khaos

A super-simple way to generate directory or file templates.

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Khaos

A super-simple way to scaffold new projects.

Installation

$ npm install -g khaos

Usage

The quickest way to get started using Khaos is to create a new project from a template on GitHub, for example using the segmentio/khaos-node template...

$ khaos segmentio/khaos-node my-new-project

That will prompt you to fill in some placeholders...

            name: ware
           owner: segmentio
     description: Easily create your own middleware layer.

...and voilĂ ! Your new node.js project directory is made.

Local Usage

Khaos can also lookup local templates at ~/.khaos. Here's the same example from above, but locally...

$ mkdir ~/.khaos
$ git clone git://github.com/segmentio/khaos-node.git ~/.khaos/node

That clones Segment.io's node.js template as simply node, so then you can...

$ khaos node my-new-project

...and boom! Project created.

How does it work?

Khaos templates are just plain old directories where any file or filename can have handlebars placeholders. When you create a new project, Khaos will scan the template for placeholders and prompt you to fill in a value for each one.

For example, say you have a package.json in your template...

{
  "name": "{{ name }}",
  "repository": "{{ owner }}/{{ name }}",
  "description": "{{ description }}",
  "dependencies": {}
}

Khaos sees that and knows to prompt you for a name, owner and description when generating the template, like so...

            name: ware
           owner: segmentio
     description: Easily create your own middleware layer.

You can use handlebars conditional blocks too, so if you wanted to add an optional private flag...

{
  "name": "{{ name }}",
  {{#private}}
  "private": true,
  {{/private}}
  "repository": "{{ owner }}/{{ name }}",
  "description": "{{ description }}",
  "dependencies": {}
}

...and Khaos is smart enough to know that the private placeholder is a boolean when it prompts you...

            name: ware
         private: (y/n) y
           owner: segmentio
     description: Easily create your own middleware layer.

What's cool about all this is it makes creating new templates incredibly easy. Just copy an existing project and replace the filled-in values with placeholders... now you can automate more things!

Examples

To give you an idea for what's possible, check out a few examples:

Javascript API

In addition to using the simple CLI to create new projects, you can use Khaos straight from node.js in case you want to bake it into your own, more custom, scaffolding process. Checkout the logo creation CLI for an example of this in action.

new Khaos(src, dest)

Create a new Khaos instance with a src template directory, and that will output to a dest directory.

#run(callback)

Run the prompting and scaffolding process and then callback(err).

#use(plugin)

Use a custom plugin function. Khaos uses Metalsmith internally, so the plugin will be called just like a regular Metalsmith plugin would be, and all of the prompted answers are available as global metadata.

Thanks!

Thank you so much to Sorella for letting us use the khaos name on npm!

License

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright © 2013, Segment.io \friends@segment.io\

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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