Generators are made of some CUE files and directories of templates. You can run hof gen --init <name> to bootstrap a new generator module.

Bootstraping Your Geneartor

Throughout the first example, you will be building a code generation module. The following commands will create a new directory, git repository, and hof generator for you to start with.

Setup Commands

// create a directory
mkdir first-example && cd first-example
git init   // (optional)

// initialize a generator module
hof gen --init

Your working directory should now look like:

Module layout

|  // default directories
├── creators/
├── examples/
├── generators/
├── partials/
├── schema/
├── statics/
├── templates/
|  // dependency files
├── cue.mods
├── cue.sums
└── cue.mod/

You will often have other files depending on the languages or technologies you choose. A common example are the files for dependency management like package.json and go.mod. There are no restrictions or limits on what you can include.

The default directories:

  • schema is where your schemas for the other parts go
  • generators hold CUE files for specifiying your generators
  • templates, partials, and statics are files for generators
  • creators are often in a subdirectory with their own templates
  • examples for using your generators, also helpful for testing
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