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README.md

Jowl - JSON Operations With Lodash

$ jowl '{"messages" : _.map(d, "commit.author.date")}' < commits.json

Jowl is a command-line filter for JSON expressions that uses plain JavaScript with Lodash. It takes JSON on standard in, and writes pretty-printed JSON to standard out.

Jowl's goals are:

  • Easy to learn: Syntax you already know, as little magic as pratical
  • Concise: intended to be used in one-liners, where keystrokes are at a premium
  • Convenient: Do What I Mean shortcuts exist, but are not required for use

Installation

Jowl requires NodeJS 4 or greater running on either Unix or Windows.

npm install --global --production jowl

Reference

See the complete reference.

Comparison to similar programs

Several programs fulfill the same needs as Jowl. They are more mature and better polished. However, there is still a sweet spot among them that Jowl hits.

JQ

JQ is an awesome program for querying and transforming JSON that is better than Jowl in almost every way. Unfortunately, it uses its own syntax that can be hard to remember unless used frequently. Jowl's main benefit is that it uses familiar JavaScript syntax and Lodash functions.

Underscore-CLI

Underscore-CLI also processes JSON with JavaScript expressions and Underscore. It supports multiple kinds of operations, can output to several formats, and can even handle CoffeeScript input. It's extremely polished. Unfortunately, it either requires more typing than Jowl: underscore process "data[0]" vs jowl "d[0]" or learning its shortcuts, which are subcommands on the command line.

Contributing

See the guide to contributing.

License

MIT

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