jList: CodeKit project configuration file added to GitHub

The last few years has seen an explosion of techniques, tools, libraries and frameworks introduced for web developers – jQuery, Node, SASS, Less, Compass, templating, CoffeeScript, jsLint, jsHint and many, many more. Unfortunately, this means that producing even a relatively simple web page can become a multi-step process. Even jList, my simple, single file Javascript library which has no runtime dependencies, must be run through jsLint, then Uglify,js (each with their own preference settings), then Jasmine, every time a change is made. Worse still, as a project grows the number of tools and the complexity of their interactions may increase significantly.

Luckily, if you are a Mac user, help is at hand in the shape of CodeKit. Described by it’s developer as “like steroids for web developers”, a statement I wholeheartedly agree with, CodeKit lets you automate and streamline your development process. For jList, this reduces my cycle of change / save / run jsLint / run Uglify.js (if jsLint was ok) to the more manageable change / save. Better still it makes sure I don’t accidentally skip a step in my hurry to complete a change.  With many more features such as Less compilation, file concatenation and live browser reloads, CodeKit quickly becomes an essential, time-saving app.

CodeKit showing the jList project files

What all this is leading to is that I have now added the CodeKit configuration file I use for jList to the project in GitHub. To quote from the CodeKit help:

When you add a project to CodeKit, the app will look for a file named “codekit-config.json" in the project’s root folder. If it exists, CodeKit will automatically set up the project to match the configuration file. First, it will apply the project defaults from the file. Then, it will change each file’s settings to match those recorded for that file. (If it encounters a file that is not described, it will use the project defaults to set initial options for that file.)

So, simply dragging jList into CodeKit will give you all of the settings I use while developing it. It’s a simple enough configuration but having it included in the repo is a time-saver and will allow you to easily replicate my process and settings should you be changing jList.






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