New Web in Visual studio 2015, Bower, Grunt, Gulp, npm

Today I have a task to look for what is Bower ? actually it was the first time I heard about it so I determine to have half hour to know more about it and I will summarize , modern web development has a lot of parts like

1. Server-side code

2. Client- side code [JavaScript, JQuery,Bootstrap, Angular …. ]

3. Complex tool chain like

  • LESS –> little language that compiles into javascript, the code compiles one to one into the equivalent JS and there is no interpretation
  • CoffeScript –> is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript, Any browser, Any host, Any OS, Open Source.
  • TypeScript –> is a CSS pre-processor, meaning that it extends the CSS language, adding features that allow variables, function, it runs inside Node, in the browser and inside Rhino

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also you have to bundle and minify JavaScript files and run tools like JSLint or unit tests

To enable these scenarios, Visual Studio 2015 has built-in support for several popular third-party tools:

  • Bower. Described as a “package manager for the web,” Bower lets you install and restore client-side packages, include JavaScript and CSS libraries. For server-side libraries like the MVC 6 framework, you will still use NuGet Package Manager.
  • Grunt and Gulp. Grunt and Gulp are JavaScript-based task runners. If you aren’t familiar with these, a task runner is an app that automates routine development tasks. Right now, the ASP.NET 5.0 project template uses Grunt.
  • npm (Node Package Manager). npm is a package manager that was originally created for Node.js . Bower, Grunt, and Gulp all use npm.
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