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Advanced prompt documentation improvement #35

jaykoontz opened this Issue Mar 13, 2018 · 3 comments


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jaykoontz commented Mar 13, 2018

Fantastic feature. I ran into a few roadblocks that I eventually overcame myself, so here's a more advanced example in case you find it useful. It covers:

  • ensuring all questions are asked before next prompt is executed
  • ensuring answers from both prompts are returned (was getting an error for missing template variables if I didn't do this explicitly)
  • parsing the first set of answers to create the next set of prompt questions
  • accessing dynamically-created variable names in the templates
module.exports = {
  prompt: ({ inquirer }) => {
    // defining questions in arrays ensures all questions are asked before next prompt is executed
    const questions = [{
      type: 'input',
      name: 'name',
      message: 'Name of form? (ex: AddContactForm)',
      type: 'confirm',
      name: 'shouldValidateForm',
      message: 'Do you need to validate the form?',
      type: 'input',
      name: 'formFieldNames',
      message: 'Field names? (separate by comma: "field1, field2,field3")',

    return inquirer
      .then(answers => {
        const { formFieldNames } = answers
        const questions = []

        // these values can be retrieved in the template with: eval(field + '.validation')
        formFieldNames.split(',').forEach((field) => {
            type: 'input',
            name: field + '.validation',
            message: `Input the validation for ${field} (ex: isBlank(${field}) && '${field} is required')`,

        // both set of answers must be returned as a merged object, else the previous set of answers won't be available to the templates
        return inquirer.prompt(questions).then(nextAnswers => Object.assign({}, answers, nextAnswers))

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jondot commented Mar 14, 2018

Thanks! would you like me to include this example in the docs?


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jaykoontz commented Mar 14, 2018

It covered a few pitfalls I faced when using the current example, but it is a bit long. Feel free to add it if you think it fits in the docs.


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jondot commented Mar 15, 2018

Done! added link to this issue and credit 🥇

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