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README.rst

skeleton is similar to the template part of PasteScript but without any dependencies; it is also compatible with Python 3.

Requirements

  • Python 2.6 or 3.1

It currently only has been tested with Python 2.6 and 3.1 on Mac OSX.

Installation

The easiest way to get skeleton is if you have setuptools / distribute or pip installed:

easy_install skeleton

or:

pip install skeleton

The current development version can be found at http://github.com/dinoboff/skeleton/tarball/master.

Usage example

Let's create a basic module template; one with a setup.py, a README and the module files.

First, create the skeleton script layout:

mkmodule.py
basic-module/README
basic-module/setup.py_tmpl
basic-module/{module_name}.py

mkmodule.py

mkmodule.py is the script that create new modules:

#!/usr/bin/env python
"""
Basic script to create an empty python package containing one module
"""
from skeleton import Skeleton, Var


class BasicModule(Skeleton):
    """
    Create an empty module with its etup script and a README file.
    """
    src = 'basic-module'
    variables = [
        Var('module_name'),
        Var('author'),
        Var('author_email'),
        ]


def main():
    """Basic command line bootstrap for the BasicModule Skeleton"""
    BasicModule.cmd()

if __name__ == '__main__':
    main()

The src attribute sets the relative path to the skeleton directory where the script will find the files and directories to create.

The variables attribute list the variables the templates will require. The variables with a default can be left blank by the user.

Skeleton.cmd() is a convenient method to set an optparser and the logging basic config, and to apply the skeleton:

Usage: mkmodule.py [options] dst_dir

Options:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -q, --quiet
  -v, --verbose
  -d, --debug
  --module-name=NAME    Module Name
  --author=AUTHOR       Author
  --author-email=EMAIL  Author Email

If you needed to run a Skeleton yourself, you would use the constructor, the update or __setitem__ methods to set the variables (Skeleton is a dict subclass), and the write(dst_dir) or run(dst_dir) methods to apply the skeleton. write() will raise a KeyException if a variable is not set; run() will prompt the user for the missing variables

basic-module/README

README a is static file that will simply be copied:

TODO: write the description of this module.

basic-module/setup.py_tmpl

setup.py_tmpl is a template (it ends with the _tmpl suffix) that will be used to create a setup.py file:

#!/usr/bin/env python

from distutils.core import setup


PROJECT = {module_name!r}
VERSION = '0.1'
AUTHOR = {author!r}
AUTHOR_EMAIL = {author_email!r}
DESC = "A short description..."

setup(
    name=PROJECT,
    version=VERSION,
    description=DESC,
    long_description=open('README.rst').read(),
    author=AUTHOR,
    author_email=AUTHOR_EMAIL,
    py_module=[{module_name!r},],
)

By default, Skeleton uses python 2.6+ string formatting.

basic-module/{module_name}.py

{module_name}.py is the module file for which the name will be set dynamically at run time.

Note

All file names are formatted using Skeleton.template_formatter method. Watch out for special characters (with the default formatter, use {{ to render { and }} for } - unless you want to render a variable).

Extra

skeleton includes a skeleton for a basic package layout, you can run it with:

python -m skeleton.examples.basicpackage <dst_dir>

or with virtualenvwrapper.project. Install it:

pip install skeleton[virtualenv-templates]

Configure virtualenvwrapper and virtualenwrapper.project; then, create a new project:

mkproject -t package <project name>

Todo:

  • add more examples.

Development

Report any issues and fork squeleton at http://github.com/dinoboff/skeleton/ .

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