A library for writing tables
Escritoire is a simple library for printing tabular data in monospaced fonts, typically for use in console applications.
- prints data using Unicode box-drawing characters
- supports multiline cells
- cell contents may be left, right or centrally aligned
- compact display for tables which don't include multiline contents
Escritoire has not yet been published. The medium-term plan is to build Escritoire with Fury and to publish it as a source build on Vent. This will enable ordinary users to write and build software which depends on Escritoire.
Subsequently, Escritoire will also be made available as a binary in the Maven Central repository. This will enable users of other build tools to use it.
For the overeager, curious and impatient, see building.
All Escritoire terms and types are defined in the
Creating a table to be displayed in a monospaced font (e.g. for rendering in a console) is easy,
and first requires a
Tabulation instance to be defined, specifying each column and how it should
case class Person(name: Text, age: Int, active: Boolean)
val table = Table[Person](
Column(t"Active"): person =>
if person.active then t"Yes" else t"No"
describes a table of three columns,
Active, defined for rows of type
where the content for each column is defined by a lambda, such as
_.age. The return
types of these lambdas are any types which can be rendered as
AnsiTexts. In other words, any
type for which an
AnsiShow instance exists.
Given such a definition, any collection of instances of
ps, can be rendered as a table
Seq[Text] of each output line) of maximum width
width by calling
val persons = List(Person(t"Bill", 48, true), Person(t"Janet", 54, false))
def renderTable(): Unit =
will return and print a sequence of
│ Name │ Age │ Active │
│ Bill │ 48 │ Yes │
│ Janet │ 54 │ No │
Escritoire is classified as maturescent. For reference, Scala One projects are categorized into one of the following five stability levels:
- embryonic: for experimental or demonstrative purposes only, without any guarantees of longevity
- fledgling: of proven utility, seeking contributions, but liable to significant redesigns
- maturescent: major design decisions broady settled, seeking probatory adoption and refinement
- dependable: production-ready, subject to controlled ongoing maintenance and enhancement; tagged as version
- adamantine: proven, reliable and production-ready, with no further breaking changes ever anticipated
Projects at any stability level, even embryonic projects, can still be used, as long as caution is taken to avoid a mismatch between the project's stability level and the required stability and maintainability of your own project.
Escritoire is designed to be small. Its entire source code currently consists of 250 lines of code.
Escritoire will ultimately be built by Fury, when it is published. In the meantime, two possibilities are offered, however they are acknowledged to be fragile, inadequately tested, and unsuitable for anything more than experimentation. They are provided only for the necessity of providing some answer to the question, "how can I try Escritoire?".
Copy the sources into your own project
furyfile in the repository root to understand Escritoire's build structure, dependencies and source location; the file format should be short and quite intuitive. Copy the sources into a source directory in your own project, then repeat (recursively) for each of the dependencies.
The sources are compiled against the latest nightly release of Scala 3. There should be no problem to compile the project together with all of its dependencies in a single compilation.
Build with Wrath
Wrath is a bootstrapping script for building Escritoire and other projects in the absence of a fully-featured build tool. It is designed to read the
furyfile in the project directory, and produce a collection of JAR files which can be added to a classpath, by compiling the project and all of its dependencies, including the Scala compiler itself.
Download the latest version of
wrath, make it executable, and add it to your path, for example by copying it to
Clone this repository inside an empty directory, so that the build can safely make clones of repositories it depends on as peers of
wrath -Fin the repository root. This will download and compile the latest version of Scala, as well as all of Escritoire's dependencies.
If the build was successful, the compiled JAR files can be found in the
Contributors to Escritoire are welcome and encouraged. New contributors may like to look for issues marked beginner.
We suggest that all contributors read the Contributing Guide to make the process of contributing to Escritoire easier.
Please do not contact project maintainers privately with questions unless there is a good reason to keep them private. While it can be tempting to repsond to such questions, private answers cannot be shared with a wider audience, and it can result in duplication of effort.
Escritoire was designed and developed by Jon Pretty, and commercial support and training on all aspects of Scala 3 is available from Propensive OÜ.
Escritoire is a pun: it is named after a type of writing table, since its purpose is for writing tables.
In general, Scala One project names are always chosen with some rationale, however it is usually frivolous. Each name is chosen for more for its uniqueness and intrigue than its concision or catchiness, and there is no bias towards names with positive or "nice" meanings—since many of the libraries perform some quite unpleasant tasks.
Names should be English words, though many are obscure or archaic, and it should be noted how willingly English adopts foreign words. Names are generally of Greek or Latin origin, and have often arrived in English via a romance language.
The logo shows some stylized papers laid out on a green writing table, or escritoire.
Escritoire is copyright © 2024 Jon Pretty & Propensive OÜ, and is made available under the Apache 2.0 License.