playground

Create Xcode Playgrounds for the Swift programming language with rich documentation generated from Markdown

Playground

Create Xcode Playgrounds for the Swift programming language with rich documentation generated from Markdown

Follow me on Twitter @jasonsandmeyer or watch this repo for updates!

Swift code is extracted from the Markdown with the same syntax used to specify languages for code blocks in GitHub-flavored Markdown. All other text is parsed normally as Markdown using marked.

# A Swift Tour

Tradition suggests that the first program in a new language should print the words "Hello, world"
on the screen. In Swift, this can be done in a single line:

```swift
println("Hello, world!")
```
  1. This tool requires Node.js. Download the installer from the Node.js website and follow the instructions.

  2. In your Terminal, run the following command to install the Playground Builder:

    $ npm install -g playground
  3. That's it! You should now be able to use the playground command.

Usage: playground <paths>... [options]
 
paths     Markdown files(s), or directory containing Markdown files,
          from which to build the Playground(s).
          
          The Markdown file(s) must have one of these common Markdown
          file extensions: .md .markdown .mdown .mkdn .mkd
 
Options:
 
   -d, --destination   Directory in which to output the Playground(s);
                       defaults to the current working directory
 
   -p, --platform      Specifies which platform's frameworks can be imported
                       in the Playground(s); only one platform can be choosen
                       [options: ios, osx] [default: osx]
 
   -n, --noreset       Don't allow edited code to be reset from the
                       "Editor → Reset Playground" menu in Xcode
 
   -s, --stylesheet    Path to custom stylesheet
 
   -v, --version       Print "playground" version and exit

You can also import the Playground Builder as a Node.js module.

var playground = require('playground');
 
playground.createFromFile('file.md', options);
playground.createFromFiles(['file.md', 'directory/of/files/'], options);
playground.createFromString('String containing markdown.', options);
  • paths (String or Array) or markdown (String)

    • createFromFile and createFromFiles expect a path to a Markdown file or directory containing Markdown files. An array of file and/or directory paths is also acceptable.
    • createFromString expects a string containing Markdown.
  • options (Object, optional) See the "Options" section below for available options.

  • callback (Function, optional) Function to be called once all Playground files have been output. First argument is err which contains an Error, if any.

  • name (default: 'MyPlayground') When using createFromString, specify a name for the playground. The name will be used for the filename. (The .playground extension is appended automatically.)

  • outputDirectory (default: process.cwd()) Path to directory in which to output the built Playground(s).

  • allowsReset (default: true) A Playground's code can be modified and saved. The Playground can be reset to its original code from the "Editor → Reset Playground" menu. This menu can be disabled for a Playground by setting this option to false.`

  • platform (default: 'osx') Set the platform to osx or ios to be able to import each platform's respective frameworks.

  • stylesheet Path to a custom stylesheet.

var playground = require('playground');
 
// Outputs `Introduction.playground` to current working directory 
playground.createFromFile('Introduction.md');
 
// Outputs `Variables.playground` to `/User/Jason/Playgrounds` 
playground.createFromString(markdown, {
  name: 'Variables',
  outputDirectory: '/User/Jason/Playgrounds'
});
 
// outputs `Constants.playground` and `Closures.playground` to CWD 
playground.createFromFiles(['Constants.md', 'Closures.md'], {
  allowsReset: false,
  platform: 'ios'
});
 
// outputs playgrounds for Markdown files in `./playgrounds` directory, 
// then invokes callback function 
playground.createFromFiles('./playgrounds', function(err) {
  if (err) { throw err; }
  console.log('Done building playgrounds!');
});

You may be wondering why I chose to use Node.js for this project.

I wrote this script with the intention of using it as part of a web-based CMS. It would be awesome to have downloadable playgrounds when I post Swift-related articles on my website, and a huge time-saver if they are generated automatically from the post's Markdown. Although this version already works very well from the Terminal, I'd love to one day rewrite it in Swift itself.

If the fact that this is written in JavaScript is unappealing to you, I ask that you please give it a chance. Node is very easy to install — especially on OS X! — and the Playground Builder is used just like any other command-line tool.

The MIT License

Copyright (c) 2014 Jason Sandmeyer

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:

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