Command line application micro-framework.
Glint is a micro framework for command line applications, it creates the needed parameters that should be passed to the application based on the function signatures that it is supplied.
The inspiration for Glint came from wanting to have a command driven cli app similar to how git works which I was unable to replicate with argparse.
Glint requires Python 3.3 or higher to run, it has no other dependencies outside of the python core library.
The easiest way to install Glint is to use pip and run:
pip install glint
Otherwise download the Glint source code extract it and from the root directory run:
python ./setup.py install
All usage documentation for Glint can be found over at read the docs.
If you want to see what’s coming up in the near future for Glint go visit the huboard for the project.
The source for Glint can be found over at Github, if you want to contribute that would be a good place to start. If you are wanting to report a bug all of that is kept at github as well in the issue tracker, the issues are also used to track upcoming work on Glint though features/issues that will be worked on before the next release can be more easily visualised over at huboard. If you want to keep a track of the status of the bleeding edge then you’ll able to see the current state at Travis.
You’ve downloaded/cloned Glint and made some changes you’d like to have merged in, firstly awesome thanks hugely! There are a couple of guidelines around submitting changes:
- Changes will only be accepted via pull requests on github.
- Any code changes should have some unit tests, if it’s a fix for a bug it won’t be accepted unless it has tests.
- Again with any code changes if your pull request breaks the build it won’t be accepted.
Running the tests
While Glint doesn’t have any dependencies outside of the python core library you will need to install nose to run the tests. Once that is installed you have two options for running the test you can run either:
python ./setup.py test
- Updated the argument parsing to allow optional arguments in the format of <prefix><name>=<value>
- Updated the argument parsing to replace - characters with _ when parsing positional arguments and flags.
- Running a method based on the first argument supplied.
- Running a ‘default’ method when no arguments are supplied.
- Parsing of positional arguments based on method signature.
- Parsing of optional arguments based on method signature.
- Parsing of flags based on method signature.
- Printing of dynamically generated help screen based on the commands that had been set up.
- Printing of dynamically generated help screen for a particular command based on the method signature supplied to that command.
Glint is available under the MIT license which is as follows:
Copyright © 2013 Michael Lowen
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