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Spring Boot Bower Plugin

Applying a plugin to a project allows the plugin to extend the project’s capabilities. In this example I will apply Bower plugin to a Spring Boot project. Bower is a package manager for the web specifically HTML, Javascript libraries, CSS fonts even image files. Look here for more information: Bower

In order to add bower plugin, we need to modify the build.gradle file adding this lines:

plugins {
  id 'com.craigburke.bower-installer' version '2.5.1'
}

You can find more information about bower plugin here

The plugin adds the bowerInstall task to your build, so this task install all bower dependencies that you have set in your build.gradle. In this example I will add the Bootstrap dependency. Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web. Look here for more information: Boostrap

bower {
  installBase = 'src/main/resources/static/assets/third-party'
  'bootstrap'('3.3.7'){
    source '**'
  }
}

Finally we are going to specify bootRun task that depends on bowerInstall task. That’s it, before gradle executes our project will download all bower dependencies to our project in the src/main/resources/static/assets/third-party path

bootRun.dependsOn rootProject.tasks['bowerInstall']

To download the project

git clone https://github.com/josdem/vetlog-spring-boot.git
git fetch
git checkout feature/bower-plugin

To run the project:

gradle bootRun

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