Projects

To access your Projects, click on the Projects menu item from the Navigation Menu on the left. If you are familiar with Git than you can think of projects just like a repository. If you have already created some projects, you will see them listed in the Navigation Panel immediately to the right.

Projects screen

If you haven't setup GitHub Configuration, go do that now before continuing.

New Project

Frontend Creator uses a new project wizard to help you quickly setup a new project. You can create your first project by following the New Project steps.

Load Existing Projects

Frontend Creator uses a dialog to display all of your repositories on GitHub. You can load you an existing project by following the Load Existing Project steps.

Project Preview

Once a project has been either created or loaded, it is possible to preview your changes using either eye icon or the play icon from the Navigation Panel.

You will need to configure your project in GitHub to allow for GitHub Pages. If you would like this to be automatic, please email support@frontendcreator.com so that we can request it to be added on GitHub's internal feature request list.

If you try to preview a project that has not been setup to use GitHub Pages, you will see the following:

Projects screen

Once you have GitHub Pages setup for your repository, you should see the following

Projects screen

Click on the eye icon again to Preview your project horizontally

Projects screen

Click on the play icon to launch your application in a separate browser tab

Projects screen

When working with Projects, there are several buttons that you will use.

Projects screen

  • Load - this launches the Open Project dialog
  • New - this launches the New Project dialog
  • Save - this will only appear when a file has changes
  • Toggle Preview - this toggles the inline preview
  • Launch Preview - this launches a preview in a separate browser tab
  • Toggle Expand - this toggles the expansion of the tree

If the splitter is too small, you are able to scroll the buttons to the left or right.

When you are working with HTML files and decide to use the Designer tab, the Navigation Panel buttons change.

Projects screen

As you can see, we have the same buttons as before but we now have a few more.

  • Toolbox (wrench) - this will display standard HTML elements for dragging on to the designer surface
  • Custom Elements (code) - this will display custom elements available for dragging on to the designer surface
  • Bootstrap (flag) - this will display Bootstrap 3 elements for dragging on to the designer surface
  • Entities (database) - this will display Entities that have been define for quickly adding Forms or Tables
  • Toggle DOM Tree (sitemap) - this will toggle the display of the DOM tree

The same links that you use to preview your project can be shared with your clients. When you launch the preview in a separate tab, you can copy the link and share it. Using this link requires no authentication from FrontEnd Creator. This is because you have already configured your repository to have GitHub Pages enabled.

This makes for an excellent workflow where you can share these links with clients and show work in progress.

Project Context Menu

The project tree context menu contains the following items:

Projects screen

Unload Project

This allows you to remove the project from the tree but not delete the repository from source control. You will receive a confirmation dialog verifying your decision prior to unloading the project.

Clone Project

This allows you to clone the existing project providing a new name.

Delete Project

This allows you to delete the repository from source control. It also removes the project from the tree. You will receive a confirmation dialog verifying your decision prior to deleting the repository.

Add View/ViewModel Files

This menu item is currently only visible if your repository has a named topic, aurelia. More custom menu items will appear as we expand our support for better contextual user experiences.

When you select this option, a text input will appear at the bottom of the screen where you can name the view and view model. Don't provide an extension as the system will do that for you.

Projects screen

Hit the Submit button to complete creating the view and view model.

Projects screen

The system will create the view and view model files and load them into the tabs as shown below. You will also see a toast message stating successful creation of the files.

Projects screen

Make any changes you want to both of them and then save your changes by pressing Cmd|Ctrl + S while in the editor.

You will be prompted with providing a comment for the commit.

Projects screen

Click the Submit button to commit your changes back to the repository. You will see that your tabs will update from showing a dirty status to unchanged. You will also see several toast messages echoing the status of the commit.

Projects screen

Manage Topics

It is possible to assign topics to your repositories in GitHub. This extra metadata provides Frontend Creator with the ability to dynamically respond to differing types of projects based on what topics have been assigned to each corresponding repository.

When you are on GitHub.com, you can assign topics to any of your repositories.

Projects screen

You can seee that you have the option to Manage topics right under the description of your repository.

You have this same ability within Frontend Creator. Simply click on the Manage Topics from the context menu item and you will be presented with the following dialog:

Projects screen

You will see all the topics currently set for your repository. Add or remove any you wish.

Export

This gives you the ability to export the selected project to your local drive as a zip file. This can be memory intensive for larger projects.

Project Folder Context Menu

When you right-click on any folder under a project, the context menu contains the following items:

Projects screen

Add View/ViewModel Files

This menu item is currently only visible if your repository has a named topic, aurelia. More custom menu items will appear as we expand our support for better contextual user experiences.

When you select this option, a text input will appear at the bottom of the screen where you can name the view and view model. Don't provide an extension as the system will do that for you.

Projects screen

Hit the Submit button to complete creating the view and view model.

Projects screen

The system will create the view and view model files and load them into the tabs as shown below. You will also see a toast message stating successful creation of the files.

Projects screen

Make any changes you want to both of them and then save your changes by pressing Cmd|Ctrl + S while in the editor.

You will be prompted with providing a comment for the commit.

Projects screen

Click the Submit button to commit your changes back to the repository. You will see that your tabs will update from showing a dirty status to unchanged. You will also see several toast messages echoing the status of the commit.

Projects screen

Delete

This allows you to delete the currently selected tree item. You will receive a confirmation dialog verifying your decision prior to deleting the repository.

Copy

This allows you to clone the currently selected tree item.

Project File Context Menu

When you right-click on any folder under a project, the context menu contains the following items:

Projects screen

Delete

This allows you to delete the currently selected tree item. You will receive a confirmation dialog verifying your decision prior to deleting the repository.

Copy

This allows you to clone the currently selected tree item.

Upload files

It is possible to upload files after you have created your project by simply dragging and dropping files from your desktop onto the Projects area. Refer to Upload Files document for detailed steps on how to do it.

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