Announcing a DevExtreme Project Generator

Oliver's Blog
01 September 2017

Getting started is the hardest part.

Apparently K.C.Sherwood said that first, but all software developers know it very well. Once you’ve grasped a concept, you can run with it, but grasping it in the first place can be much harder than the shortness of the word grasp suggests.

Enough philosophy. Getting started with DevExtreme isn’t hard, exactly, but the installation instructions can seem complex to the first-time reader. I think we’re doing a pretty good job on those instructions, it’s just that the world of JavaScript is complex these days and we try to fit in with several different approaches you might want to take.

To make it easier for you to create new projects that integrate DevExtreme, I have made a generator available. It is based on Yeoman’s yo command, which is based, in turn, on Node.js. It lends itself particularly well to those projects that use Node.js anyway, but then Node.js is a ubiquitous runtime environment these days, likely to be found on most developer machines.

Go try it!

I have written a nice and detailed documentation page for the generator, so I’m not going to repeat everything here. Follow this link to see the README with all the instructions you need.

Note that at the bottom of the README there is a table with links to various sample repositories, where you can browse projects created by the generator, in case you just look for inspiration for your own existing project.

I have good faith that the generator does what it should, but realistically I also expect bugs. Please report any issues directly on github.

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