What is the App launcher?

Monterey is designed to be (user) extensible and that feature is facilitated by the App Launcher Monterey utility (we use the name “features” to reference utilities – see more about features here). You can find a lot more about App Launcher on this ¬†user manual page.

Here are a couple of screenshots illustrating App launcher user interface:

Image 1: How to integrate the console with Monterey

Aurelia Tools maintains the registry of all “user added features” as shown below (this view is rendered by a click on ‘Share this app launcher’ button on Image 1 above.

Image 2: registering your new ‘feature’ with Monterey features registry with the intent to share it with other users.

Do not like to read manuals?

If so, we provided an easier method that will keep you from getting lost. Check just this small section of the Monterey user manual for details – here are a couple of screenshots for enticement ūüôā

Image 1: First step into live help system, which provides the brief descriptions of the key user interface elements on Monterey’s main view
Image 2: Hovering the cursor above ‘App launcher’ tile results with a tooltip that provides the link into the relevant page of the Monterey user manual.

What can Monterey do?

This initial preview is very limited when compared with our plans for Monterey. It is also quite capable already, when used to replace the most likely Aurelia application development workflow which is based on the Sublime-like text editor, console and a browser, starting from skeleton-esnext template. As explained in the related README.md¬†document, you would start by creating the local copy of the that template and issue a series of commands in the console, invoking CLI tools like ‘npm’, jspm’ and ‘gulp’ and using tools like BrowserSync¬†invoked by Gulp scripts.

Monterey does this same job in a lot more user friendly way, via modern GUI as shown next using the skeleton-esnext template. These screenshots and their sequence should be self-explanatory. There are some added comments where that is not true.

Image 1: First page of the Monterey app creation wizard
Image 2: Second page of the Monterey app creation wizard
Image 3: Third page of the Monterey app creation wizard, presenting the project configuration FYI
Image 4:¬†Monterey shows its “understanding of the project structure by presenting this automatically created build in run workflow
Image 5: Task manager running stage (executing the ‘npm install’ task).
Image 6: Application building workflow reached the ‘gulp watch” task and Monterey presents the URL that will invoke the browser and render the app.
Image 7: Stopping the ‘gulp watch’ task using the Task manager

While the above 7 screenshots illustrate the full “create, build and run” cycle, this is a small fraction of Monterey’s abilities. We have built already some of the tools like NPM and JSPM manager, which can be used in many different scenarios (yet to be implemented, though)

Image 8: Monterey’s built in NPM package manager
Image 9: Monterey’s built in JSPM package manager

Subsequent versions will add more package managers and module loaders and the workflows needed to support tasks like

  • upgrade an Aurelia app to the next version of the Aurelia framework
  • convert an aurelia app from using JSPM loader to use Webpack loader
  • analyze compatibility of Aurelia framework modules version with third party modules.

All these projections of the future (see possible future plans for Monterey for more details) are just that – projections.

Did you like this article? Would you like to see any other ‚Äúbrief story‚ÄĚ about Monterey? Give us your feedback here¬†or in the comments form below.

First encounter

This post¬†shows how to build and run the Aurelia Contact Manager Tutorial¬†using Monterey as the development tool. The complete process is described with all details in the “Creating new application from Github” chapter of the Monterey user manual¬†– here we will just show the sequence of screenshots, with minimum comments.

Image 1: ¬†Create new application wizard – define template “type”
Image 2:  Create new application wizard Рdefine source code location
Image 3:  Create new application wizard Рdefine location for the new application folder
Image 4:  New project configuration summary
Image 5: ¬†Create new application wizard – generated project’s build and run workflow default
Image 6: ¬†Task manager screenshot showing the ‘au-run –watch’ task running
Image 7:  Contact manager running (started by a click on Start button on image 6)

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Monterey release notes 9-26-2016

This is the first alpha release, created to measure the interest for this tool in the Aurelia community domain.

Open issues

Introducing Monterey – Aurelia applications development tool

Today, we are ready to share a brand new approach to Aurelia applications development: instead of creating yet another IDE,¬†¬†Aurelia Tools team’s approach was to “integrate all development tools, including various IDEs, CLI tools, File managers, Developer’s editors, Module loader managers into a single top level “command center” application. We named this application Monterey, hoping that will instill the same bliss as a visit to Monterey’s Fisherman Wharf did so many time to one our our members (Adriatic). At the moment, this name is just a code name and you will be given the chance to chose the real, meaningful name.


A lot more abstract definition of Monterey is used in the README.md file from the Monterey GitHub repository:

Monterey is an extensible application that provides a graphical user interface for a collection of tools to simplify the creation, configuration and maintenance of Aurelia applications.

A few other relevant facts:

  • Monterey is written in Aurelia and “packaged” as Electron based desktop application
  • Monterey is available as the “alpha” preview as both Windows and OSX application – get it from here.
  • The Monterey User manual is quite informative, with lots of examples of how to use Monterey.
  • We had very little testing done on the Linux platform, so we would like to hear how you experience using Monterey on Linux

Very important: please stay in touch with Aurelia Tools team – as this tool can only be as good as the sum of all ideas we hope to get from the Aurelia Community. So, please respond to this survey below; as Monterey grows, we will be able to offer other, more specific surveys, allowing you to directly influence what will this tool be.

Installing Monterey
Monterey can be installed on three different platforms: Windows, Mac and Linux. These installers can be downloaded by clicking on the tiles below: