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From Sebastian Werler <>
Subject Re: CLI Help and Espresso tools
Date Mon, 04 Jun 2012 09:24:03 GMT
Hi Brian,

ok, thanks for your information.

As a starter, maybe we also should get more granularity in our package tool in Espresso, e.g.

init: Cordova Project Initialization
build: Project Build
export: sign etc.

and then build master scripts, wrapping this (as you described).

We'd have more flexibility then and could provide this. As you said, cross platform is hard
:) We know this, due to many shell scripts only executable on Unix-based systems.

We'll come back, once we have something useful for you.

Best regards

Am 01.06.2012 um 18:33 schrieb Brian LeRoux:

> Hey Sebastian, for the moment the CLI business is just plain Bash
> (most portable situation) and only for very narrow use case of project
> generation. Anis is going to be tackling plugin installation based on
> prior art by Andrew Lunny but this is a long term thing not so much
> something we can just do without extensive battle testing in the wild.
> (Cross platform is hard.)
> Once we get the basics sorted a master script wrapping the smaller
> purpose built tools for each platform is in plan. But that part isn't
> in the near term. There may be small tools for other common
> automations like log, debug, install, etc.
> As always: input really appreciated. We've had a tonne of false starts
> here mostly due to dependency hell (across runtimes) so keeping the
> focus on very narrow use cases the key.
> On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 8:52 AM, Sebastian Werler
> <> wrote:
>> Hey guys,
>> I've read about your plans to implement a CLI for Cordova. I was wondering
>> if you're already working on it? Do you have further details on it?
>> We've built a native packaging component for our build and development tool
>> "Espresso" for our HTML5 framework The-M-Project
>> ( This gives us the ability to build native
>> apps based on Cordova/PhoneGap out of our web apps by just entering a simple
>> command (e.g. "espresso package build android").
>> In the near future we're also having Cordova Plugin support integrated. I
>> was wondering if you're interested in our help  with our code and knowledge.
>> You'll find Espresso on GitHub:
>> It's based on Node.js, Shell and some portions of Python.
>> I'm looking forward to your feedback.
>> Keep up the great work!
>> Best regards from Germany
>> Sebastian
>> --
>> Developer

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