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    Nake is a Ruby Rake like tasks manager for NodeJS

    Usage Basics

    Nake provides you with some options how you can hook it up. First of all you can install Nake with npm

    npm install nake

    And after that create a Nakefile inside of your project

    var Nake = require('nake');
    Nake.task('taskname'[, 'description',] function() {
      // the task code in here

    Then run nake command in the terminal

    nake taskname

    Call -h for the command line options

    nake -h

    Using Without NPM

    If you don't have npm or want to use Nake as a standalone library, then just call Nake.start() the following way

    var Nake = require('nake');
    Nake.start(); // <- kicking in

    After that just run your file with NodeJS

    node ./myfile


    You also can create namespaces for tasks by using the Nake.namespace call

    Nake.namespace('boo', function() {
      Nake.task('task1', 'task1 description', function() {
        // task 2 code
      Nake.task('task2', 'task2 description', function() {
        // task 2 code

    After that you'll have those tasks registered within the boo: namespace

    nake boo:task1
    nake boo:task2

    Default Task

    To specify a default task that should be executed if the nake tool was called without any options, specify the task name with the Nake.Default attribute

    Nake.Default = 'task_name';

    Invoking Other Tasks

    You can invoke any tasks by name via the Nake.run call

    Nake.run('taskname', true); // <- quiet run

    Or you can save your tasks into local variables and run them directly

    var task1 = Nake.task('name1', function() {});
    var task2 = new Nake.Task('name2', function() {});
    task2.run(true); // <- quiet run

    Additionally you can run another task in the quiet mode but specify a step text

    Nake.task('taskname', 'Doing something');
    task.run('Doing something');

    In this case 'nake' will run the task in quiet mode but will print out specified text as a step in the log of the currently working task.

    Logging The Steps

    And you also can report the steps that your task is currently working on

    Nake.task('task', 'Task Description', function() {
      this.step('Doing something 1');
      // ....
      this.step('Doing something 2');
      // ....
      this.step('Doing something 3');
      // ....

    This will result the following log in the console

    == Task Description =======================================
     - Doing something 1
     - Doing something 2
     - Doing something 3


    This project is released under the terms of the MIT license.

    Copyright (C) 2011 Nikolay Nemshilov




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