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A clean ~ keeps a development environment together

Projit is a utility to specify directory structures for the different types of projects you work on and consistently generate them. It very nicely supports creating directories and files, copying directories and files, symlinking to dropbox and cloning source code directly from any git repository.


gem install projit

If you don't use Ruby on a regular basis you may want to hold off until I get a chance to create some package manager recipes.


projit new personal/projit

This will run the recipe you have installed in ~/.projit/template.rb. To get the generator that I use for web applications download this gist.

projit new personal/projit --git joefiorini/projit

This will run the same recipe but also clone the specified git repository (assuming you have clone_from_git in your recipe).

projit new screencast personal/projit_demo

Runs the recipe stored in ~/.projit/screencast.rb to setup a directory structure for screencasting. To get the generator that I use for screencasting download this gist (structure stolen from @topfunky).


Projit makes a few methods available to you to assist you in creating your directory structure. Use project_name to get access to the name you specified at the command line. create_project_directory will create the directory specified by "name" at your project root; its counterpart create_project_subdirs will create the directories you specified by calling project_subdirs under the project. Finally, create_link_in_dropbox will symlink your project to Dropbox (add a dropbox_home option to ~/.projit/config).


Contributions are encouraged, but given the very personal nature of workflows don't be suprised if I prefer creating recipes over adding to projit itself. Feel free to send pull requests though, it's the only way for me to see how other people use this. I will not accept Ruby code without spec coverage.

I would especially welcome package manager packages/tips. I don't want to require Rubygems for others to use this, but I have never packaged anything for distribution to brew/apt/emerge/port/etc.

Now, go get your home directory organized!