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Welcome to Vue CLI (From Vue.js Plugins and Copywriting)

Hey there! 👋 Welcome to our session on Vue CLI, the official command-line interface for Vue.js. In this session, we'll dive into the world of Vue CLI, exploring its features and how it can enhance your Vue.js development workflow.

What is Vue CLI?

Vue CLI is a powerful tool that helps you quickly and effortlessly create, manage, and build Vue.js applications. It simplifies the setup process, automates repetitive tasks, and provides a consistent development experience across different projects.

Why use Vue CLI?

There are several reasons why you should consider using Vue CLI for your Vue.js projects:

  • Simplified Project Setup: Vue CLI automates the initial project setup, saving you time and ensuring a consistent project structure.
  • Command-line Interface: It provides a command-line interface that streamlines common development tasks, such as creating projects, adding new features, and running tests.
  • Scaffolding for Best Practices: Vue CLI enforces best practices and provides scaffolding for common project structures, ensuring your code is organized and maintainable.
  • Plugin System: It supports a wide range of plugins that allow you to extend its functionality and customize your development workflow.

Benefits of Vue CLI

Using Vue CLI offers numerous benefits to your Vue.js development process:

  • Improved Productivity: It automates repetitive tasks, allowing you to focus on writing code and building features.
  • Consistent Development Experience: Vue CLI ensures a consistent development experience across different projects, reducing the need for manual configuration.
  • Faster Development: The command-line interface and scaffolding features accelerate development, allowing you to create and build projects more quickly.
  • Enhanced Code Quality: Vue CLI encourages the use of best practices and provides linting tools to help you write clean and maintainable code.

Getting Started with Vue CLI

To get started with Vue CLI, you'll need to install it globally using npm:

npm install -g @vue/cli

Once installed, you can create a new Vue project using the vue create command:

vue create my-project

Creating a New Vue Project

When you create a new Vue project using Vue CLI, it will ask you a series of questions to configure your project, including:

  • Project name: The name of your Vue project.
  • Project type: Choose between a default Vue project or a project with additional features like Vuex, Vue Router, or TypeScript.
  • Package manager: Select either npm or yarn as your package manager.
  • CSS pre-processor: Choose between CSS, Sass, or Less as your CSS pre-processor.
  • Unit testing framework: Select between Jest or Mocha as your unit testing framework.

Importing Vue CLI in Existing Projects

You can also import Vue CLI into existing Vue projects to take advantage of its features. To do this, run the following command in your project directory:

vue add @vue/cli-plugin-eslint

This will install the Vue CLI plugin for ESLint, which will help you enforce code style and best practices in your project.

Vue CLI Commands

Vue CLI provides a wide range of commands to help you manage and build your Vue projects. Some of the most common commands include:

  • vue create: Creates a new Vue project.
  • vue add: Adds new features or plugins to an existing project.
  • vue serve: Runs a development server for your project.
  • vue build: Builds your project for production.
  • vue test: Runs unit tests for your project.
  • vue init: Scaffolds a new project using a pre-defined template.

vue create

The vue create command is used to create a new Vue project. It provides a series of prompts to help you configure your project, including project name, project type, package manager, CSS pre-processor, and unit testing framework.

vue create my-project

vue add

The vue add command allows you to add new features or plugins to an existing Vue project. For example, to add the Vuex state management library, you would run the following command:

vue add vuex

This will install the Vuex library and add the necessary configuration to your project.

vue serve

The vue serve command runs a development server for your Vue project. This allows you to preview your application in the browser and make changes to your code without having to recompile your project.

vue serve

vue build

The vue build command builds your Vue project for production. This will generate a production-ready version of your application that can be deployed to a hosting provider.

vue build

vue test

The vue test command runs unit tests for your Vue project. This allows you to verify that your code is working as expected.

vue test

vue init

The vue init command scaffolds a new project using a pre-defined template. This can be useful for quickly setting up a project with a specific set of features or configurations.

vue init webpack my-project

Next Up: Nuxt.js

In our next session, we'll explore Nuxt.js, a Vue.js-based framework that simplifies the development of server-rendered Vue applications. Follow us to learn more and unlock the power of server-side rendering with Nuxt.js!