Los Angeles v0.3

Express Integration

The primary way of using Los Angeles is as an Express middleware and usually it will be used in combination with Express' static file server

// Load LosAngeles
const la  = require('@toptensoftware/losangeles');

// Work out public file root
var publicRoot = path.join(__dirname, 'public');

// Serve static files

// Serve Los Angeles .page files
    contentPath: publicRoot

Creating a View

In addition to the above you should also create a view file called "page".

For example, if you're using Handlebars as your view engine, you should create a view file called page.hbs similar to the following:



This will render the page using the title and body properties from the loaded .page file, followed by the usual Handlebars process of rendering the inner page using the outer layout.hbs file.

By default page's are rendered using a view called "page", but each page file can specify a different view file by including a page property in the page's front-matter. Similarly you can override the layout used by setting a layout property (well typically anyway - this depends on the view engine you're using).

For a great view engine to use with Los Angeles, check out Moe-js.

Creating Pages

Now that you've got all that setup, you can create pages in your public content folder and Los Angeles will automatically transform the markdown, render the view and the layout to produce the final page.

For example, create the following page as /public/test.page

title: My Test Page
# Welcome to Los Angeles

This is my test page

With your server project running visit http://localhost:3000/test to see your page.

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