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Bootswatch and Gulp as a Stepping Stone for Your Theme Switch Feature

This short blog posts shows you a way of combining bootswatch and gulp together to have an easily useable theme switching support for your web application.
2014-10-15 17:06
Tugberk Ugurlu

Bootswatch has awesome themes which are built on top of Bootstrap. To integrate those themes to your web application, you have a few options. One of them is to build the css file by combining bootstrap.less file with the less files provided by bootswatch. This is the way I chose to go with. However, what I actually wanted was a little bit more complex:

  • Install bootswatch with bower and have every theme available for me to use.
  • Compile each bootswtch theme to CSS.
  • Concatenate and minify each generated bootstrap file with my other CSS files and have separate single CSS file available for me for each theme.

With this way, switching between themes would be just as easy as changing the filename suffix. I achieved this with gulp and you can find the sample in my GitHub account: gulp-bootswatch-sample. To get the sample up and running, run the following commands in order:

// install bower globally if you don't have it already
npm install bower -g

// install gulp globally if you don't have it already
npm install gulp -g

// navigate to my sample projects root folder and run the following commands
npm install
bower install

// finally run gulp the tasks

Here is how my gulpfile.js file looks like:

var gulp = require('gulp'),
    minifycss = require('gulp-minify-css'),
    concat = require('gulp-concat'),
    less = require('gulp-less'),
    gulpif = require('gulp-if'),
    order = require('gulp-order'),
    gutil = require('gulp-util'),
    rename = require('gulp-rename'),
    foreach = require('gulp-foreach'),
    debug = require('gulp-debug'),
    path =require('path'),
    merge = require('merge-stream'),
    del = require('del');

gulp.task('default', ['clean'], function() {
    gulp.start('fonts', 'styles');

gulp.task('clean', function(cb) {
    del(['assets/css', 'assets/js', 'assets/less', 'assets/img', 'assets/fonts'], cb)

gulp.task('fonts', function() {
    var fileList = [
    return gulp.src(fileList)

gulp.task('styles', function() {
    var baseContent = '@import "bower_components/bootstrap/less/bootstrap.less";@import "bower_components/bootswatch/$theme$/variables.less";@import "bower_components/bootswatch/$theme$/bootswatch.less";@import "bower_components/bootstrap/less/utilities.less";';

    var isBootswatchFile = function(file) {
        var suffix = 'bootswatch.less';
        return file.path.indexOf(suffix, file.path.length - suffix.length) !== -1;
    var isBootstrapFile = function(file) {
        var suffix = 'bootstrap-',
            fileName = path.basename(file.path);
        return fileName.indexOf(suffix) == 0;
    var fileList = [
    return gulp.src(fileList)
        .pipe(gulpif(isBootswatchFile, foreach(function(stream, file) {
            var themeName = path.basename(path.dirname(file.path)),
                content = replaceAll(baseContent, '$theme$', themeName),
                file = string_src('bootstrap-' +  themeName + '.less', content);

            return file;
        .pipe(gulpif(isBootstrapFile, foreach(function(stream, file) {
            var fileName = path.basename(file.path),
                themeName = fileName.substring(fileName.indexOf('-') + 1, fileName.indexOf('.'));
            return merge(stream, gulp.src(['assets/css/font-awesome.css', 'assets/css/main.css']))
                .pipe(concat('style-' + themeName + ".css"))
                .pipe(rename({suffix: '.min'}))

function escapeRegExp(string) {
    return string.replace(/([.*+?^=!:${}()|\[\]\/\\])/g, "\\$1");

function replaceAll(string, find, replace) {
  return string.replace(new RegExp(escapeRegExp(find), 'g'), replace);

function string_src(filename, string) {
  var src = require('stream').Readable({ objectMode: true })
  src._read = function () {
    this.push(new gutil.File({ cwd: "", base: "", path: filename, contents: new Buffer(string) }))
  return src

End result :)


I wished I had something like this when I started doing this so I hope this was helpful to you somehow. Enjoy!

Building and Running Your ASP.NET vNext Application with Gulp

Wanna see ASP.NET vNext and Gulp working together? You are at the right place :) Let's have look at gulp-aspnet-k, a little plugin that I have created for ASP.NET vNext gulp integration.
2014-10-09 11:28
Tugberk Ugurlu

I love gulp! It has been only a few weeks since I started getting my hands dirty with gulp but it’s ridiculously simple and good. I am actually using gulp with one of my ASP.NET vNext applications to see how they fit together. I am compiling my less files, doing concatenation and minification for scripts/styles files with gulp. It’s also extremely comforting that gulp has file watch capability. For example, I can change my less files during the development and they are being recompiled as I save them:


As I am working with my ASP.NET vNext application in this project, I found myself jumping between command prompt windows. I imagined for a second that it would be cool to have a gulp plugin for ASP.NET vNext to build and run the application. It would also take advantage of k --watch so that it would restart the host when any code files are changed. Then, I started digging into it and finally, I managed to get gulp-aspnet-k (ASP.NET vNext Gulp Plugin) out :) gulp-aspnet-k is also available on npm and you can install it right from there. Check out the readme for further info about its usage.

This is an insanely simple plugin which wraps kpm and k commands for you. In its simplest form, its usage is as below:

var gulp = require('gulp'),
    aspnetk = require("gulp-aspnet-k");

gulp.task('default', function(cb) {
    return gulp.start('aspnet-run');

gulp.task('aspnet-run', aspnetk());

You can find a sample application that uses gulp-aspnet-k plugin in my ASP.NET vNext samples repository: GulpSample. It is also working with gulp watch in peace.


Be sure to watch the following short video of mine to see this tiny plugin in action.

ASP.NET vNext with Gulp from Tugberk Ugurlu on Vimeo.

Keep in mind that, currently, this only works on windows :s Also remember that little things matter in your daily life and this thing is one of them :)