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Gulp! Refreshment for Your Frontend Assets

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What you'll be learning

// composer.json
{
    "require": {
        "php": ">=5.3.3",
        "symfony/symfony": "2.6.*", // v2.6.4
        "doctrine/orm": "~2.2,>=2.2.3", // v2.4.6
        "doctrine/doctrine-bundle": "~1.2", // v1.2.0
        "twig/extensions": "~1.0", // v1.2.0
        "symfony/assetic-bundle": "~2.3", // v2.5.0
        "symfony/swiftmailer-bundle": "~2.3", // v2.3.7
        "symfony/monolog-bundle": "~2.4", // v2.6.1
        "sensio/distribution-bundle": "~3.0", // v3.0.9
        "sensio/framework-extra-bundle": "~3.0", // v3.0.3
        "incenteev/composer-parameter-handler": "~2.0", // v2.1.0
        "hautelook/alice-bundle": "~0.2" // 0.2
    },
    "require-dev": {
        "sensio/generator-bundle": "~2.3" // v2.4.0
    }
}

NOTE We now recommend using Webpack instead of Gulp. And, we have a shiny tutorial all about it: https://knpuniversity.com/screencast/javascript-webpack

We all need to minify and combine our CSS and JS files. And with Gulp, this is not only easy, but it's actually fun to do!

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to setup Gulp in your PHP or Symfony project to do a bunch of things:

  • Minify CSS and JS files
  • Watch files for changes
  • Combine files
  • Use sourcemaps
  • Publish Font files
  • Have page-specific CSS/JS files
  • Cache-bust with versioning

We'll actually use Laravel's Elixir as a guide, but make things work for any PHP project and learn how we can make Gulp do whatever we need.

Yay!


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