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A dependency is in essence just a requirement, an argument, to something. Commands and boilerplates can have dependencies. A dependency for a command could be a simple argument or an option. Shell example for command dependencies:

$ program <dependency> --<anotherDependency> 

While for boilerplates it would in most cases be an argument to the templating engine, for example for the ‘application’ boilerplate a dependency would be the name of the application:

    "id": "some-uuid",
    "name": <'name' dependency>


A dependency can be created programmatically, for example for a command, or it can be defined as part of a json object.

For json a dependency is a key-value pair where the key is the name of the dependency and the value is an object with the properties. Thus the dependencies for something (a boilerplate, for instance) is a map.

    "dependencyName": {
        "description": "",
        "type": ""
    "secondDependencyName": {
        "description": "",
        "type": ""


description - string

Is simply the description of this dependency. For a CLI, for instance, it can be the text printed out in association with the dependency when doing —help.

type - string

Is the type of dependency. The dependency type determines how that specific dependency is going to be resolved.

There are two possible values for ‘type’: ‘userInput’ and ‘discover’

A ‘userInput’ dependency, also called Prompt Dependency, is a dependency that is resolved by the user, usually as an argument or as an answer to a prompt.

A ‘discover’ dependency is a dependency that is resolved automatically, it usually involves finding one or more files based on a regex pattern.


When a boilerplate or command have dependencies we would expect that they’d be resolved somehow, somewhere, before they are needed. The dependency system provides an interface defining a system that can resolve dependencies called ICanResolveDependencies. That interface simply provides two, self explaining, methods: canResolve and resolve.

The dependency system exposes a system that knows about all registered resolvers, so when a dependency is attempted resolved this is where the resolving starts. For any given dependency that is attempted resolved the dependency system will find a resolver that can resolve the dependency, meaning that there can only exist one resolver that can resolve it, otherwise the dependency system will fall over.

There are a few dependency resolvers provided by the dependency system, but every tool built upon the Tooling Platform will need to create some of its own. See Prompt dependency for more info