• Developing CLIs

    We engineer command-line interfaces to allow clients to perform administrative tasks without needing an admin user-interface.

We build command-line interfaces to automate and administer systems where the development of a full graphical user interface isn't justifiable. Our engineers are well adept at operating at the command line, scripting, and creating command-line applications.

Developing command-line interfaces can be a lot more cost-effective than designing and engineering an administrative user interface for a select number of users. CLIs are usually designed to perform specific operations and are extremely portable and as such easier to maintain and discard.

Client/Server Architecture

We use a client/server architecture to separate business concerns, especially the business logic from the user interfaces, allowing multiple clients to consume resources provided by the server. This is the standard architecture for multi-device products.

Collaborative Process

We include our clients in every step of the development process with complete transparency. Our network of professional and highly-skilled consultants will serve as a wellspring of knowledge, advising on and educating clients about design decisions as well as technical implementation.

Role-Based Access-Control

We establish RBAC (role-based access control) to ensure that individual users can only perform operations for which their role within the system will allow. This form of access-control provides the standard level of permission granularity for most systems.

Consultation

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Schedule a consultation where we'll discuss your project goals and begin modeling concepts and workflows.

Project Planning

First, we'll discuss your project needs, including your development timeline and engineering budget, as well as your deployment and maintenance expectations.

Data Modeling*

If time permits, or in subsequent consulting sessions, we'll begin to collaboratively model your project's concepts, entities, behaviors, rules, and workflows.

Engineering Management

Finally, we'll consider the needs of the team, i.e. project scope, technology expertise, infrastructure needs, management, monitoring, maintenance, etc.

Technology Stack

Next, we'll recommend, qualify, and document, the technology choices needed for the project's successful implementation, which will guide future development.

Interactive CLIs

A command-line interface is a computer program accessed from a computer terminal where the user issues a command to have the program execute an operation. This happens to be one of the earliest and easiest mechanisms for interacting with an application and is still widely used by programmers, systems administrators, and operations personnel. CLIs are less expensive to build, use fewer resources, can be combined with other programs to perform complex tasks, simplifies repetitive work, and are generally more flexible and powerful than systems with graphical interfaces designed to do pre-determined tasks.

The Benefit of Interactive CLIs

CLIs are usually smaller programs that follow the Unix philosophy of doing one thing well. As such, it's typically much faster at performing operations and tackling tedious work. Again, command-line interfaces are less expensive to build and easier to deploy to users, which are usually technology professionals and as such tend not to require elaborate documentation. Additionally, with requisite knowledge of the terminal and given the simplicity of the text-based interface, using a new CLI has virtually no learning curve.