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Dev environment setup

Around is built using modern development toolset.

Node.js Official website
Is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient. Node.js' package ecosystem, npm, is the largest ecosystem of open source libraries in the world.
Npm Official website
The default package manager for the JavaScript runtime environment Node.js. Besides package managemnt capabilities it also offers a powerful feature called "Npm scripts". Scripts help with performing repetitive tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing, linting, etc. The Silicon build system consists of a variety of JavaScript files, each performing specific tasks, and associated Npm scripts that execute these files.
Sass (Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets) Official website
Sass is a scripting language that is interpreted or compiled into Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). It is the most mature, stable, and powerful professional grade CSS extension language in the world. Sass gives you the power of variables, mixins, functions, etc.
Bootstrap Official website
Latest version of the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework in the world. In addition to the core BS5 components, Around incorporates a diverse collection of its own plugins and components.

This section will explain how to setup professional Front-End development environment for fast and smooth Around customization using these technologies.

Text Editor and Terminal (Command Line)

You can use any text editor at your disposal and available Command line tool (Command Prompt for Windows or Terminal on MacOS). Our personal preference is Visual Studio Code. It is free, has great buil-in terminal (console), built-in git client, debugging, huge extensions library and available for MacOS, Windows, Linux.

Installing Node.js and npm

In order to be able to setup Around development environment you will need to install Node.js and its Package Manager (npm).

Node.js is absolutely free and available for download via its official website for MacOS, Windows, Linux systems. Download Node.js and npm here.

Learn more about Node Package Manager and available packages here: https://www.npmjs.com

Installing packages necessary for Around development

When Node.js and npm is installed you are ready to install all dependencies necessary for Around development.

Inside your command line tool type:npm install

This will start the process of installing all dependencies which are listed inside Around/package.json file. Wait until installation is finished and jump to the next section Npm commands (scripts).