LaxarJS helps to create maintainable AngularJS apps by assembling them from small, isolated parts. Think of it as middleware for your web client.

Why LaxarJS?

Find out why you would use LaxarJS and if it's the right tool for you. Then, explore the core concepts and browse the manuals in the documentation.

Have a look at the LaxarJS homepage for demos and more information.

Getting Started

The following is a very minimal getting started guide. It helps you to set up your first LaxarJS application and to create your first LaxarJS widget.

Get the Prerequisites

The node package manager npm is required to get started with LaxarJS. First we use it to obtain some basic development tools (grunt-cli and grunt-init), as well as templates for the main LaxarJS artifact types:

npm install -g grunt-cli grunt-init
git clone ~/.grunt-init/laxar-application
git clone ~/.grunt-init/laxar-widget
git clone ~/.grunt-init/laxar-activity

Note that, depending on your workstation setup, you might have to use sudo when running npm install with the -g option. Make sure that your PATH includes the .../node_modules/bin directory. For additional information and troubleshooting, consult the documentation of npm and grunt-init respectively.

Create a LaxarJS Application from Our Template

The scaffolding tool grunt-init can now be used to create artifacts from the LaxarJS templates:

mkdir tryout
cd tryout
grunt-init laxar-application
npm install
npm start

Visit your empty application at http://localhost:8000/debug.html.

Press Ctrl-C to stop the server for now.

Create your first LaxarJS widget

Create a widget which simply displays Hello, world!:

mkdir -p includes/widgets/tryout/my_first_widget
cd includes/widgets/tryout/my_first_widget
grunt-init laxar-widget

Add some widget-HTML:

echo '<h1>Hello, world!</h1>' > default.theme/my_first_widget.html

Reference the widget from your page:

cd -
echo '{
   "layout": "one_column",
   "areas": {
      "activities": [ ],
      "header": [ ],
      "content": [
             "widget": "tryout/my_first_widget"
      "footer": [ ]
' > application/pages/page1.json
npm start

See your widget in action at http://localhost:8000/debug.html

Create a Compressed Release-Ready Version of Your Application

First, stop the development server using Ctrl-C.

grunt optimize
npm start

Now your production-ready application can be visited at http://localhost:8000/index.html. You can also use grunt dist to get a zip archive containing the application without development server and build tools.

Next Steps

Have fun developing your first LaxarJS application.

Make sure to have a look at the manuals and and check out the demo applications on the LaxarJS website.