Monday, May 4, 2015

Bootstrapping the View Parts

Time to add a face to our project. So, we break out our favorite framework for the designed-impaired programmer, Bootstrap!

Download the stuff and put it in the public/ folder. I made a bootstrap folder in my public folder to keep it organize. Don't forgot to also get jquery. Bootstrap doesn't work without jquery. This is the easy part.

The next part is kinda hit or miss: Jade

Nodejs with Express uses a templating engine to make views. There are a couple of options but jade is the default. I say hit or miss is because some take to Jade like ducklings to water. Some of you might not be ducklings. 

Here's a sample:

nav(class='navbar navbar-default navbar-static-top')
    .container
        .navbar-header
            button(type='button', class='navbar-toggle collapsed', data-toggle='collapse',                    data-target='#navbar', aria-expanded='false', aria-controls='navbar')
                span(class='sr-only') Toggle navigation
                span(class='icon-bar')
                span(class='icon-bar')
                span(class='icon-bar')
            a(class='navbar-brand', href='#')= title
        div(id='navbar',class='navbar-collapse collapse')
            ul.nav.navbar-nav
                li.active
                    a(href='#') Home
                li
                    a(href='#') About
                li
                    a(href='#') Contact

Jade templating language is quite terse to write compared to raw HTML. It also has a few fun parts like includes, conditionals and mixins.

In the Views/ folder, I made a shared folder and move the common stuff like the layout and navbars. This way I can compose the view like lego bricks AND that's where the fun starts.

Clone the repo at Github.