Setting Up a Project

You'll need to do the steps in this section each time you set up a new project. We'll use a simple folder structure for your project, but you can use a different one if you prefer. We'll set this up in the directions that follow.

Given that, here's what to do. You will need to be connected to the Internet.

  1. Create a new folder for your project. In these examples, we'll call it my-project.
  2. Open a terminal window and go to this new folder with the cd command.
    1. On Windows, the easiest thing to do is to copy the address of your folder from the address bar of an Explorer window, and place quotation marks around it. The resulting command should look something like cd "C:\Users\You\Documents\my-project".
    2. On OS X, try typing cd with a space after it, then drag your project folder onto your terminal window. The resulting command should look like cd /Users/You/Documents/my-project.
    3. On Linux, the easiest way to get there varies by your distribution.
  3. Type npm init -y and press the Enter key. npm will create a file for you called package.json that we'll talk about in a second.
    1. After this step, npm will print out exactly what it writes to package.json. This will include a line that says "scripts": { "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1" }. Although it says “error,” no error has occurred – this text is just a placeholder npm inserts into package.json.
  4. Type npm install --save grunt load-grunt-tasks grunt-entwine and press Enter. npm will think for a moment, then install Grunt and Entwine for you.
    1. npm will probably print out things like npm WARN package.json @1.0.0 No description, npm WARN package.json @1.0.0 No repository field, and npm WARN package.json @1.0.0 No README data whenever you ask it to install packages. You can ignore these. There are some extra files, like a README, that npm suggests you create, but they aren't necessary for using npm.
  5. Create a folder named src inside the project folder. We don't need to create build or dist, but it doesn't hurt. Grunt will eventually create them for us as needed.
    1. You can do this from the terminal window by typing mkdir src and pressing Enter, or just create the folder the way you normally would.

If everything went correctly, you'll have three things in your project folder: