How to create scaffolds using ExpressJS
By Simon Collins, BBC News correspondentLondon, ScotlandA new way to build scaffolds is coming to the UK from Edinburgh.
In a new paper, the UK’s first online scaffolding platform, called scaffoldexpress, has been launched.
It lets you build scaffold expressions in a matter of minutes using Express.
It’s not the first time scaffoldExpress has been used in the UK.
But it’s a new project, with a focus on building web apps for mobile.
This language allows for modularity and expressiveness,” explains Paul McGovern, the project’s lead developer and a project manager at Edinburgh’s University of Edinburgh.”
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For the first part of this article, I’ll be using scaffold for a couple of projects, so I’ll use the same scaffold code for both.
In the first, I’m going to build a scaffold expression to build the website for a local project, and for the second, I want to build an app to be able to send an email to the same address.
ScaffoldExpress uses the same syntax for all its expressions, so it can be used for building any of the existing web development tools, such as Django, JQuery, React or AngularJS.
“It’s really easy to learn,” says McGovern.
“ScaffolderExpress is a fully open-source toolkit and is built to be fast and flexible,” says Alex Farrar, an architect at the University of Dundee, UK, who has built a number of online projects.
“With scaffold you can use any of these frameworks to build websites.”
For this article we’re building a small web app for a business in Edinburgh called Baili’s Shoes.
I’m going in and writing a single line of code to create the HTML page that shows the message.
“Then I’m using scaffolder to build that page with Express and to send the email to my client.”
You can use scaffold as a framework to build your own projects, and you can even build apps that run on other platforms.
“If you want to start building web applications, scaffolds are a great way to start.”
The scaffold platform has already been used by companies including BailI’s Shoes, which has a global presence, and by a group of UK universities, including Edinburgh’s.
“We are currently working on a project to build web applications that are interoperable with other platforms using scaffolds, including Django and JQuery,” says the University’s McGovern.
“As a platform for building apps on the web, scaffoldingexpress is a great fit for the UK, because scaffold supports most popular web development frameworks.”
A number of the frameworks out there have been used for some time, but scaffold has been the first to take the browser to the next level, which is to allow you to write code that runs on any operating system and on any browser,” he says.”
It’s a really exciting time to be working in the web development space.””
It is an open-sourced project and we are working with many developers around the world to help it grow.
“Hopefully scaffold will provide a platform where people can start building applications quickly and easily.”
To get started, visit scaffold.me.
To read more about building web projects with scaffold see our blog post here.
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