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Custom IRB consoles made easy

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README.markdown

bombshell

Ever wanted to give dudes the ability to explore your library interactively? Like, with a custom IRB-like shell/console?

Really, you did? Weird.

Simple example

(The source code for this example is in doc/pizza.)

pizza/bin/pizza:

#!/usr/bin/env ruby
$:.unshift(File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/../lib') unless $:.include?(File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/../lib')

require 'rubygems'
require 'pizza'
Bombshell.launch(Pizza::Shell)

pizza/lib/pizza/shell.rb:

require 'bombshell'

module Pizza
 class Shell < Bombshell::Environment
   include Bombshell::Shell

   prompt_with 'pizzabot'

   def order(size)
     Pizza::Order.new(:size => size).place!
     puts 'Your pizza has been ordered! Super!'
   end
 end
end

Let's try it out:

$ pizza
pizzabot> order 'large'
Your pizza has been ordered! Super!
pizzabot>

If you have Bombshell's source checked out, you can try this at home:

$ cd doc/pizza
$ ./bin/pizza

Prompts

You set your prompt like this:

    prompt_with 'pizza_bot_loves_you'

Or like this:

    prompt_with do
     "pizza_bot / #{Time.now}" # binding is on your shell *class*
    end

Or even like this:

    prompt_with do |shell|
     "pizza_bot / #{shell.size}" # the block gets the shell *instance* when it asks for it
    end

Callbacks

You can set callbacks like this:

    before_launch do
     init # binding is on your shell *class*
    end

    before_launch do |size|
     Pizza.default_size = size # the block gets as many command-line parameters as you ask for
    end

    having_launched do
     puts size if size # binding is on your shell *instance*
    end

Subshells

If you dump all of your functionality into one shell, things could get a little messy. That's why we have subshells.

(The source code for this example is in doc/pizza2.)

pizza/lib/pizza/shell.rb:

require 'bombshell'

module Pizza
 class Shell < Bombshell::Environment
   include Bombshell::Shell
   prompt_with 'pizzabot'

   def pizza
     Order.launch
   end
 end
end

require 'pizza/shell/order'

pizza/lib/pizza/shell/order.rb:

module Pizza
 class Shell
   class Order < Bombshell::Environment
     include Bombshell::Shell
     prompt_with 'new order'

     def size(s)
       @size = s
       puts 'You got it!'
     end

     def topping(t)
       @toppings ||= []
       @toppings << t
       puts "Added #{t}"
     end

     def order
       Pizza::Order.new :size => @size, :toppings => @toppings
       puts 'Coming right up!'
       quit
     end
   end
 end
end

Let's try it out:

pizzabot> pizza
new order> size 'large'
You got it!
new order> topping 'pepperoni'
Added pepperoni
new order> order
Coming right up!
pizzabot>

If you have Bombshell's source checked out, you can try this at home:

$ cd doc/pizza2
$ ./bin/pizza

Tab completion

It's there. Give it a whirl with TAB.

To use:

  • Create a class for your shell and include Bombshell::Shell. You should also set this class to inherit from Bombshell::Environment as that will ensure your shell doesn't have any extraneous "commands" (i.e. methods) inherited from Object. (If you'd rather use a different basis--like CleanSlate--or undef methods yourself, go right ahead.)

  • Define your commands as instance methods on this class. There's nothing too funny going on here, it's just Ruby.

  • Kick off the shell with Bombshell.launch(YourShellClass). It's possible to do this from IRB but it's kind of messy (constant reassignment warnings). Instead, set up a "binary" for yourself like pizza/bin/pizza at the top of this file.

Hints:

  • Give your users a help command!
  • Use subshells for hierarchical interactivity!
  • Provide as thin of a wrapper you can above your library! We want to see what's going on!

Copyright

Copyright (c) 2011 Andy Rossmeissl. See LICENSE.txt for further details.

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