tl;dr - I’m confused about 'best practices in regards to ES6, npm, webpack, web hosting. Any guidance, advice or links to up to date learning are much appreciated.
I’m about to start a new project and i’m really eager to do this ‘properly’ - i’m here to find out what that is and clear up some things that are confusing me.
Most of these things relate to my reading this: https://threejs.org/docs/#manual/en/introduction/Import-via-modules
If I use npm to start my project, let’s say i’m starting from scratch and have npm init inside my test folder, I ‘npm install three --save’. I think I understand that If i’m hosting on a server with a node environment, i can then npm install to ‘install’ the project and it’s dependencies on said server (is this correct?). What happens if i’m just using traditional website hosting - do i just copy the node_modules folder over along with all the usual suspects? - this makes me wonder why/if I should be using npm for smaller projects.
If i use ES6 syntax - should i also use Babel to allow it to revert back to ES5 if needed for older browsers? Should I choose to try and use ES6? I haven’t used Babel or ES6 before.
I saw a post here recently that said something like - using things like webpack or browserify were no longer recommended - it had something to do with the adoption of ES6 and removal of the three.js examples in upcoming versions of three. However webpack/browserify are the first two examples used in the three docs when it talks about npm - which also references the examples.
I apologise if this is a bit of a mess. I’m really looking for guidance - even it’s a pointer to somewhere I can find up to date information about things you think i’m getting confused about.
Also - if anyone knows of an up to date boilerplate / example project that shows best practice use of any of these things that would also be appreciated. I got this boilerplate running on my machine - but the client/server and typescript elements of it scare me.
The easiest thing for me to do now, would be download a master copy of three and repeat what I did last time - this doesn’t feel like the correct option.
Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read and/or respond to this. I really love this community and this tool. I’m hoping this uncomfortably naive set of questions will allow me to learn this all a bit quicker.