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The TroopJS bundle is the deck bearing all rest of modules, which serves various different aspects of development tasks, from creating release files to generating API docs.

TroopJS unlike many other singular libraries, is a highly modularized framework consist of many small, dedicated modules that works side-by-side with certain dependencies on each other. The bundle repository instead has no actual functional module, but only to glue a selected group of modules together for development and release purpose, thus setup the bundle is the initial step of TroopJS development.

Setup the bundle

clone the bundle repository first:

git clone
cd troopjs

To install the list of default modules from bower, only core modules will be included as default

bower install

All core modules should now reside in the bower_components directory, this install will also include those 3rd libraries that individual module relies on.

Build with Grunt

TroopJS uses grunt as the build system, first make sure grunt and all grunt task plugins are installed via NPM.

npm install

Check for available grunt tasks by grunt --help which gives you the list of grunt tasks that powers TroopJS, some primary ones are explained below:

  • compile - This task takes different profiles (right now maxi and mini) defined in each a list of included modules, to trace individual ones for it's module dependencies, eventually put together the bundled script will all modules by requirejs optimizer. The results bundle uncompressed will be created in dist directory.
  • test - This task is to run every module's tests with the buster runner backed by phantomJS, tests will be run from command line in the head-less browser, fails the task in case any of the tests has failed, and to log rest report on standard output.
  • release - This task is to perform TroopJS release from the current branch, which create TroopJS bundle from the above compile task, eventually compress it and push the dist directory content to an orphan release branch corresponds to the current version.
  • docs - This task generates and assembles JSDuck API documentation for all modules found within the bower_components directory.
  • version - This task manages TroopJS versioning with Git tag in semver compliant format.
  • eslint - This task lint for all modules sources found within bower_components directory with eslint( ) rules.

Test with Buster.JS

TroopJS tests are written and run in Buster.JS, all tests can be running in any of the following ways:

  • opening web page with either static browser runner that runs tests in a browser
  • directly through command line with headless browser like phantomJS
  • simultaneously run tests on all the captured browsers

Run tests with phantomJS is the simpliest way of verying all tests are green, which is available as grunt task test, if it's your first time of running this command buster and phantomJS will be installed which will take a while.

grunt test

Run only specific tests statically in one browser is handy for debugging and trouble shoot test failures, launch buster-static and point your browser to printed runner URL.

Starting server on http://localhost:8282/

You can also specify glob pattern that filters down the tests further and to run only those tests, e.g. the following is to run only tests from troopjs-core module.

buster-static -t "/Users/garry/workspace/troopjs/bower_components/troopjs-core/test/**/*.js"

To run tests simutaneously with captured browsers you should instead launch buster-server, open the runner page with your concerned browsers and click for "capture".

buster-server running on http://localhost:1111

Then you can run tests from command line like the above with static runner.

buster-static -t "/Users/garry/workspace/troopjs/bower_components/troopjs-core/test/**/*.js"

When adding more tests be aware that all tests shall be within the test directory for each module, each subjected component shall has a corresponding test suite file of it's own, filename must be suffixed by -test, for instance the test suite file for troopjs-browser/component/widget would be troopjs-browser/test/component/widget-test.

If in your tests other dependent scripts are to be required, they have to appear inside the libs or resources section of test/buster.js of buster configuration to make them available at runtime.

You may want to check individual module source for more details of how does TroopJS buster test case looks like.

Build profile

Bundle profiles currently maxi.js and mini.js are preset list of modules to be included in a requirejs optimizer run, all troopjs modules but not external ones will be bundled as a whole, with an extra troopjs/version module which indicates exact version of troopjs.

If you're not satisfied with our preset list of modules in bundle, you can easily build you own bundle by modifying one of the existing bundle profile then just to rebuild, to examplify we redefine how the maxi bundle looks like by removing some unused modules from troopjs-data, and add some interested widgets from the troopjs-contrib-browser package.

], function  (mini)  { 
    return  mini;

Before rebuild the bundle, we need to make sure the new troopjs-contrib-browser package is properly installed locally.

bower install troopjs-contrib-browser --save-dev

Then to rebuild you bundle with grunt compile and we should be able to check the updated list of bundled modules in dist/build.txt file.

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