folder. In this example I'm building to the 'js' folder, but all my constituent files are in 'src-js'.

The reason is simple: if you use nodemon to execute adhesive and the latter saves its output to the same folder nodemon is watching (such as the project directory), you'll wind up with a crazy infinite loop because nodemon will detect adhesive's output as a change.

IntelliJ Platform File Watchers

IntelliJ File Watcher Configuration

Configuration

The configuration file is a JSON document (as noted above, you can name it anything, but I recommend build.json). It requires that you specify an array of source files and an output path, like so:

{
    "sources":[
        "swipe.js",
        "PxLoader.js",
        "PxLoaderImage.js",
        "main.js"
    ],
    "outputPath":"main_built.js"
}

It probably goes without saying that the sources are concatenated in the order listed, so if your site currently has a list of script tags, you'll want to maintain that same order in here.

Optional Parameters

sourceRoot

You can set a sourceRoot path that will be prepended to the file paths in the sources array:

{
    "sourceRoot":"src",
    "sources":[
        "vendor/swipe.js",
        "vendor/PxLoader.js",
        "vendor/PxLoaderImage.js",
        "main.js"
    ],
    "outputPath":"js/main_built.js"
}

uglifyGlobals

You can define globals that will be injected during the Uglifying process (when the --debug option is not used). Find out why you might want to do this on my blog. Use a hash called uglifyGlobals:

{
    "sourceRoot":"src",
    "sources":[
        "vendor/swipe.js",
        "vendor/PxLoader.js",
        "vendor/PxLoaderImage.js",
        "main.js"
    ],
    "uglifyGlobals": {
        "DEBUG":false
    },
    "outputPath":"js/main_built.js"
}

Version History

1.0.0

  • Added configurable definition of globals for uglify (instead of always being DEBUG:false).
  • Moved some code to helpers.js to facilitate unit tests.
  • Added Jasmine specs.
  • Removed sourceMap configuration hash because it was confusing. Now uses sensible default of saving the source map with the built file.
  • Decided to call it 1.0, because I don't think there's much left to add at this point.

0.1.1

  • Fixed a bug thanks to Adrian Unger.

0.1.0

  • Initial release.

License

FreeBSD:

Copyright (c) 2013, John Starr Dewar
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