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Managing front-end anarchy with JavaScript build artifacts

2ad55a66b8325eb097612c069ab76231?s=47 Clay Smith
October 15, 2015

Managing front-end anarchy with JavaScript build artifacts


Clay Smith

October 15, 2015


  1. Clay Smith Developer Advocate, New Relic @smithclay - csmith@newrelic.com Managing

    front-end anarchy with build artifacts
  2. About Me • Lots of web and mobile app development

    (PagerDuty, Reuters, Flite) • Been node.js since 0.4 • Dev Advocating at New Relic (focus on mobile and JS)
  3. Front-end web dev is </hard> • Building JavaScript apps is

    complicated and changes fast. • Complexity and constant change introduce new modes of failure. • Build artifacts simplify workflow. This talk is all about them.
  4. Case study: Building a single-page app in late 2015 CC

    A ND https://www.flickr.com/photos/jb912/15508099417
  5. Choosing a language • To JavaScript or not to JavaScript?

    • ES6, ES7 or ES-old? • CoffeeScript, ClojureScript, Scala.js • DogeScript, DART CC A ND https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/5012153774
  6. Now boarding on platform mobile CC A ND https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrhayata/8714084144

  7. • Do I build a separate app? • Do I

    use build a native (Swift/Java) or hybrid app (PhoneGap)? • If I build a single-page app, do I use a responsive framework? • How do I test this on different mobile devices? Difficult mobile app questions
  8. CC A ND https://www.flickr.com/photos/sk8geek/4901169636/ JS Framework (n) - Something to

    argue about at dev conferences.
  9. The battle for ★s 43, 046 29, 029 23, 092

    14, 847 github.com, 10/6/15
  10. google.com/trends, 10/16/2015

  11. • 245 talks and events on Ember.js • 746 talks

    and events on Backbone • 777 talks and events on React.js • 1222 talks and events on Angular • 2434 talks and events on jQuery lanyrd.com,10/6/15 5424 talks
  12. Putting it all together with build tools Screenshot of my

    build environment
  13. {com,trans}pile, optimize *.js, *.css, *.html, *.woff *.js, *.css, templates

  14. Webpack: so on fleek right now (see also: AssetGraph)

  15. Assets are nodes in a graph index.html about.html header.png style.css

    about.js custom.woff shared.js Example dependency graph
  16. Also: webpack doesn't care what module load you use. “webpack

    takes modules with dependencies and generates static assets representing those modules.” http://webpack.github.io/docs/what-is-webpack.html
  17. bundle splitting! async loading! packaging static assets!

  18. Visualization of the open-source package generator-webapp: http://npm.anvaka.com/ (MIT License) So.

    Many. Dependencies.
  19. npm install all-the-things

  20. honestpullrequest.com is 3068 lines long npm list https://github.com/yeoman/generator-webapp (BSD Licence)

  21. Why does it seem like everyone uses Bootstrap?

  22. CC0 https://pixabay.com/en/iceberg-antarctica-polar-blue-ice-404966/ Welcome to iceberg web dev

  23. Build artifacts are here to help CC A ND https://www.flickr.com/photos/curtismacnewton/13826289

  24. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artifact_(software_development) An artifact is one of many kinds of tangible

    by-products produced during the development of software.
  25. The /dist folder problem github.com screen capture (MIT License)

  26. • Problem #1: "Whoops, I forgot to rebuild in this

    commit" • Problem #2: Very, very painful merge conflicts. • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  27. The hybrid app problem iOS Android Browser APP

  28. • Multiple platforms and targets need some combination (and potentially

    different versions) of JavaScript, CSS, HTML. • Don't want to check in transformed source code. • Don't want to make Xcode/Android do javascript builds. • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  29. So just run (gulp || grunt) on the app servers

    before deploy?
  30. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13784600/how-to-deploy-node-app-that-uses- grunt-to-heroku I was wrong on StackOverflow.

  31. Best practice: Don't put "transformed" code into VCS... or make

    other people build it.
  32. Artifact repositories - a home for artifacts

  33. build artifacts (prod. JS/HTML/CSS) repository (cloud storage, GH release, etc)

    "something" that needs the archive Build Artifact Workflow
  34. Case study: npm • npm doesn't want you to annoy

    people who use your package with the details of how you built it. npm package npm registry you publish install
  35. https://www.npmjs.org/doc/misc/npm-scripts.html “The advantage of doing [compilation, transformation, etc] at prepublish

    time instead of preinstall or install time is that they can be done once, in a single place, and thus greatly reduce complexity and variability.”
  36. #YOBO You Only Build Once.

  37. Case study: Carthage • Carthage is a new dependency manager

    for iOS. • It compiles Swift or Objective-C code and produces dynamic frameworks that can be used by other projects.
  38. https://github.com/Carthage/Carthage “Carthage can automatically use prebuilt frameworks, instead of building

    from scratch, if they are attached to a GitHub Release on your project’s repository.”
  39. Demo

  40. CC A ND https://www.flickr.com/photos/amymctigue/3161095736 Recap

  41. Single page JavaScript is hard. CC A ND https://www.flickr.com/photos/stanzebla/19332381963

  42. Bundle assets created from your build process. CC A ND

  43. Use an artifact repository to mangage artifacts. CC A ND

  44. Key takeaway: never check transformed JS source into VCS. CC

    A ND https://www.flickr.com/photos/matteocarli/2489736887
  45. Say hi at the New Relic Booth. Clay Smith Developer

    Advocate, New Relic @smithclay - csmith@newrelic.com