Developing a Gulp Edge
The Streaming Build System
By Jed Mao, Maximilian Schmitt, Tomasz Stryjewski, Cary Landholt, William Lubelski
Publisher: Bleeding Edge Press
Final Release Date: November 2014
Pages: 143

This book will teach you everything you need to know about Gulp, the open source and powerful streaming build system. Gulp is not intended to be the kitchen sink, but a framework for leveraging custom and community built features to aid in the build process. These features are packaged as plugins and extend the capabilities of gulp. In this book you will see gulp in action through the use of a robust example and you will even learn how to write your own plugin.

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4.0

Best 2 hours you'll spend learning Gulp

By Murphy Argent

from Berlin, DE

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly Developing a Gulp Edge:

    This was a very easy, highly motivated, and quick read about Gulp. I was surprised at how quickly I went through it, and how much sense it all made.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pleasurable Gulp Build System Read

    By The Gangler

    from New York, NY

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    Pros

    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • A few errors

    Best Uses

    • Expert
    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Developing a Gulp Edge:

    Gulp is all the rage in the web development world these days. Of course someone had to rush to be first cash in on the Gulp popularity and quickly publish a book on Gulp hence 'Developing A Gulp Edge' was born. I have been tracking Gulp since about December 2013. I have tried to use it on several projects with only limited success.

    Fast-forward to November 20, 2014 when I decided to start reading this book. The books first few chapters explain what Gulp is and what it is not. (Side Note: I did notice the fact that Safari in particular mobile Safari was ignored in the Javascript libraries section as it probably more than any other browser made developers reconsider how they are developing apps and websites for mobile and other devices.)

    In any case, our authors describe the many benefits of using Gulp in comparison to other build systems. We learn about the benefits of build systems and about the 4 basic gulp commands.

    Then we move on to actually getting npm, node, and gulp with the pizza-app example. This was a wonderful from scratch example. It really helps to seal in the benefit of reading a development book to have a well thought out tutorial that developers can bang on or play with. I did notice that when installing nvm a step was left out. (You need to run source ~/.nvm/nvm.sh right after executing the curl command to get this working.) Our authors guide us through some of the everyday tasks we need to run over and over again that get in the way of quickly developing sites/apps/modules etc... This had me hooked. I was building plug-ins and testing out things I could introduce at work. I stayed up until I had finished reading the entire book.

    This book was a very pleasurable and productive read to be quite frank. I can use this in my workflow immediately. 'Developing a Gulp Edge' and the Kyle Simpson 'You Don't Know Javascript' series made me appreciate development books and the authors of these books. They are more thorough than reading a random blog post on the subject many times. Developers are already working on their own projects and in many cases writing a book is a deviation from their other projects.

    The authors could probably improve this book by updating some of the examples in this book. In particular, I would update the cache busting with gulp part of the book. I have not yet been able to find anything to cache bust a js file. The examples they provided with cache busting worked with everything but Javascript files. I would've also liked to see some thing about working with sprites as well.

    Lastly, we are walked through creating our own gulp plugin that does not actually do anything. It is good practice for those who intend to create a plugin.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Pleasure of Learning About Gulp

    By the gayngler

    from New York, NY

    About Me Developer

    Pros

    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • A few errors

    Best Uses

    • Expert
    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Developing a Gulp Edge:

    Gulp is all the rage in the web development world these days. Of course someone had to rush to be first cash in on the Gulp popularity and quickly publish a book on Gulp hence 'Developing A Gulp Edge' was born. I have been tracking Gulp since about December 2013. I have tried to use it on several projects with only limited success.

    Fastforward to November 20, 2014 when I decided to start reading this book. The books first few chapters explain what Gulp is and what it is not. Gulpt is a build system. (Side Note: I did notice the fact that Safari in particular mobile Safari was ignored in the Javascript libaries section as it probalby more than any other browser made developers reconsider how they are developing apps and websites for mobile and other devices.) In any case, our authors quickly move onto the many benefits of using Gulp in comparisson to other build systems. We learn about the benefits of build systems and about the 4 basic gulp commands.

    Then we move on to actually getting npm, node, and gulp with the pizza-app example. This was a wonderful from scratch example. It really helps to seal in the benefit of reading a development book to have a well thought out tutorial that developers can bang on or play with. I did notice that when installing nvm a step was left out. (You need to run source ~/.nvm/nvm.sh right after executing the curl command to get this working.) Our authors guide us through some of the everyday tasks we need to run over and over again that get in the way of quickly devoping sites/apps/modules etc... This had me hooked. I was building plug-ins and testing out things I could introduce at work. I stayed up until I had finished reading the entire book.

    This book was a very pleasurable and productive read to be quite frank. I can use this in my workflow immediately. 'Developing a Gulp Edge' and the Kyle Simpson 'You Don't Know Javascript' series made me appreciate development books and the authors of these books. They are more thorough than reading a random blog post on the subject many times. Developers are already working on their own projects and in many cases writing a book is a deviation from their other projects.

    The authors could probably improve this book by updating some of the examples in this book. In particular, I would update the cache busting with gulp part of the book. I have not yet been able to find anything to cache bust a js file. The examples they provided with cache busting worked with everything but Javascript files. I would've also liked to see some thing about working with sprites as well.

    Lastly, we are walked through creating our own gulp plugin that does not actually do anything. It is good practice for those who intend to create a plugin.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Hands-on

    By Peter Rietveld

    from The Netherlands

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    Pros

    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Sometimes To Fast

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly Developing a Gulp Edge:

    Great book. Takes you on a journey building a real-world app with great tips for real-world development environments.

    It has some typos, not all examples do work and there are some comments here and their. But it's a early release, and will be better in later versions.

    It is still very useful for everybody who wants to deep-dive into Gulp right now.

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