Writing Command-Line Applications in NodeJS
Peter Benjamin

Great post, and while I use CLI apps wherever possible, I still have to think about the underlying ecosystem. At this point, I’d never muddy up my system with a node.js dependency chain— it’s almost rude as a developer to ask a user to poop a whole bunch of brittle scripts and their deps into their operating system with custom interpreters and dependency managers when it could all just be one simple binary and act like an actual citizen of the os it was built on. I find it sad that so many great cli apps have a dirty back-end because the dev chose to use a training-wheels language, especially when there are so many great developer-friendly compiled static languages choices out there today. Some time in the past though, I thought ‘easy’ is better and reached for ruby/js/etc, but now we don’t have that excuse.

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