Why is it so hard to write a scaffolding tool?

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  • arx

    Simple and user-friendly command-line tool for declarative scaffolding. (by norskeld)

  • Was in my todo to investigate scaffolding tools. Was thinking of using:

    https://github.com/norskeld/arx

    Curious what everyone else uses? Or you still start each project with empty folders and manually add things?

  • hof

    Framework that joins data models, schemas, code generation, and a task engine. Language and technology agnostic.

  • Check out my project https://docs.hofstadter.io

    This was a core tenant of the code generation. Additionally, you can also edit the output fields and still keep support for regeneration after template updates.

  • SurveyJS

    Open-Source JSON Form Builder to Create Dynamic Forms Right in Your App. With SurveyJS form UI libraries, you can build and style forms in a fully-integrated drag & drop form builder, render them in your JS app, and store form submission data in any backend, inc. PHP, ASP.NET Core, and Node.js.

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  • generator-seth

    Set up new Node.js projects

  • Perhaps, if you’re just creating a new application every couple of years. For library authors like myself, a scaffolding tool is exactly what I need to quickly make the ecosystem of small, reusable libraries that you speak of. Do you expect Sindre Sorhus to manually copy the MIT license to each new project? What about the CI config? The .gitignore?

    Okay, you might say, Sindre is an exceptional case. But on any new project, you might forget to include the correct set of files or screw up how they are set up by not filling in or updating a copyright notice, project version number, repo link, etc. Sure, you can cut down on the number of files you start your projects with and the fill-in-the-blank values they might need, but that only gets you so far and it reduces the initial usability of your project.

    A scaffolding tool helps maintain consistently high quality across projects. For example, my Yeoman generator automatically fetches the latest version of my favorite CLI helpers and testing framework and other dependencies, so I never accidentally start a project with an outdated, potentially insecure codebase.

    https://github.com/sholladay/generator-seth

    Not everyone needs something this fancy! Another commenter mentioned editor snippets, which is probably what I would use if I couldn’t have Yeoman. But when you make new projects on a regular basis, scaffolding is 100% the way to go.

  • awesome-projen

    P6M7G8's Awesome Projen

  • pdkit

    A construct driven approach to repository management

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

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