If you want boilerplate, the Yeoman collection tools: http://yeoman.io/ is what you need. There's boilerplate for a huge amount of projects, with generators of the parts (like: service for Angular, models for Ember, routes for Backbone...).
The angular-generator is a very complex piece of work, but is extremely efficient. I highly suggest you to try it twice: once to fuck things up, another to understand the good way.
You can eventually use these CSS and HTML skeletons (http://html5up.net/) to do something neat, but I don't think someone will judge you because you used bootstrap.
If you find that the Yeoman flow requires too much setup and ceremony, Brunch (http://brunch.io/) is a good lightweight alternative - faster to set up and also just faster in general at compiling assets. They have a lot of community-created app skeletons, and I've found it pretty useful at getting projects bootstrapped quickly without reinventing the wheel.
Well, yeoman provides 3 tools: Yo, Grunt, and Bower.
The first handle boilerplate and scaffholding, the second automation and the third is for 3rd party libraries provided to the browser (npm/gem/pip for the browser).
They have a catalog and as soon as you have choosen what you wanted inside, it keep things updated, clean dependencies, etc.
The thing is, you still have to do the choices yourself. So, as a newbie, you quickly find the profusion of packages overwhelming.
So, assuming you want to make Hackathon Starter and youknow how to do it you could:
4. Then you'll write these nices views because that can't be generated. That's where the value of this project is.
5. This yeooman generator doesn't provide passport (auth system for Node) so you'll have to write it too. Maybe i didn't pick the best generator, sorry for that. Again, the project has lot of value with the working Passport system.
6. Glue things together with Js and CSS in the front-end, because that can't be generated neither.
There is work in this project, and yeoman is not the silver bullet. Just another tool to make things faster.
Oddly enough it works perfectly fine in Chrome Version 33.0.1750.46 beta-m but it doesn't load in Firefox V 24.0, V 25.0 or V 26.0 so something is wrong with the page.
It seems to load the iframe but instead of loading the whole page it just loads some widget div with nothing in it.
There's also a nice tool called Lineman http://www.linemanjs.com/. It's a simple convention-over-configuration-get-out-of-your-way command line utility that does all the heavy lifting so you can just code your app.
There are a number of templates to get you started and once you get over the initial learning curve lineman fades into the background while you iterate on your app.
The use of the word "kickstarter" is pretty confusing here. My first thought was that this was something people at hackathons could use to put up ideas and see who's interested in joining them. I guess I should have noticed the lowercase "k".
I've used Drywall - it makes standing up a service nice, however I dislike their backbone on every page vs single page app. I wish they would have done that diff, but its easy to use the existing API for things like resetting passwords and sending emails.
Is XCode or Visual Studio really a prerequisite? I guess I'm missing something, but looks like I could do this in IntelliJ or even sublime. Looks very interesting but I don't use either of those and don't have the current ability to run out and buy a Mac and have no interest in developing on Windows.
> Both mongoose and bcrypt libraries (and could be a few others) require gcc build tools in order for those packages to be installed. On Ubuntu you would do sudo apt-get install build-essential. On Mac you would need to install Xcode to get the command line tools, and on Windows you would need Visual Studio.
My focus is on clean structure, completeness of tools and documentation (mostly inline) so you not only get a node/express/jade/everyauth/mongodb app but also can learn what's going on and how it all works together.
Can I ask why you chose everyauth over Passport? (I'm the developer of Passport.)
By all accounts, Passport is by far the more popular authentication package (95,000 downloads from npm in the last month vs. 2,100 for everyauth). Furthermore, maintenance of everyauth seems to have come to a halt, leaving outstanding bugs and issues unaddressed. In contrast, Passport has 100% test coverage, and has an API that's been proven stable over ~2 years.
I guess when I decided everyauth over passport about 4 months ago (there was an actual decision process IIRC) it seemed like everauth was more mature, I found more examples and other repos explaining how I could bend it to my needs.
Recently I've come across passport quite often and it appears to be the gold standard nowadays... So yes it's going in at some point in time (this is a minor side project only).
I will happily merge a pull request if you care to go for it - I currently only support facebook and twitter and was working on local user/pass up until an hour ago ... ;)
I think the differentiator here is the amount of documentation and that they make no assumptions about your system. For instance, telling me I need XCode to even build some of the libraries - not something I see in very many docs but absolutely something I see people run into at events like Startup Weekend.
As a casual hackathon participant, this is a really great tool. I've seen countless teams with winning ideas go down in flames when they spent two days on the log-in page. And I attribute any success I've had at hackathons more to my ability to prioritize away from those activities than my actual programming chops, which are average at best.
The biggest advantage you'll get out of this system is that it's simple, and you know it in and out because you built it. With all of the other tools that do the same thing, you run into the same problem: you don't have time to learn a new tool at the hackathon. By the time you've figured out Yeoman (which looks really cool), you only have a few hours to implement your app's actual functionality.
I don't think I've ever even tried to implement a login page at a hackathon. I just pretend that every user is authed and go to work on the cool stuff that I'll actually demo.
Since it takes up valuable time to show off "auxiliary" pages like account setup, I think it's okay to just skip 'em. Most people won't mind, as it's well understood that hackathon projects are not ready for prime-time.
Jesus, this is an enormous step up from mean.io and also from CLEAN, my fork of mean. Huge thanks for this, will become my new boilerplate. Anyone up for mantaining a Coffee fork? I think I'll do it.