Cross Platform Node.js Apps
Node.js projects are very much cross-platform, allowing your team to use any operating system they want to work on them. Well, yes, to a large degree they are; but as always, there are some caveats that can bring some headaches if you have Windows developers in your team.
When using environment variables like
NODE_ENV in your
npm scripts in Windows, the Git Bash command line interpreter in Windows complains that said
NODE_ENV variable (or any other) “is not a command”. To avoid this problem, use cross-env in the application:
npm install cross-env —save-dev
Now you can use the
cross-env command before any environment variable you need for your
npm scripts, and all operating systems will be happy.
Use rimraf. Do not hardcode
rm -rf in your
npm script, because that command won’t work on Windows.
npm install rimraf —save-dev
This is particularly useful for your
npm run clean command.