Building Fable on Travis CI


Hi nojaf from the future, its you from the past. Today you created a build script for compiling Fable projects on Travis CI. Using a Docker image you maintain it is pretty easy to set up a Travis CI process. This blogpost is meant to capture what you knew then in case you sorta forgot.

The good part

Once you logged in to Travis, create a project by selecting a repository. Don’t worry you log in with your GitHub account and hit the add button. They know you are you and you get to choose a repository you have on GitHub.

If you did that then create a .travis.yml similar to

language: minimal

  - docker

sudo: required

  - docker pull nojaf/fable:2.3

    - stage: "CI"
      script: docker run -v "${PWD}:/app" -w "/app" nojaf/fable:2.3 bash -c "yarn && yarn postinstall && yarn build"

Watch out, yaml is indentation sensitive and one extra space you mess the whole file 🙃. Use in case of doubt.

In the file you just created, you basically download the Docker image, run some yarn or npm run command in it and compile F# to JavaScript.

The package json contains something like

  "scripts": {
    "start": "webpack-dev-server",
    "build": "webpack -p",
    "postinstall": "paket restore && paket generate-load-scripts -f netstandard2.0 -t fsx",
    "predeploy": "npm run build",
    "deploy": "gh-pages -d docs"

So the whole webpack thing is being triggered there.

The source

We both know the next time you’ll need this you are going to copy this anyway from some previous project. Check out to do so.

Final words

Plato once said no two trees are exactly alike, yet when we use the word tree people know what you mean. So yeah, think about that next time you can’t sleep. Take care man.

Yours truly,

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Florian Verdonck
Florian Verdonck

Florian Verdonck is web & .NET developer. He is passionate about clean code and is eager to learn new technologies.