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AngularJS + Express Full Stack Generator

A generator for AngularJS, integrated with an Express server.js for full stack development.

Featuring:

  • Express server integrated with grunt tasks
  • Livereload of client and server files
  • Easy deployment workflow.
  • Optional mongoDB integration
  • NEW Support for jade templates

Based on generator-angular

Usage

Install generator-angular-fullstack:

npm install -g generator-angular-fullstack

Make a new directory, and cd into it:

mkdir my-new-project && cd $_

Run yo angular-fullstack, optionally passing an app name:

yo angular-fullstack [app-name]

Express

Launch your express server in development mode.

grunt serve

Launch your express server in production mode, uses the minified/optimized production app folder.

grunt serve:dist

Livereload

grunt serve will watch client files in app/, and server files inside lib/, restarting the Express server when a change is detected.

Deployment

While deployment should be easy enough with the grunt dist build, we provide an extremely simplifed deployment process for heroku.

yo angular-fullstack:deploy heroku for generating a deployment ready folder for heroku.com from your project files.

Create and Deploy an app in 4 steps

  1. mkdir foo && cd foo

  2. yo angular-fullstack

  3. yo angular-fullstack:deploy heroku

  4. cd heroku && git push heroku master

  5. Optional (if using mongoDB) heroku addons:add mongohq

That's it! Your app should be live and shareable. Type heroku open to view it.

Generators

Available generators:

Note: Generators are to be run from the root directory of your app.

App

Sets up a new AngularJS app, generating all the boilerplate you need to get started. The app generator also optionally installs Twitter Bootstrap and additional AngularJS modules, such as angular-resource (installed by default).

Example:

yo angular-fullstack

Deploy

Initalizes a heroku app and generates a heroku folder which is ready to push to heroku.

Example:

yo angular-fullstack:deploy heroku

Route

Generates a controller and view, and configures a route in app/scripts/app.js connecting them.

Example:

yo angular-fullstack:route myroute

Produces app/scripts/controllers/myroute.js:

angular.module('myMod').controller('MyrouteCtrl', function ($scope) {
  // ...
});

Produces app/views/myroute.html:

<p>This is the myroute view</p>

Controller

Generates a controller in app/scripts/controllers.

Example:

yo angular-fullstack:controller user

Produces app/scripts/controllers/user.js:

angular.module('myMod').controller('UserCtrl', function ($scope) {
  // ...
});

Directive

Generates a directive in app/scripts/directives.

Example:

yo angular-fullstack:directive myDirective

Produces app/scripts/directives/myDirective.js:

angular.module('myMod').directive('myDirective', function () {
  return {
    template: '<div></div>',
    restrict: 'E',
    link: function postLink(scope, element, attrs) {
      element.text('this is the myDirective directive');
    }
  };
});

Filter

Generates a filter in app/scripts/filters.

Example:

yo angular-fullstack:filter myFilter

Produces app/scripts/filters/myFilter.js:

angular.module('myMod').filter('myFilter', function () {
  return function (input) {
    return 'myFilter filter:' + input;
  };
});

View

Generates an HTML view file in app/views.

Example:

yo angular-fullstack:view user

Produces app/views/user.html:

<p>This is the user view</p>

Service

Generates an AngularJS service.

Example:

yo angular:service myService

Produces app/scripts/services/myService.js:

angular.module('myMod').service('myService', function () {
  // ...
});

You can also do yo angular-fullstack:factory, yo angular-fullstack:provider, yo angular-fullstack:value, and yo angular-fullstack:constant for other types of services.

Decorator

Generates an AngularJS service decorator.

Example:

yo angular-fullstack:decorator serviceName

Produces app/scripts/decorators/serviceNameDecorator.js:

angular.module('myMod').config(function ($provide) {
    $provide.decorator('serviceName', function ($delegate) {
      // ...
      return $delegate;
    });
  });

Options

In general, these options can be applied to any generator, though they only affect generators that produce scripts.

Jade

For generators that output views, the --jade option will output Jade instead of HTML.

For example:

yo angular-fullstack --jade

Changes the rendering engine from EJS to Jade, and generates your views as jade files instead of HTML.

Assets that will be minified or compressed such as scripts, styles, and images, must still use normal html tags so they can be picked up by grunt-usemin and compressed for production builds.

CoffeeScript

For generators that output scripts, the --coffee option will output CoffeeScript instead of JavaScript.

For example:

yo angular-fullstack:controller user --coffee

Produces app/scripts/controller/user.coffee:

angular.module('myMod')
  .controller 'UserCtrl', ($scope) ->

A project can mix CoffeScript and JavaScript files.

To output JavaScript files, even if CoffeeScript files exist (the default is to output CoffeeScript files if the generator finds any in the project), use --coffee=false.

Minification Safe

By default, generators produce unannotated code. Without annotations, AngularJS's DI system will break when minified. Typically, these annotations that make minification safe are added automatically at build-time, after application files are concatenated, but before they are minified. By providing the --minsafe option, the code generated will out-of-the-box be ready for minification. The trade-off is between amount of boilerplate, and build process complexity.

Example

yo angular-fullstack:controller user --minsafe

Produces app/controller/user.js:

angular.module('myMod').controller('UserCtrl', ['$scope', function ($scope) {
  // ...
}]);

Background

Unannotated:

angular.module('myMod').controller('MyCtrl', function ($scope, $http, myService) {
  // ...
});

Annotated:

angular.module('myMod').controller('MyCtrl',
  ['$scope', '$http', 'myService', function ($scope, $http, myService) {

    // ...
  }]);

The annotations are important because minified code will rename variables, making it impossible for AngularJS to infer module names based solely on function parameters.

The recommended build process uses ngmin, a tool that automatically adds these annotations. However, if you'd rather not use ngmin, you have to add these annotations manually yourself.

Add to Index

By default, new scripts are added to the index.html file. However, this may not always be suitable. Some use cases:

  • Manually added to the file
  • Auto-added by a 3rd party plugin
  • Using this generator as a subgenerator

To skip adding them to the index, pass in the skip-add argument:

yo angular-fullstack:service serviceName --skip-add

Bower Components

The following packages are always installed by the app generator:

  • angular
  • angular-mocks
  • angular-scenario

The following additional modules are available as components on bower, and installable via bower install:

  • angular-cookies
  • angular-loader
  • angular-resource
  • angular-sanitize

All of these can be updated with bower update as new versions of AngularJS are released.

Configuration

Yeoman generated projects can be further tweaked according to your needs by modifying project files appropriately.

Output

You can change the app directory by adding a appPath property to bower.json. For instance, if you wanted to easily integrate with Express.js, you could add the following:

{
  "name": "yo-test",
  "version": "0.0.0",
  ...
  "appPath": "public"
}

This will cause Yeoman-generated client-side files to be placed in public.

Testing

Running grunt test will run the unit tests with karma.

Contribute

See the contributing docs

When submitting an issue, please follow the guidelines. Especially important is to make sure Yeoman is up-to-date, and providing the command or commands that cause the issue.

When submitting a PR, make sure that the commit messages match the AngularJS conventions.

When submitting a bugfix, write a test that exposes the bug and fails before applying your fix. Submit the test alongside the fix.

When submitting a new feature, add tests that cover the feature.

License

BSD license

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