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Play Framework essentials

By : Julien Richard-Foy
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Play Framework essentials

By: Julien Richard-Foy

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Play Framework Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Managing assets from the build system

The previous sections showed how your Play application can serve static files such as JavaScript or CSS files. However, many people prefer not to write JavaScript or CSS code directly. Rather, they generate it from higher-level languages such as CoffeeScript and Less. Furthermore, you might want to minify and gzip these files as they don't need to be read by humans anymore when they are executed by web browsers and compressing them can save some bandwidth.

The build system of your Play application can manage such processing steps for you and make the produced assets available to your application as if they were static files in the public/ directory. This work is achieved by an sbt plugin family named sbt-web, which Play already depends on.


You can find more information about sbt-web from

The sbt-web plugin defines a dedicated configuration scope named Assets (or web-assets from within the sbt shell) to configure the managed...