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Gulp to Azure

25 Mar 2014

Gulp has been in place in iVendi for about 2 months now. It's really brought down the build times, but also the complexity. Some (including me) would say this is an even bigger win.

This week I started to get to grips with Node streams in a big way so that I could write my own streaming build step, and I have to say that it was a lot easier that I had expected and definitely very powerful.

The basic premise for my task is to upload all our front end code to Azure blobs.

First Crack

The first version of a solution came from a colleague and looked as such . . .

This solution worked but for me it was a bit too . . . Non-Streaming?

Its performing a few different tasks here

  • uploading the files to azure
  • prefixing a version to the filenames of JS & CSS (/static/bazinga.js --> /static/<some-prefix>-bazinga.js)
  • insert appropriate <script> and <link> tags in the index.html

So for me it was a little too mixed in its concern so i decided to break it into seperate parts, also the files.forEach seems to be going aginst what streaming is about. So i gave a crack at refactoring this and came up with two new parts.

The versioning part

Gulp tasks work on an Object stream which will 'event' out new File objects. These can be manipulated and then passed back. So for this task I'm amending the chuck.path to insert the prefix at the right place.

The uploading part

The azure upload is the last part in our process so for just now i have made a writeable stream that does now return any more data (a destination) but this could be changed to be correctly streaming with little or no functional difference.

Lucily the azure module provides an upload function which accepts a stream also, so after making sure the container is avaliable, i can simply pipe the chunk directly to this function line#21

Amending index.html

This was just the use of htmlReplace() in a different section of the build file.

Final task

The final thing looks something like this

gulp.task('deploy', ['timestamp'], function(){
    'use strict';

    var container = 'dealer-' + (process.env.TRAVIS_BRANCH || 'local');

        .pipe(azureUpload({container: container}));


If you fancy simplifying up these fuctions in forked gists or want to send any thoughts you have as gist comments or tweets, im allways up for learning & disscussing.