A module builder to AngularJS

Added by: Sam Deering





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Module Description

Angular app builder


A wrapper for common tasks in a frontend project, using Gulp, Browserify and friends.

Install with npm

$ npm install -g ngbuilder


Write a modular/pluggable app builder that does the common things of AngularJS projects through plugins that wrap gulp tasks (watch, uglify, browserify, cssmin, ngAnnotate...)



  • You write all your .js files inside a "/src" folder. Angular annotations in the sources are handled with ng-annotate. ES6 syntax is handed to traceur. The files go through JSHint to check for common mistakes. The sources are concatenated, and the result is write to index.js in the module root. The name "index.js" has a reason: Browserify can find it with a simple require('/path/to/module');


  • You write your .scss/.less/.whatever files in a "scss/less/whatever" folder, then the plugin outputs a module.css file in the module root


  • You write your views (.html partials) in a "views" folder and they are bundled as JS files, using AngularJS $templateCache. The views are saved to /src/views.js


The steps above will generate some files that can be put together to make an app. For the JS files, browserify can generate a final bundle with all the dependencies.

What else?

Plugins are really simple to write. They're just Gulp wrappers.


See the usage options right from the command-line. On a terminal, run this:

$ ngbuilder

Module structure

Each module should have a structure similar to this:

/src            module JS sources (expected: module.js + **/*.js)
/views          HTML partials (mostly directive templates)
/test           Unit tests
/scss           SCSS sources

// soon
/i18n           Translation tables

App structure

Apps follow the same structure of a module. Modules and apps are barely the same thing. The only difference is that an app will import all the module it needs and have them declared as module dependencies.

So, if your app called foo have user and store as module dependencies, your app would be like this:

var $module = angular.module('foo', ['user', 'store']);
export $module;

$module.controller('MyCtrl', ...)
// ...

Since we have Browserify and ES6 support built-in, you would do it this way:

import user from 'user';
import store from 'store';

angular.module('foo', [,]);
// ...

The reason for this is:

  • The ES6 modules syntax will be converted to require() syntax to be used by Browserify. It is also super clean and beautiful :D

  • Each module you import will be actually a reference to the Angular's module object (that one returned by angular.module('modulename')), which has a name property. So, using this property, you are actually pointing to that module.

Module stats last updated: 2015-04-19 12:38:15

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