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Into The Box Notes: Thinking Modularly - Brad Wood

what’s a package?
1. a folder
2. box.json file
3. some code

doesn’t have to be a full blown app.
could be a single UDF, an entire CMS, something in between, etc.

what’s a module?
a super set of what a package is
a package w/ additional conventional lifecycle methods defined by ModuleConfig.cfc

an Ortus convention
an advantage over Node.js
Node modules just sit in a folder
box modules have a lifecycle and can DO things.
simply by existing in the /modules folder

installing packages / modules —
local file/folder
jars —
all the Ortus packages
other packages from people in the community
don’t have to log in
free and easy to use
if you want to publish, you’ll need a login, but it’s free

categories for various types of packages

ForgeBox also has a REST API

to make an account from Commandbox on ForgeBox:
box forgebox register

forgebox login — logs you in
stores an api key internally in CommandBox
doesn’t send your password, sends an API key that can be revoked/generated
so it knows which things you have access to

package list —
lists dependencies in that package

CommandBox can install packages from anywhere, not just ForgeBox
as long you have an accessible url, you’re good
make a zip, put the code and box.json inside it, that’s all you need to do.

on ForegeBox
other fun stuff too

Package Dependencies —

packages can depend on other packages
promotes reusability

only required for hacking on the project, not for running it in production

install testbox —saveDev

if you forget to do the —saveDev:
just do “uninstall textbox” then redo “install testbox —saveDev”

Let’s create a package!
package init
init —wizard

CommandBox manages the /modules folder
YOU manage the /modules_app folder

Use semantic versioning to note when you change things in your package


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