Pro Tips

Some useful tips on utilizing Beemo like a pro!

Local Beemo Setup

Beemo requires an external Node module (the configuration module) to run correctly, but technically, it can be setup locally to not require an external module. This is perfect for large applications, monorepos, or for testing your configuration module itself!

In your package.json Beemo config, use @local instead of the name of your configuration module. This will use the current working directory (process.cwd()) instead of the Node module path.

"beemo": {
"module": "@local"

If your configuration module is using workspaces (monorepo), you can target the package name directly, assuming Yarn or Lerna have symlinked Node modules.

Ignoring Configuration

By default, Beemo generates local config files at runtime, all of which may constantly change based on outside variables. These changes will clutter your commit history, so let's ignore them all together!

Do so by adding file names to .gitignore (or another VCS) for each driver you have installed in your configuration module. Be sure config.cleanup is disabled in your beemo config (is false by default).

// .gitignore

With these changes, the local config files will persist after executing a driver, but will also be ignored in your VCS. Pretty nice huh?

Editor Integration

Some editors utilize the config files files for in-editor functionality (like ESLint and Prettier), but if these config files are ignored (tip above), then the editor experience would be sub-par until the user generated the files.

To work around this, we can define a prepare script to create all config files, which runs after every yarn install or npm install.

"scripts": {
"prepare": "beemo create-config --silent"

Glob Expansion

Most scripts require Bash filename expansion to glob multiple filesystem paths, but this isn't entirely efficient or accurate, as Bash only supports a subset of the RE specification, nor does it support wildcards like ** (recursive search).

To work around this limitation, Beemo implements its own version of filename expansion using the glob package. Simply wrap your command line argument in quotes to use it!

# Before
yarn beemo eslint ./packages/*/{src,tests}
# After
yarn beemo eslint "./packages/*/{src,tests}"

This approach has an additional benefit of not cluttering stdout.

Parallel Commands

Multiple commands for the same driver can be run in parallel by passing one or many // parallel operators. Each operator may include multiple arguments or options.

For example, if you'd like to run separate ESLint commands in different folders.

yarn beemo eslint --color // ./src --ext=.ts,.tsx // ./tests --report-unused-disable-directives
# Would run 2 commands in parallel
eslint --color ./src --ext=.ts,.tsx
eslint --color ./tests --report-unused-disable-directives

Parallel defined arguments are not accessible within the configuration file, as the file has already been created using the initially passed non-parallel arguments. However, depending on the driver, some argument may be available under process.beemo.context.args.

Custom Settings

Beemo supports custom project level configuration through the beemo.settings property. A property which accepts an object of any key-value pair. This property is not used by Beemo itself, so is free from any possible collisions.

"beemo": {
"module": "@<username>/dev-tools",
"settings": {
"whateverYouWant": "here",
"coolRight": true

These settings can then be access through the tool instance.

tool.config.settings.coolRight; // boolean

Custom Executable & Config Name

The Beemo command line executable can be renamed to offer a better and more immersive branding experience, especially when used at a large company. To start, create a new executable in your configuration module at bin/<name>.js (name must be camel-case), with the following contents (which simply runs Beemo's console).

#!/usr/bin/env node
process.env.BEEMO_CONFIG_MODULE = '@<custom-username>/dev-tools';
process.env.BEEMO_MANUAL_URL = 'http://custom/manual/url';

Be sure to reference your new executable in your configuration module's package.json.

"bin": {
"<name>": "./bin/<name>.js"

If BEEMO_CONFIG_MODULE is not defined in your custom binary, you'll need to manually define the module property in the consumer config.

"<custom-binary-name>": {
"module": "@<custom-username>/dev-tools"

Output Verbosity

Console output can be controlled with the --output option and a numerical value of 1 (compact), 2 (normal), and 3 (verbose). More information is logged the higher the range. To hide all output, use --silent instead.

CLI Themes

Beemo is built on Boost, a powerful dev tool framework, which provides the ability to theme the command line output (by changing important colors). To activate a theme, pass a --theme option with the name of the theme.

yarn beemo babel --theme=one-dark

View the list of available themes on the official Boost repo.