What to add to your Gitignore File

What files should you push up into a Git repository? What files should you ignore? These are two questions that plague most beginners when they’re learning about Git.

We’re going to explore these two questions in this article so you’ll never have doubts on whether you should ignore a file in the future.

How to Modularize HTML Using Template Engines and Gulp

Template Engines are tools that help us break HTML code into smaller pieces that we can reuse across multiple HTML files. They also give you the power to feed data into variables that help you simplify your code.

You can only use template engines if you had a way to compile them into HTML. This means that you can only use them if you’re working with a backend language, or if you’re using client-side JavaScript.

However, with Node.js, we can now harness the power of template engines easily through the use of tools like Gulp.

That’s what we’re going to cover today in this chapter. We’re going to find out what template engines are, why we should use them, and how to set one up with Gulp.

Gulp for Beginners

Gulp is a tool that helps you out with several tasks when it comes to web development. It’s often used to do front end tasks like:

  • Spinning up a web server
  • Reloading the browser automatically whenever a file is saved
  • Using preprocessors like Sass or LESS
  • Optimizing assets like CSS, JavaScript, and images

This is not a comprehensive list of things Gulp can do. If you’re crazy enough, you can even build a static site generator with Gulp (I’ve done it!). So yes, Gulp is extremely powerful, but you’ll have to learn how to use Gulp if you want to create your own customized build processes.

So that’s what this article is for. It helps you get so good with the basics of Gulp that you can begin exploring everything else for yourself.

A Gulp.js Tutorial (Part 2)

Last week, we set up a simple gulp task to convert Sass into CSS. We also touched on how to watch the styles.scss file for changes and how to reload the browser automatically with Browser Sync.

In this article, we’re going to dive further into the sass task to find out how to watch more than one file for changes, and how to customize options for the plugins that we have used.

Let’s get started.

A Gulp.js Tutorial

Gulp is a build tool that helps you automate your development workflow. In this article, we will dive deep into Gulp to show you how to use it effectively to create a simple workflow.

Let’s get started.

Choosing a Build Tool

Choosing to use one tool over another is one of the largest challenges developers face. Regardless of what you’re choosing, be it a code editor, a framework, or even a build tool. It’s never an easy decision.

When it comes to build tools, the two most popular options right now are Grunt and Gulp. But are these the only two you should choose from? If not, what other choices do you have?

Let’s answer this question.

Overcoming your Fear of the Command Line

Most tools that help you automate your workflow require the use of the command line. Hence, the first obstacle you have to overcome is getting comfortable with the command line.

But the command line is scary.

Playing with it feels like you’re dismantling a bomb that could go off any moment. One wrong move and that’ll mean the end of your life, and your computer.

I didn’t dare to touch it when I first began to code. I felt that the command line was a tool that only experts could use.

However, as I got to know more about it, I began to realize that the command line isn’t scary at all! It’s incredibly safe, even for beginners, and anyone can use it to help improve their workflow.

In this article I’ll show you why the command line isn’t that scary, and how to start to get comfortable with it.

Ready to go? Let’s begin!

Manage your Frontend Dependencies with Bower

Bower is a great dependency manager that’s specially created to help you manage different frontend libraries.

It reduces the time and energy you need to spend hunting around the web for libraries like Susy and jQuery by helping you install, update or delete them with a single command.

To top it off, it can help you download all the libraries you need whenever you scaffold a new project with a single command.

In this article we’ll talk about how to install Bower and how to use it.

An Overview of a Development Workflow

A good workflow is crucial for development because it saves time. We know this, and yet we constantly procrastinate this important task.

We can’t blame ourselves really. New technologies pop up and we have no idea how to use them. The web industry moves too fast and sometimes causes us to be completely overwhelmed.

So for the first post in the workflow series, I wanna show you what a development workflow is, and how to automate different parts of the workflow.

The Results Are Out! Ready To Hear What’s Coming Up Next?

Two weeks ago, I said I wanted to write about a new topic in addition to Susy. I had 3 major themes in mind and wanted to find out if you’d be interested in them. So I posted up a survey and asked for feedback.

After two weeks of non-stop email interviews, as well as from the survey results, I’m happy to announce that I’ve came to a conclusion on what to write about next.

I think you’ll be excited to hear this!

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