Working With Scripts

Elixir also provides several functions to help you work with your JavaScript files, such as compiling future versions of JavaScript, using module bundlers, minification, and simply concatenating plain JavaScript files:

  • scripts
  • scriptsIn
  • webpack
  • browserify
  • rollup


Tip: Please remember you can use any valid file globbing pattern as well.

Babel

Deprecation: mix.babel() has been deprecated in ColdBox Elixir 2.0.0 in favor of using one of the module bundlers (browserify, rollup or webpack)

Combining Compiled Scripts

If you have multiple JavaScript files (non babelified) that you would like to combine into a single file, you may use the scripts method.

The scripts method assumes all paths are relative to the resources/assets/js directory, and will place the resulting JavaScript in includes/js/all.js by default:

elixir( function( mix ){
    mix.scripts( [
        'jquery.js',
        'app.js'
    ] );
} );

If you need to combine multiple sets of scripts into different files, you may make multiple calls to the scripts method. The second argument given to the method determines the resulting file name for each concatenation. You can also use the third optional argument to override the base directory of resources/assets/js

elixir( function( mix ){
    mix.scripts( ['app.js', 'controllers.js' ], 'public/js/app.js' )
       .scripts( ['forum.js', 'threads.js' ], 'public/js/forum.js' );
});

If you need to combine all of the scripts in a given directory, you may use the scriptsIn method or globbing patterns. The resulting JavaScript will be placed in includes/js/all.js:

elixir( function( mix ){
    mix.scriptsIn( 'resources/js/some/directory' );
} );

Combining Scripts

If you have multiple JavaScript files that you would like to combine into a single file, you may use the combine method. Please note that the combine method does NOT do any type of compilation or minification. It is a plain 'ole combination or concatenation of files.

The method assumes the starting place of all paths from the root of your application, so not the resources folder. The first argument is a single location or an array of locations, the second argument is the output combo file.

elixir( function( mix ){
    mix.combine( 
        [
            'resources/assets/vendor/jquery.js',
            'resources/assets/vendor/app.js',
        ],
        "includes/js/combined.js"
    );

    mix.combine( 
        [
            'resources/assets/vendor/*.js'
        ],
        "includes/js/combined.js"
    );
} );

Module Bundlers

There is official support for three module bundlers:

See each individual repository for their specific API.

Browserify

Elixir ships with a browserify method, which gives you all the benefits of requiring modules in the browser and using ECMAScript 6 and JSX.

This task assumes that your scripts are stored in resources/assets/js and will place the resulting file in includes/js/main.js. You may pass a custom output location as an optional second argument and an optional third argument to override the base directory of resources/assets/js:


elixir( function( mix ){

 mix.browserify( 'main.js' );

} );



// Specifying a specific output filename...

elixir( function( mix ){

 mix.browserify( 'main.js', 'includes/javascripts/main.js' );

} );



// Specifying a specific output filename + basedir

elixir( function( mix ){

 mix.browserify( 'main.js', 'includes/javascripts/main.js', 'public/js' );

} );

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