Chapter 9. DESIGNING A COMMAND LINE INTERFACE

A command line interface (CLI) gives your customers a secure, low-bandwidth, easily scripted way to configure and manage your appliance. As a Linux developer, you are already familiar with bash, Linux's most popular CLI. For the same reasons that you would not want to manage a Linux box without a bash command line, your customers might not want to manage your appliance without a similarly easy-to-manage CLI.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Why you need a CLI

  • Types of CLIs

  • Giving users access to a CLI

  • The Laddie CLI

  • Code review for the test command

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