Ink: React for CLIs

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This one is short and sweet.

Are you familiar with React? Then you know Ink. I haven't tried this out yet, but basically it's a custom React renderer that allows you to build beautiful CLIs.

Flexbox in a CLI? 🤯 React hooks in a CLI? YOLO my friend, YOLO.

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Here's a little example straight from the repository's ReadME:

import React, {Component} from 'react';
import {render, Color} from 'ink';

class Counter extends Component {
constructor() {
super();

this.state = {
i: 0
};
}

render() {
return (
<Color green>
{this.state.i} tests passed
</Color>
);
}

componentDidMount() {
this.timer = setInterval(() => {
this.setState({
i: this.state.i + 1
});
}, 100);
}

componentWillUnmount() {
clearInterval(this.timer);
}
}

render(<Counter/>);

And here's the author of Gatsby working on a build flow using Ink.

The jest example is also very cool.

Even the folks at npm think it's kinda cool.

Vadim, the author of Ink has a great intro post to it, Building rich command-line interfaces with Ink and React.

So what are you going to build with Ink? 😉

Happy coding!

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