[Rubygems-developers] FYI: I'm working on the orthogonal interface I mentioned

Chad Fowler chad at chadfowler.com
Sat Mar 20 22:43:48 EST 2004

On Saturday, March 20, 2004, at 09:26 PM, Gavin Sinclair wrote:

> On Sunday, March 21, 2004, 10:40:44 AM, Gavin wrote:
>> In the message "Modified usage information, and several suggestions",
>> I outlined a more orthogonal and holistic approach to local and remote
>> operations.
> And here is the code.  (See attached.)
> This is in an alpha state.  I'm just submitting it for usability
> comments, etc.  The code's pretty clean, but there are lots of TODOs
> scattered around.  I'll certainly submit an improved version in
> future, but I've run out of time for this weekend, so see what you
> think!  The file is called gem.new, so just drop it in the
> rubygems/bin directory and run install.rb.  Start off with 'gem.new 
> -h'.
> To help you understand the code, this is how I've arranged it.
> RubyGemsOptions:
>  - represents command-line options
>  - attributes: operation, argument, domain, force, (other modifiers)
>  - methods: valid?, local?, remote?
> RubyGemsFacade:
>  - implements all operations
>  - takes account of options specified
>  - methods: install, build, search, etc.
> RubyGemsApp:
>  - parses command-line
>  - defers to RubyGemsFacade
>  - methods: run
> The code is longer now, but hopefully easier to tailor in the future.

See my previous post about my capability to pay attention to detail 
right now, but a quick glance shows this to be an obvious improvement 
over what we had.  bin/gem was in desperate need of a rewrite.  Thanks 
for the effort.


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