Middleware for your web client: Create maintainable applications from small, isolated parts.

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. When asked if you would like to create an example application, answer with Yes.

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

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

Press Ctrl-C to stop the server for now.

Create your own 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

Add the widget to the page application/pages/example1.json, so that it looks like this:

   "layout": "two-columns",
   "areas": {
      "left": [
            "widget": "tryout/my-first-widget"
      // ...

Now you may start the development server again:

cd -
npm start

See your Hello, World! 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. If you're already developing your first widgets and want to know which programmatic APIs are provided by LaxarJS, have a look at the API docs.