Packaging a jQuery Plugin with Bower

Forest

The guide shows (whoever) how to pacakge a plugin (whatever) for Bower. It assumes that a jQuery Plugin exists and has been setup for jQuery Plugins (for a guide to setting up a plugin see: A Rubyist Guide to Creating jQuery Plugins).

Configuration

Bower is a package manger for CSS and JS (front end assets). It is extremly simple to integrate with an existing plugin. First install NPM and Bower:

brew install npm
npm install -g bower

Next add the following files to the project:

bower.json:

{
  "name": "gridly",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "main": [ "./javascripts/jquery.whatever.js","./stylesheets/jquery.whatever.css" ],
  "ignore":
  [
    "README*",
    "LICENSE*",
    "**/*.sass",
    "**/*.coffee",
    "**/sample.*",
    "**/rainbow.js",
    "**/rainbow.css",
    "**/jquery.js",
    "**/jquery.css",
    "samples",
    "spec",
    "bourbon",
    "neat",
    "packages",
    "images",
    "Cakefile*",
    "Rakefile*",
    "Gemfile*",
    ".git*",
    ".travis*",
    "*bower.json",
    "*jquery.json",
    "index*"
  ],
  "dependencies": { "jquery": "latest" }
}

Publishing

git add .
git commit -m " bower"
git push origin master
bower register gridly git://github.com/whoever/jquery-whatever.git