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Dec 14, 2012

Author: Hirvesh Posted At: 12/14/2012 Tags: , , , , , ,

Roots - A Toolbox For Building Simple, Beautiful, And Efficient Products For The Web


Roots is a toolbox for building simple, beautiful, and efficient products for the web. Roots is a toolkit built on best practices for advanced front-end web development.

It has a very large number of features, which I’ll attempt to list below. Roots comes in the form of a static site build tool by default, but also includes templates and plugins for express.js and rails. Plugins for RailwayJS and Sinatra are also in the works.


  • Extremely simple installation.
  • Clean and minimal default project template.
  • Jade, Stylus, and CoffeeScript default stack.
  • Super fast live reload implementation.
  • Compile errors displayed as a flash message, doesn’t break workflow.
  • Layouts and partials fully supported.
  • CoffeeScript and markdown can be written directly in views.
  • Extremely robust, modular, and powerful CSS helper library built in.
  • Global variables and functions (view helpers).
  • Clean and intuitive app settings file.
  • Single command deploy to Heroku.
  • Intelligently minifies HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on deploy.
  • Efficient client-side js management through bower and Require.js.
  • Easy to extend with a simple and well-documented plugin interface.

Requirements: None
License: MIT License

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