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    Coline - JavaScript Command Line Interface

    Slim and reusable framework to define command line applications with a top-level interface and several question-answer dialogs.


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    • Start the demo application with npm demo
    • Execute tests with npm test


    The framework is extensively documented, here is the nutshell:

    1. You create a InterfaceObject that represent the top-level commands that users invoke.
    2. These commands can be simple one-of functions, or complex dialogs called ContextObject
    3. ContextObject are dialogs with multiple questions, pattern-matching rules for answers, and additional validation rules. You can return to previous questions, or stop the dialog all together
    4. Questions and answers are collected in a Map, once complete you invoke persist in the ContextObject and define how the InterfaceObject handles the newly created object.

    The backend class CommandLineInterpreter start the application, reading from the defined inputStream and writing to the configured outputStream as well as the logStream (defaults to stdin, stdout and a JSON file). Input is processed by the class CommandHandler, an EventEmitter that automatically provides event bindings for all commands of the InterfaceObject.


    A dialog to ask the user about creating a lunch event.

          key: 'title',
          question: () => { return 'What is the name of the event? (Any signs)' },
          accept: /.*/,
          return: /Back/
          key: 'date',
          question: () => { return "When is the event going to happen? (YYYY-MM-DD / 'Back')" },
          accept: /\d{4}-\d{2}-\d{2}/,
          return: /Back/,
          validation: () => {  }
          key: 'participants',
          question: () => { return "Who is participating? (Any signs, separated by comma / 'Back')" },
          accept: /.*/,
          return: /Back/
          key: 'confirmCreation',
          question: () => {
            return `Do you want to create this event? ('Yes' / 'Back')\r\n` +
            `-- TITLE  : ${self.answers.get('title')}\r\n` +
            `-- DATE   : ${self.answers.get('date')}\r\n` +
            `-- PEOPLE : ${self.answers.get('participants')}\r\n`
          accept: /Yes/,
          return: /Back/

    The interface object from which lunch events are created, modified and scheduled.

            key: 'C',
            message: '(C) Create new event',
            contextObject: LunchEventCreation
            key: 'S',
            message: "(S) Schedule an event",
            contextObject: LunchEventScheduling,
            contextArgs: [lunchEvents],
            verify: () => lunchEvents.length != 0,
            verifyFailureMessage: "No LunchEvents are registered, please create events first!"
            key: 'R',
            message: '(R) Show all events',
            command: () => {
                let i = 1
                for (let event of lunchEvents) {
                 self.writeCallback('result', 'Event #' + i++ + '\r\n' + event.print())

    Mystery Lunch

    What is this about? In a mystery lunch, people are randomly assigned to groups, they go out and eat together.

    When starting the application, invoke Load to load test data. Then:

    • (C ) Create new event
    • (S ) Schedule an event
    • (R ) Show all events
    • (U ) Update an event
    • (D ) Delete an Event
    • (I ) Show this interface
    • (Save ) Save all events to a file
    • (Load ) Load events from a file

    Each command starts a dialog that will ask you a set of question. The questions telly you what to do and explains the expected answer format. Inside a dialog, you can always invoke Stop to exit back to the main menu. If you invoke Exit in the interface, the application closes.

    Here is an example session:

    2018-11-27T11:25:54.905Z Mystery Lunch Planner
    $> Welcome to managing lunch events. What do you want to do?
    (C) Create new event
    (S) Schedule an event
    (R) Show all events
    (U) Update an event
    (D) Delete an event
    (I) Show Interface
    (Save) Save all events to a file
    (Load) Load events from the default file
    $: Load
    $> Load all lunch events from './mystl.json'
    $: R
    $> Event #1
    -- TITLE  : Test Lunch 1
    -- DATE   : 2018-11-03
    -- PEOPLE : Sebastian, Caro, Max, Lea
    -- GROUPS :
    ---  1. Caro,Max
    ---  2. Sebastian,Lea
    $> Event #2
    -- TITLE  : Test Lunch 2
    -- DATE   : 2018-11-07
    -- PEOPLE : Caro, Julia, Lea, Thomas
    $: C
    $> What is the name of the event? (Any signs)
    $: Test Lunch
    $> When is the event going to happen? (Any signs / 'Back')
    $: 2018-11-27
    $> Who is participating? (Any signs, separated by comma / 'Back')
    $: Sebastian, Karl, Lea, Caro, Hans, Roger
    $> Do you want to create this event? ('Yes' / 'Back')
    -- TITLE  : Test Lunch
    -- DATE   : 2018-11-27
    -- PEOPLE : Sebastian, Karl, Lea, Caro, Hans, Roger
    $: Yes
    $> Thank you, the event has been added


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