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Radically simple app initialization

Project description

Initialization of new software projects should be quick and easy.

Boil tries to solve the following problems:

  • Wasting time on the initialisation of new software projects from scratch: creating a file structure, thinking about naming conventions, researching best practices - almost always requires documentation lookup.

  • No consistency between projects. Most developers initiate projects in their own way, which is often incorrect or outdated.

  • Burden of bootstrapping tools for different technologies (separate app generator for Ansible, Django, Rails, etc.).

  • Lack of boilerplates for many software categories. If they already exist, they require manual adjustments.

Here is how:

  • Leverage the Jinja templating engine to automatically generate project files. Ask the user for a minimal set of variables (such as project name, author, license etc.) and inject them into the right place.

  • Organize a centralized, plugable repository for project templates. Let the community decide on their final form.

  • Provide a single API for initializing projects in any technology.


Use pip or easy_install:

$ pip install boil


$ boil
    boil list
    boil search <phrase>
    boil new <plate_name>
    boil -h | --help

List all available plates:

$ boil list

Search for plates:

$ boil search <phrase>

Initialize new project from selected plate:

$ boil new <plate_name>


List all available plates:

$ boil list

Search for Python-related plates:

$ boil search python

Initialize new Python package:

$ boil new python_package

Initialize new Django app:

$ boil new django_app

Initialize new Rails app:

$ boil new rails_app

Initialize new Ruby gem:

$ boil new gem

Initialize new Bash command-line tool:

$ boil new bash_cli

Initialize new Ansible role:

$ boil new ansible_role

Initialize new plate:

$ boil new plate

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