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InteractivePrompt - A Generic Base REPL

While working on a yet to be released ETL tool (tentatively called ETLyte), I created a C# Console app to interact with the DLL. I was pretty sad to find that the Console doesn’t provide any command history. And there weren’t any tools out there that did provide a command history. Not just that, there weren’t any tools (that I could find, anyway) that provided a ready-to-go REPL / interactive prompt - which seemed crazy, because there are many times when you just want to provide a quick CLI interaction, but you don’t want to reinvent the handling of WriteLine and ReadLine.


So I set out to solve the problem, and ended up creating InteractivePrompt, a small library written in C# for implementing your own interactive CLI / REPL. I’m still working on bugs and adding more features, but at the moment it does exactly what I want:

To show off the simplicity of the library, there is a small example on my GitHub page, but I wanted to provide a little bit fuller of an example of what can be done pretty simply. So I created Another CSharp Repl (ACSR). It’s a neat little program that shows how to update the completions list with each command, and also how simple it is to handle commands coming from the user. The other fun part is intercepting the add a using reference to the namespace errors and trying to automatically add the namespace… there are probably some fun bugs in there, but hey, it’s a quick example. :) Enjoy!


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