gulp-starter, a Gulp Framework

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Building a performance-driven, standards-enforced project requires constant checks & balances — meet gulp-starter. A light-weight Gulp framework to automate slow, repetitive workflows and compose them into efficient build pipelines.

Coding standards, optimization, automation & testing is key when building frontend applications. gulp-starter was built to do just that — a gulp framework to ensure a stable, readable, flexible & completely customizable build.

What is gulp? Gulp is a toolkit that helps you automate painful or time-consuming tasks in your development workflow. It’s a platform-agnostic, simple and strong ecosystem built using NPM modules allowing developers to do whatever they want.

gulp-starter — a starter gulp framework.

gulp-starter was built to rapidly setup frontend build environments. Out of the box, it contains common pre-built tasks that boost performance, enforce coding standards, automate repetitive tasks and generates real-time developer documentation so everyone is always on the same page.

Get started by downloading the latest release on Github.

  • CMS agnostic for maximum flexibility
  • Supports ECMAScript 2015+ code using Babel
  • Supports Sasscssnano to quickly create & compress CSS files
  • Automates support for legacy browser with autoprefixer
  • Self-documenting developer style guide using sassdoc
  • Helps enforce consistency, best practices & coding standards with stylelint, eslint and Prettier
  • Compresses & minifies JavaScript files using gulp-minify
  • Generates CSS & JavaScript source maps using gulp-sourcemaps
  • Optimizes & minifies images using imagemin
  • Auto-generates TODO and FIXME documentation using gulp-todo

Installation is easy.

Download the latest release, then install using npm:

npm install

gulp-starter, on average, saves 8 hours of a developer’s time on project setup based on over 4 years of my personal & professional use in applications & sites.

Once installed, you can start developing right away with little to no configuration. If needed, you also have the ability to completely customize the gulp framework to suit your needs.

Configuration is straightforward.

This gulp framework was but with simplicity in mind.

Configuring gulp-starter is simple — or can easily be extended to handle the most complex applications. All the magic happens in the gulpfile.babel.js, though for most project, its unlikely you’ll ever need to modify it.

What is a gulpfile? A gulpfile is a file in your project directory titled gulpfile.js — or capitalized as Gulpfile.js, like Makefile and if using Babel, gulpfile.babel). It automatically loads when you run the gulp command. Within this file, you’ll often see gulp APIs, like src(), dest(), series(), or parallel(). Any vanilla JavaScript or Node modules can be used and any exported functions will be registered into gulp’s task system. For more information, check out Gulp’s documentation.

Usage is a breeze.

Once installed & configured (if needed), usage is simple with these pre-built shell commands.

Compile for development:

npm run compile

Compile while developing (auto compiles when files are changed):

npm run watch

Compile for production:

npm run build

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