Oakton 2.0 — Improved command line parsing for ASP.Net Core

I published an update to Oakton last week that pushed it to 2.0. As a reminder, Oakton is yet another command line parsing tool for .Net, but differs a bit from other alternatives by separating the mechanics of command line parsing away from processing commands.

Some links:

At a high level, the feature set is:

  • Support for one or more distinct commands in a distinct command line tool ala the dotnet CLI (“run”, “new”, “test”, etc) or the git command line (“add”, “checkout”, “push”, “pull”, etc).
  • *nix style optional flags, including the single dash shorthand (think “git clean -xfd”)
  • Synchronous or asynchronous commands inside the same tool
  • Integrated command syntax help

And new for 2.0:

The “one model in” basic approach and most of the core code of Oakton was rescued and updated from the left over command line support originally written for FubuMVC back in about 2011 as I recall, so I think I can claim that Oakton is pretty battle tested.

 

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