I've set up a jenkins CI server on a windows box for one of my projects. There is a portion of it written in Coffeescript. Previously this part wasn't looped into the build process. Now It needs to be.
I haven't seen any coffeescript plugins for jenkins, or much from google on the topic of building coffeescript in jenkins.
I am looking for the simplest way to set up a jenkins build to include a coffee compilation step. Preferably through plugins on jenkins rather then manually installing programs on the box.
Currently the coffeescript is compiled via commands like so
coffee --lint --watch --output "C:\repositories\martha\trunk\bb\app\bin\js/" --compile "C:/repositories/martha/trunk/bb/app/src/"
in the Node.js command prompt on developing boxes
I've also noticed that Jenkins has a node.js plugin where you are capable of running scripts in a build step. I don't believe I can use the commands
npm install -g coffee-script or
coffee --compile through node.js scripts rather then the command line. Though I hope I am wrong.
Currently the best option I see is to install node.js on the box, use npm to install coffee script, and then run batch scripts as a build step. Though I am willing to pursue this, I would like less manual installation on the box, to ease the use of coffee-script in more projects.
Is this my best option?
Worth saying though I use node.js to compile coffee-script, node.js itself, and its capabilities, are very new to me.
One possible solution is to run the compiler with the script provided in
extras/coffee-script.js. You have to use JDK 7 or the latest Rhino (JDK 6 will not work). Here is a link to a simple CoffeeScript compiler in Java
This recipe can be found in it's original form on Stack Over Flow.