Tools

Node

The first thing that you need to work with our FrontEnd area, is to install nodejs. You can download from https://nodejs.org/.

Node.js® is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine. For this reason, you need to get it, because each project needs nodejs to run.

For our purpose, you require at least version Node.js 8.x.

Npm vs Yarn

When you install Nodejs, you will get the package manager npm used it to obtain the packages that a project needs.

NPM works but it slow. To solve this problem, Facebook people created an improved version to get packages called Yarn. You can use the npm manager or the `Yarn manager. At the end of the day you can get your packages.

To get the yarn package, after install node you need to run this command:

npm install yarn -g

Also, if you have Chocolatey installed in your Windows PC, you can run:

choco install yarn

You third option, is download the .msi file from here.

Git

All our repositories are host in Team Foundation Server. If you want to get some repository, you will have to do it through git.

You can install git from their website https://git-scm.com/downloads.

GUI Clients

After install git, maybe you do not feel comfortable using git from the console. If it is your case, do not worry! Since there are applications that simplify the use of git through graphical interface. We usually use two applications for git.

SourceTree

Sourcetree works on Windows and MAC. You can download it from the website https://www.sourcetreeapp.com/.

It's important remember the cost of this software. it's Free! under a proprietary license. Sourcetree is simple to use. you can do every from this application.

TortoiseGit

TortoiseGit is a windows shell interface to git, and you can download from their website https://www.sourcetreeapp.com/.

One of the best features that TortoiseGit offers, is that provides overlay icons showing the file status, a powerful context menu for Git and much more! You can access to the most common actions with a few clicks.

Visual Studio Code

Right now, there are a lot of editor in the market, but perhaps the most comfortable in recent times has been Visual Studio Code. You can practically do everything with Visual studio Code, from writing a few lines of code, going through manager git, to creating documentation or UML diagrams. Visual Studio Code has been our tool selected for our day to day in the FrontEnd team.And a large part of that decision is that it is lightweight and has a large number of plugins to make the development process as agile as possible.

You can download from their website https://code.visualstudio.com/

Extensions

You can install extensions from the visual studio code application.

  1. Open your VSCode and press Ctrl + Shift + X.

  2. search the extensions.

  3. Click on Install button.

Some extensions require more setup. Consult the extension documentation for next steps.

Example install extension

tslint extension

This extension requires that the tslint and typescript modules are installed either locally or globally. This extension checks some code rules to write code. visual studio will show the errors thanks to this extensions.

Each project has a file called tslint.json that contains all the rules to check. After install the extensions and get tslint and typescript module (through yarn or npm), you just need open the folder with VSCode where the tslint.json is.

read more:visual studio tslint

sonarLint

This extensions is similar to tslint. Check some rules against the code the we write. The difference is that you can connect with our SonarQube server, that contains the rules definition.

After install the extension, you need to setup visual studio. Visual studio Code has two scopes for settings. The User Settings and the Workspace settings that you can open with Ctrl + ,. The User settings are global and use for all the extensions and the program itself. The Workspace settings are only for you current folder. When you modify the workspace settings a folder is created called .vscode and it will contains your custom settings for the current folder.

For the sonarLint, we must setup the two settings. In the User settings we need to add the path for the JAVA/jre ( you need to install java runtime environment if you do not have it yet) and the serverId, ServerURland token like you can see in the next image:

In the workspace settings you need to configure depending on which repository you are working on. For example, if you are working on WebMAPComponents you should configure your ServerId, ProjectKey and token:

Each project could has the same setup, you just need to change the corresponding projectKey to use the correct rules.

read more: visual studio sonarLint