courier

npm packages in CoffeeScript (package.coffee -> package.json)

npm install courier
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npm packages in CoffeeScript (package.coffee -> package.json)

Installation

npm -g install courier

Motivation

Compiling a package.coffee file to a package.json isn't as simple as it seems

Usage

  1. Write your npm package package.json in CoffeeScript and save as package.coffee
  2. Run courier against your project.

package.json is now alongside package.coffee; ready to be installed or linked with npm.

Options

Use the -p (--print) flag for a noisy delivery.

Dynamicism

Since courier utilises CoffeeScript and not static JSON, npm packages can be made dynamic.

For instance, the following package.coffee...

name: 'node-foo'

description: 'extends node with foo'

date: new Date

...would produce the following package.json...

{
  "name": "node-foo",
  "description": "extends node with foo",
  "date": "2011-02-23T09:25:14.491Z"
}

For a concrete example of this behaviour, look no further than the package.coffee of this very project. Hint: The VERSION file is read to dynamically version the npm package.

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