I am curious about whether or not, and how, it would be possible to completely separate a sailsJS app from the View Layer. That is to not manage templates, views, client-side JS, and assets in a way that's coupled with what is just meant as a RESTful API in my case. I want to try and deploy two separate repositories that do not need to know how the other works that interact with each other by requests.
I know about the
sails new <apiName> --no-frontend
<input type='hidden' name='_csrf' value='<%= _csrf %>'>
You can just scrap everything that has to do with the front-end (
--no-frontend is a good start). The
csrf hook and
GET /csrfToken are still there if you don't generate a front-end, but sails will require a
_csrf parameter whenever you
PUT, et cetera, if the CSRF hook is enabled.
Within your sails app, whenever you handle a route, you do not have to return
res.render(); you can return
res.json() or anything of that ilk.
For example, we use gulp to manage our assets separately from sails; such that sails only handles API requests, not static files or rendering.