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    generator-init-enhanced NPM version

    An easily composable Yeoman generator for quickly generating a license, README, and package.json that suits your needs


    First, install Yeoman and generator-init-enhanced using npm (we assume you have pre-installed node.js).

    npm install -g yo
    npm install -g generator-init-enhanced

    Then generate your new project:

    yo init-enhanced

    Usage in Your Own Project

    Simply answer all of the prompts after typing in the command above, and you're good to go! generator-init-enhanced will even remember what you answered last time! If you'd like to stick to the defaults and skip all prompts, simply generate with the --yes or --y flag:

    yo init-enhanced --y

    Note: I'd recommend not using the --yes/--y flag the first time you generate, so that you can enter all of your personal information once and have it filled out automatically for you in the future

    Usage in Your Generator

    There are two ways you can use this generator within yours. You can supply your own information, or you can allow it to do the work for you. Here's an example of supplying your own information:

    this.composeWith(require.resolve('generator-init-enhanced'), {
      name: 'your-project-name', //default: this.appname
      description: 'Your brief project description', //default: An awesome project
      explanation: 'Your longer and more detailed project explanation', //default: [your-project-name] is an awesome project that does awesome things
      homepage: 'Url to the project homepage', //no default
      license: 'The license you would like for your project', //default: MIT
      author: 'The name of the user', //no default
      email: 'The email of the user', //no default
      url: 'A url to a website or profile of the user', //no default
      main: 'The entry point file', //default: index.js
      keywords: 'keyword1, keyword2, keyword3', //no default
      scripts: 'commands: command1 && command2, command: other-longer-command', //no default
      private: Boolean, //default: false
      username: 'The Github username of the user',
      prompt: 'name, description, explanation', //default: prompt everything
      prompt: 'xname, description, explanation' //a leading 'x' denotes that you would like to prompt everything except the list that follows

    Note: generator-init-enhanced will remember users' past preferences and change defaults accordingly for fields like author and email that will likely remain the same across projects; consequently, even though it says above that there's no default for the author field, there will be a default if the user has used this generator before

    Note: All fields are optional, yet recommended

    You can also just let generator-init-enhanced do the work and prompt for you! It will remember user preferences. Here's an example:


    There's also an easy way to imitate npm/yarn init --y/yes, in which all defaults are used and prompting is skipped. Here's an example:

    this.composeWith(require.resolve('generator-init-enhanced'), {
      yes: true

    Licenses you can choose:

    • Apache 2.0
    • BSD 2-Clause (FreeBSD) License
    • BSD 3-Clause (NewBSD) License
    • GNU AGPL 3.0
    • GNU GPL 3.0
    • GNU LGPL 3.0
    • Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) License
    • MIT
    • Mozilla Public License 2.0
    • No License (Copyrighted)
    • Unlicense

    Getting To Know Yeoman

    • Yeoman has a heart of gold.
    • Yeoman is a person with feelings and opinions, but is very easy to work with.
    • Yeoman can be too opinionated at times but is easily convinced not to be.
    • Feel free to learn more about Yeoman.


    © Brandon Suen


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