Pepijn Pepijn - 8 months ago 30
Javascript Question

require('template.jade') in react-starter-kit

Can someone maybe explain me, how this build-time


They are requiring a
template, which package or configuration allows this, I seem unable to find it myself.

const template = require('./views/index.jade')

I think is much more elegant then:

import jade from 'jade'
const template = jade.compile('./views/index.jade')


As RGraham mentioned in his comment, the require call is being "intercepted" during webpack's compilation of the application bundle. This is done using "loaders" that define particular behaviour for imports of a particular type:

Loaders allow you to preprocess files as you require() or “load” them.

In this particular case, the loader that does this modification could be one of these (or another that I didn't find in my search):

Edit: looking at the project's own webpack configuration we can see it is the second link above:

  test: /\.jade$/,
  loader: 'jade-loader',