Sencha Cmd for scaffolding Sencha Touch / EXT MVC project

Posted on in Environment Sencha Touch

Sencha's commandline tools (Sencha CMD) previous known as Sencha SDK Tools are really great! With one line in your terminal you can generate your MVC boilerplate.
From scaffolding a new project, to minifying and deploying your application to production, Sencha Cmd provides a full set of lifecycle management features to compliment your Sencha project.

First start downloading the Sencha CMD:
Run the installer and remember the path where it's installed.

Let's start generating a MVC project for Sencha Touch. (You can use the same instructions for an EXT JS4 project btw, use the EXT library instead):

  1. Now open your terminal on Mac OSX (or Run > CMD on Windows).
  2. Test with the command: sencha if Sencha CMD is correctly installed.
    It should prompt you all the Sencha options & commands.
  3. Incase you don't see anything, you need to make sure sencha is added to the classpath.
    (On Mac OSX you can change this by opening, .bash_profile in your user folder. (hidden file). Add the following line: export PATH=/Users/username/bin/Sencha/Cmd/$PATH)

(Incase you don't have Sencha Touch yet, download it here and extract it in your project directory.)
4. Create a project folder. (for example MyApp)
5. Now let's start:
A. You have to be in the folder where Sencha Touch 2 is extracted.
B. Type the following command sencha generate app MyApp [path]
C. The MyApp name will be the name of your app, (note: this will be the App namespace later)

The command could look like this:

MyMacBookPro:touch2 lee$ sencha generate app MyApp XAMPP/htdocs/

Great, so now that you have a project, let's generate a model:
Specify the model name, and all the fields.

sencha generate model -name MyModel -fields fName,lName

Generate a form:

sencha generate form -fields [comma delimited list of fields] -name formName 

As you can see, you can almost generate everything.
To see an overview of what else you can generate type the following command:

sencha help generate