I am building out a front-end web app with angular (mostly ui-router) and doing local development by serving the html files through node http-server. I have noticed that http-server isn't serving my static html files when I make updates, which is challenging to my local development.
I have http-server installed globally with
npm install http-server -g
the two ways that seem to work is changing the port number after each update or going through chrome incognito mode.
Your problem is client-side caching. Incognito mode has its own data directory, independent from your normal browsing.
Fortunately, http-server provides a way for you to set the cache control headers.
-cSet cache time (in seconds) for cache-control max-age header, e.g. -c10 for 10 seconds (defaults to '3600'). To disable caching, use -c-1.
It's listed in the documentation here: https://github.com/indexzero/http-server
You can read up on HTTP caching directives here: https://developers.google.com/web/fundamentals/performance/optimizing-content-efficiency/http-caching?hl=en