Starting with Gulp (SR105)




Sometimes there’s nothing more fun than sinking your teeth into a complex, challenging JavaScript to build. Until you get so inundated with tiny, repetitive tasks that take up the majority of your coding time, that is. Enter Gulp; the toolkit that automates all the boring stuff, so you can build the cool stuff. It’s going to make your builds so much better, and we’re going to teach you how to use it…

Cut Out the Boring Bits!

Install, program, and configure Gulp to work for you
Manage JavaScript projects with Gulp
Leverage Gulp as a JavaScript build system
Create runnable ‘builds’ with a single command
Use Gulp to minify SASS files and JavaScript
Rewrite HTML files to reference concatenated, minified JavaScript and CSS
Concatenate all your JavaScript into a single, downloadable file
Automatically build a JavaScript project with the ‘watch’ feature
Let Gulp do all of your mundane JavaScript tasks!
Use Gulp as a JavaScript Build System

This course was designed for developers who want to enhance their workflow. However, if you work with JavaScript regularly, you need this course too. We’ll show you how to use this toolkit to eliminate the most time-consuming, monotonous, and downright boring tasks… and you don’t even need any Gulp experience to get started!

First, we’ll explore Gulp at a high level. You’ll gain an understanding of what a build system is, what Gulp can do for you, and we’ll install and configure gulp according to your own needs. Then, the course divides into two sections; Gulp for development and Gulp for production. In the former, you’ll learn about pre-processing SASS, automating your builds, the much-lauded ‘watch’ function, and the live re-load function.

In the latter, we’ll focus on production for JavaScript and CSS, and we’ll teach you everything you need to know about generating source maps. Once you’ve finished the last section, you’ll know exactly how to use Gulp to get maximum efficiency and productivity from your builds. You’ll also be ready to use this clever toolkit to manage your JavaScript projects, minify, rewrite and concatenate your code, and basically make your developing life a whole lot easier.

What is Gulp?

Gulp is a toolkit designed to automate time-consuming tasks in your development workflow, so you can stop focussing on the boring, repetitive ‘to-dos’ and get back to the building. It makes the development processes simple and efficient, with a quality ecosystem ensuring plugins stay simple and work as expected. It’s intended use is for JavaScript builds and front end web development, and it uses a code-over-configuration approach.


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