Nodefront - Node.js-powered rapid front-end development utility

Nodefront from Karthik Viswanathan aims to make a front-end developer’s life easier. Built in Node.js, Nodefront bundles a local web server for serving up HTML, CSS, and JavaScript assets and supports live reloading via web sockets. Additionally it ships with a command line interface:

  • nodefront compile - Compiles Jade and Stylus files to HTML and CSS. Can compile upon modification, serve files on localhost, and even automatically refresh the browser/styles when files are changed.

  • nodefront fetch - Automatically fetches CSS/JS libraries for use in your project. Provides an interactive mode to add new libraries.

  • nodefront insert - Inserts CSS/JS libraries directly into your HTML or Jade files.

  • nodefront minify - Minifies CSS and JS files. Can also optimize JPG and PNG images.

Karthik has put together a twenty minute screencast for a full demonstration.

Check out the project web site or source on GitHub for more.

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