Dev environment setup

Silicon 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.
Gulp Official website
The JavaScript task runner. It helps with performing repetitive tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing, linting, etc. This is possible thanks to extensive Gulp Plugins library.
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. Silicon is built on Bootstrap and heavily depends on it. Silicon has all BS5 components + bunch of own plugins and components.

This section will explain how to setup professional Front-End development environment for fast and smooth Silicon 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 Silicon 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:

Installing packages necessary for Silicon development

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

Inside your command line tool type: npm install

This will start the process of installing all dependencies which are listed inside Silicon/package.json file. Wait until installation is finished and jump to the next section Working with Gulp.